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Ministry of AYUSH and Advertising Standards Council of India sign MoU

In order to curtail malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH drugs, the Ministry of AYUSH has signed a MoU with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). 
●    Addressing the cases of misleading advertisements with respect to Ayurveda, 
●    Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy drugs, treatments and related services, ASCI will comprehensively monitor these advertisements across print and electronic media. 
●    The MoU was signed by  Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of AYUSH Dr, Dinesh Chan Katoch and Chairman, ASCI Shri Srinivasan K Swamy in the presence of Secretary AYUSH Shri Ajit M Sharan at New Delhi.
●     ASCI has been given a self-monitoring mandate by the Ministry of AYUSH to identify potentially misleading advertisement in the AYUSH sector and process complaints through its Consumer Complaints Council (CCC). 
●    The Ministry of AYUSH will also redirect complaints against misleading advertisements they receive, to the ASCI, which will be reviewed using ASCI’s code and guidelines. 
●    The MoU also requires ASCI to report to the Ministry of AYUSH, all advertisements in potential violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules thereunder as well as non-compliance of ASCI’s CCC recommendations for the Ministry of AYUSH to take further action.

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President Inaugurates 28TH Dantan Gramin Mela -2017

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela -2017 at Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal yesterday (19th January, 2017).
●    Speaking on the occasion, the President Pranab Mukherjee expressed concern over growing tensions and difference of opinion in society. 
●    Referring to the violence in different parts of the world, the President said the general trend of human society is for people to love each other and co-exist, not spread hatred. 
●    Rural fairs like Dantan Gramin Mela promote brotherhood, harmony and peaceful co-existence among people. 
●    They reflect the eternal wisdom of rural areas and increase friendship amongst different sections of society.
 

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Raisina Dialogue Conducted

The first Raisina-Dialogue 2017, a flagship conference on Geopolitics and Geo-economics began in New Delhi. 
●    The three day conference is joint initiative of Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank based in India. 
●    The geo-political conference was attended by over 250 delegates from 65 countries.
●    The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2017 is “The New Normal: Multilateralism in a multipolar world”. 
●    It will enable the MEA to reach out to a wider international multi-disciplinary audience. 
●    It will focus on Asia’s economic, physical, human and digital connectivity and shall attempt to discover challenges and opportunities for the region to manage its common spaces. 
●    It will provide platform to explore prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s Integration with the whole world.
 

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Kalraj Mishra Inaugurates Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member Countries

Union Minister of MSME, Shri Kalraj Mishra today inaugurated Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member countries. Speaking on the occasion, he said that this workshop will strengthen economic relationship amongst the member countries in the field of trade and investment facilitation especially in MSME sector. He also stated that India has  Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with 18 countries for cooperation in MSME sector. The National Small Industries Corporation of India, Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of MSME has 34 MoUs with its counterpart organizations of foreign countries for cooperation in MSME sector.
●    Shri Mishra also stated that this Workshop on SME cooperation will facilitate exchange of ideas, concerns and experiences of IORA member states and would help evolve a common MoU to address the emerging challenges in the region in MSME sector. He emphasized that the resilience in IORA over the last 20 years has been its innate strength. IORA’s evolution and growth have consistently seen an upward trajectory. He said that this strength must be reinforced by ensuring independence of strategy and priority. The onus of strengthening the regionalism in a composite manner must rest first on the shoulders of IORA members themselves.
●    Minister of State for MSME Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary has emphasized that the IORA region has emerged as a strong one with the highest growth prospects in the world. He also stated that India and IORA together represent a huge market in which suppliers can build scale and efficiency and investors can allocate capital most productively.
●    IORA Secretary General, Shri Bhagirath spoke about the IORA secretariat’s efforts in enhancing cooperation between the IORA member countries in terms of industrial and cultural cooperation. He also spoke about how the MSMEs in the IORA member countries help in alleviating poverty by creating more job opportunities.
●    Secretary MSME, Shri KK Jalan said that with the combined population of over 2 billion, IORA and India represent a vast market for goods and services and it is highly attractive due to large segment of high consuming middle class of about 600 million persons in India. He also expressed that this workshop will inspire the member countries to further cooperation and seek opportunities to support the progress towards mutual goals.
 

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Dr. Jitendra Singh and Parshottam Rupala inaugurate International Symposium

Addressing the inaugural session at the two-day International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic plants of India here today, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that lifestyle diseases like Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 require holistic management and with more than 65% to 70% of India’s population today being less than 40 years of age, Diabetes and heart attack in young are going to be the main challenges ahead, because these tend to affect the youth potential which is imperative in the task of nation building.
●    Dr Jitendra Singh referred to the change of disease spectrum of India over the last few decades and said that India today has evolved from an era of communicable diseases into an era of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, heart attack, lipid disorders, hypertension and other metabolic diseases. 
●    Even though a number of new remedies and medicinal options are available for the treatment of these diseases, he said, the basic Mantra is still based on lifestyle modifications and natural methods, and for this purpose, the various Indian medicine regimens incorporated in Naturopathy, Yoga and other indigenous therapies find a contributory role, he added.
●    India is the fountain- head and original birth-place of all the aromatic and medicinal plants, said Dr Jitendra Singh and regretted that in the last few decades, most of the research on the Indian medicinal plants was conducted in other countries and not in India. To that extent, he said, the Central Government has tried to vindicate the lapse of the earlier decades.
 

