Indian-origin Anita Bhatia, a veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the Deputy Executive Director in the global body’s agency focused on women empowerment and gender equality.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) partnered with IDFC FIRST Bank to provide financing solutions for vehicles across the country. The Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was signed for the loan facility up to 100% of vehicle cost, zero processing fee, down payment of Rs.999 and extended loan tenure of 48 months offered to two-wheeler customers.
10th National Science Film Festival of India(NSFFl) will be in Agartala, Tripura in January-February 2020. This is for the second time the event will be held in a North-Eastern city. It will be jointly hosted by Vigyan Prasar of the Central Government, State Government, and Tripura Central University. Chief Minister of the State Biplab Kumar Deb had requested the Union Science and Technology Minister to hold the NSFF in Tripura.
World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.
The SWIFT India and South Asia Conference held at the St Regis Mumbai. The theme of the conference was “Digitisation in transition: The future of innovation and cyber security. It was organized and hosted by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). The objective of the conference was to discuss these key issues with a specific focus on innovation and our preparedness to face challenges around cybersecurity. At the conference, BCG (Boston Consulting Group) also released a paper titled “Unlocking Success in Corporate Banking Through Digital”.
Modi took oath as the PM for a second consecutive term. 57 other members of the Council of Ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, and Sadananda Gowda, also took the oath. A total of 24 Cabinet Ministers took oath at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, followed by nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Ministers of State.
Narendra Modi – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister
Rajnath Singh – Defence
Amit Shah – Home Affairs
Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance; Corporate Affairs
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – External Affairs
Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
DV Sadananda Gowda – Chemical and Fertilizers
Ram Vilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Narendra Singh Tomar – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj
Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law and Justice; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology
Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries
Thawarchand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment
Arjun Munda – Tribal Affairs
Smriti Irani – Women and Child Development; Textiles
Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; Earth Sciences
Prakash Javdekar – Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting
Piyush Goyal – Railways; Commerce and Industries
Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minority Affairs
Prahlad Joshi – Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; Mines
Mahendra Nath Pandey – Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Arvind Sawant – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise
Giriraj Singh – Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Jal Shakti
The invasive Kappaphycus alvarezii seaweed, which smothers and kills coral reefs, has spread its wings to coral reef areas in Valai island in the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and set to invade new coral colonies in the marine national park. Macrofaunal and fish density decreased when Kappaphycus cover increased. After invading Shingle, Kurusadai and Mulli islands in Mandapam cluster of the GoM, the red algae invaded Valai island along Kilakarai coast following its cultivation in south Palk Bay.
India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows declined for the first time in six years in 2018-19. Data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and internal trade showed FDI equity inflows into India declined 1% to $44.4 billion in the year to 31 March. The decline signals a squeeze in long-term foreign investment into the country.