An incubation centre for biotechnology start-ups is to be set up at the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad.
To be supported by the NITI Aayog.
It will create facilities and bring in stakeholders to ensure the success of innovative ideas.
Under this, the government will release funds of Rs. 10 crore in the coming five years.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received the 2017 UN Public Service Award at a ceremony held in The Hague, Netherlands.
It was given on behalf of her government for the 'Kanyashree Prakalpa' initiative that sought to reduce the high child marriage rates and low female education rates in the state.
The UN Public Service Awards are given by the world body to institutions from across the world for their innovation and excellence in providing public services. It highlights the pivotal role of public services in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The West Bengal government was among the 12 institutions from 11 countries that were recognised by the world body on UN Public Service Day.
The ICC has appointed Imran Khawaja, a veteran administrator from Singapore, as its deputy chairman.
The newly created position is part of the new constitution that was unanimously adopted by the ICC.
Khawaja will deputise in ICC meetings in case the chairman Shashank Manohar is absent.
Khawaja, who is a senior lawyer, has been an invisible force at the ICC Board for several years.
Although his main role has been as the chairman of Associates counties, Khawaja has been part of influential committees with the ICC seeking his counsel.
The most recent example of Khawaja's influence came when he convinced Manohar to take back his resignation and finish his two-year tenure.
The central government on Friday launched the "City Liveability Index".
It is a first of its kind initiative introduced by the Urban Development Ministry.
It will measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including capital cities and those with population over one million.
The cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters to capture the extent and quality of infrastructure including availability of roads, education and health care, mobility, employment opportunities, emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open, green spaces, and culture.
The Ministry also disbursed Rs 500 crore as incentive to 16 states that performed well in implementing urban reforms during 2016-17.
Andhra Pradesh topped the list scoring 96.06 per cent marks. Others who received the incentive fund in order of merit were Odisha (95.38 per cent), Jharkhand (91.98 per cent), Chhattisgarh (91.37 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (90.20 per cent), Telangana (86.92 per cent) and Rajasthan (84.62 per cent).
Punjab also scored 77.02 per cent along with Kerala (75.73 per cent), Goa (75.38 per cent), Mizoram (75 per cent), Gujarat (73.80 per cent), Chandigarh (72.73 per cent), Uttar Pradesh(70.67 per cent) and Maharashtra (70.52 per cent).
India and Russia have finalized a roadmap to further boost bilateral defence cooperation.
This came during the 17th India-Russia inter-governmental commission on military-technical cooperation, which was co-chaired by defence minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoygu in Moscow.
It also aims to enhance cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, exercises, exchange of visits, military cooperation and training.
Parbinder Kaur Shergill, has become first turbaned Sikh woman Supreme Court judge of Canada.
The announcement was made by the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Shergill migrated from Punjab to Canada with her family when she was four years old.
Shergill grew up in Williams Lake, British Columbia, and received her degree in law from the University of Saskatchewan. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991, she held leadership positions both within and outside the legal community. She was involved with the Cabinet of Canadians, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and the Canadian Bar Association.
According to ‘Handbook of Statistics on States 2016-17‘, the gross fiscal deficits of all the states have soared to Rs 4,93,360 crore in fiscal 2016 from Rs 18,790 crore in FY1991.
The gap is projected to improve to Rs 4,49,520 crore as per the budget estimates of the states for fiscal 2017.
Uttar Pradesh had a fiscal deficit of a paltry Rs 3,070 crore in FY91, which zoomed to Rs 64,320 crore in FY16 and is projected to improve to Rs 49,960 crore in FY17.
Rajasthan, which had a gross fiscal deficit of Rs 540 crore in FY91, saw it soaring to Rs 67,350 crore in FY16 and is projected to decline to Rs 40,530 crore in FY17.
Maharashtra, one of the most urbanised and industrialised states, had a gap of Rs 1,020 crore in FY91 but the same jumped to Rs 37,950 crore in FY16 which is projected to improve to Rs 35,030 crore in FY17.
Gujarat, which had seen rapid industrialisation during the period of data analysis, had only Rs 1,800 crore in fiscal deficit in FY91 but the same had jumped to Rs 22,170 crore in FY16 and is projected to further deteriorate in FY17 to Rs 24,610 crore.
Andhra Pradesh has a deficit of Rs 17,000 crore in FY16 which is set to increase to Rs 20,500 crore in FY17.
Tamil Nadu is also projected to have a higher deficit at Rs 40,530 crore in FY17.
Karnataka is also estimated to post higher deficit in FY17 at Rs 25,660 crore.
Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test match status, taking the number of countries playing at the pinnacle of cricket from 10 to 12.
Both countries were confirmed as full members after a unanimous vote at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting during its annual conference in London.
Now the Ireland and Afghanistan's men's teams will be eligible to play five-day Test cricket.
Saudi Arabia has decided to impose a family tax of 100 riyals per dependent per month on expatriates.
The “dependent fee” will be implemented from July 1 and is expected to pose a financial burden on the over 41 lakh Indian families living in that country.
As per exchange rate, the 100 riyals fee amounts to Rs 1,723 for each dependent.
This would mean, that for a family of 4 with one working member, an amount of Rs 5,169 would have to be paid to the Saudi government.
In addition, families are required to pay the entire sum in advance if they wish to renew their resident permits.
The family tax will increase every year for each dependent until 2020, taking the net sum to 400 riyals per dependent for each month.
The impact of such a heavy duty has already affected lakhs of Indian expatriates, forcing them to return back home.
The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have together agreed to extend $380 million of loan to Andhra Pradesh towards helping the southern state build a reliable, quality and affordable power supply to citizens.
World Bank has signed an agreement with the government of India and Andhra Pradesh government to extend $240 million of loan.
AIIB has also signed a $140 million loan, which is considered the first such project in India to be co-financed by it.
The World Bank and AIIB will provide loans in a 60:40 ratio for all the components of the project that is aimed at providing 24X7 power for all.
Under the project, Andhra Pradesh will build new transmission and distribution infrastructure, as well as put in place systems to improve the technical efficiency and commercial performance of its power sector utilities.
The project is expected to help bring in modern technology solutions such as automated sub-stations and network analysis and planning tools to provide reliable power supply and enhance customer satisfaction.
Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar onFriday announced that a mobile app named ‘My Plant’.
It would help in recording data about tree plantations in the state, would be launched on July 1.
Using this app, people and organisations can feed the data about the saplings they have planted with the forest department, which would help it in creating a database of trees.
The forest department has set a target of planting four crore saplings through public participation between July 1 and 7.
E-commerce giant Amazon has tied up with ClearTax to help sellers on their platform make a seamless transition to the GST regime and help them file their tax returns with ease.
ClearTax Biz and Cleartax Biz+, two softwares launched by ClearTax, will be available to the sellers free of cost for the first two months after sign-up.
Subsequently, the software will be provided at a 30 per cent discount for sellers registered with Amazon India.