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Prehistoric Rock Paintings found near Hyderabad

In a recent discovery by Dyavanapalli Satyanarayana, ten prehistoric rock art sites in one cluster of four kilometers area with hundreds of red and white colour paintings in Daasarlapalli, Mulugu Mandal of Siddipet District and Yadaram of Medchal District is attracting a lot of attention.
●    On the southern face of the stone two elephants with tusks and trunks lifted are engraved as leaping further.
●    The time period of the engravings cannot easily be determined a Hanuman figure is also chiseled nearby the elephant figures during subsequent times,” says Satyanarayana.
●    In the last six-and-a-half decades the Department of Archaeology discovered 68 sites but in the last few years Satyanarayana has discovered 26 ones across Telangana.
●    Generally rock paintings are said to be 200 years old but there have been some discoveries that are much older.

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India becomes associate member state of CERN

India became an Associate member of CERN on Monday with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016.
●    On November 21, 2016, Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Fabiola Gianotti CERN Director General signed an Agreement to admit India to CERN as an Associate member. 
●    But India had to “notify CERN of its final approval for the Agreement to enter into force” and become an Associate member, which it did on Monday.
●    There are other benefits of becoming an Associate member. Whenever any CERN facilities get upgraded and go through maintenance, it will provide opportunities for Indian industries to participate.
●    India has to pay about Rs. 40 crore a year as an Associate member. 

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Union HRD Minister launches ‘ShaGun’ - a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 

The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at New Delhi today. ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). 
●    The Union HRD Minister also unveiled the ‘Toolkit for Master Trainers in Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs’, which has been prepared by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
●     On this occasion, the Union Minister also reiterated government’s commitment for improving the ‘Quality’ of Education. 
●    He said that in this direction Ministry of HRD will be codifying the learning outcome to set assessment standards for abilities with regards to comprehension, mathematics, language etc. and thus ensuring that “all children acquire at least the minimum levels of learning” from Class I to Class VIII under Right to Education Act, 2009.

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Festival of India to be Organized in the Netherlands from 26 January-27 March, 2017 

A Festival of India is being organized in the Netherlands from 26 January – 27 March 2017. 
●    The Festival will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical and folk dances, music, and exhibition on handmade ethnically sourced silk clothes and accessories. 
●    The events will be held in the cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam/Maastricht, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Groningen. 
●    During the Festival, the following events will be showcased: 
●    13-member Kathak Dance by Aditi Mangaldas Kathak Dance Group ; 
●    15-member Bhojpuri Folk Dance from North Zone Cultural Centre ; 
●    4-member Classical Instrumental Music Group of Subhash Ghosh ; 
●    3-member Exhibition-cum-Demonstration on Handmade ethnically sourced silk clothes and accessories by Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, Sewa Bharat ; and 
●    10-member Bhartnatyam Dance by Dr Sanddhya V. Pureccha.
 

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Radha Mohan Singh to lead a delegation to Germany for participation in the Global forum for Food & Agriculture and G-20 agriculture ministers meeting 

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh to lead a five member delegation to Germany for participation in the Global Forum for Food & Agriculture from 19-21 January,2017 and G-20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting on 22nd January,2017 in Berlin, Germany. Shri Singh will depart for Berlin, Germany in the late night of 18th January
●    The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is an International Conference organized by Germany during 19-21, January 2017 in Berlin on the subject “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World” which is to be attended by Agriculture Ministers of 65 countries. G-20 Agriculture Ministers meeting, scheduled for January 22, 2017 would focus on the theme of “Agriculture & Water - Digitalization in the Agriculture Sector” and bring together Ministers from the world’s twenty biggest economies to discuss the way ahead for the global agricultural sector.
●    During the visit, the  Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister will address the participants of the 9thBerlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference under the aegis of GFFA as well as the G-20 Agriculture Ministers meeting.  The Minister will also deliver the inaugural address at the Expert Panel convened as part of the GFFA meeting, apart from bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries including Germany, Mexico and Lithuania.
●    During the visit, Shri Singh will highlight India’s initiatives in the areas of Agriculture and Water including such flagship programme as Soil Health Card scheme and  Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for improving soil fertility and water use efficiency to achieve ‘more crop per drop’ in a focused manner and extending the coverage of precision irrigation ‘Har Khet Ko Pani.  The Minister will also showcase India’s initiatives in the use of digital technology for the benefit of our farmers including the e-NAM scheme, the Kisan Call Centre, digital payment initiatives and other measures to bridge the digital divide in India’s rural and agricultural sectors.

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