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Babasaheb Purandare conferred with 'Maharashtra Bhushan

History writer Balwant Purandare  conferred with the 'Maharashtra Bhushan' award, the state's highest honour, at a glittering function in Mumbai. The award ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai amidst tight security after the BJP-led state government's decision to honour Purandare received criticism from some sections of the Maratha community, which had protested against the move.While addressing the audience after receiving the award, Purandare said that he would donate the prize money of Rs 10 lakh to the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital located at Pune. In addition, Purandare also plans to donate Rs 15 lakh to the hospital as his own contribution. Purandare said that he would like to help farmers reeling under severe financial distress in the drought-hit Marathwada region.
Using the opportunity to take a dig at the opposition, Fadnavis said that those who have been protesting against the government's decision have not understood Chhatrapati Shivaji.
"I have to clarify that this programme was not held at the Raj Bhavan because we got scared of anybody. According to tradition, the country's biggest awards are given by the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the ideal way to remember any person is to organize Memorial Lectures in his memory and it gave him immense pleasure to release the book- Modern Thought Leaders- Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lectures (1997-2014). Addressing after releasing a book ‘Modern Thought Leaders- Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lectures (1997-2014)’ edited by Shri Anil Shastri, Former Union Minister and son of Late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function here today, he said that Late Shastri Ji was a life dedicated to public service. A person of great integrity and competence, humble, tolerant, with great inner strength and resoluteness, Shastri Ji was a leader of the people who understood their language. He was also a man of vision who led the country towards progress. He opined that this book of the Collection of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial lectures present a unique perspective to the reader. The lectures not only illuminate the various facets of the life, work and personality of Shastriji, but also, in context of Shastri ji’s vision, present the opinions.The Vice President congratulated the Lal Bahdur Shastri Institute of Management for this initiative and the McGraw Hill for publishing the collected lectures.

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Government formulates policy to promote e-marketing of handloom products

The Government of India has launched a policy framework to promote e-marketing of handloom products, in order to promote marketing of handlooms in general and to reach the younger customers in particular. The policy framework has been developed by the Office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms) under the Ministry of Textiles, with the key objectives of promoting the interests of both producers and consumers of handloom products. Under the policy framework, the Office of DC (Handlooms) would collaborate with approved e-commerce entities in promoting e-marketing of handloom products, in a transparent, competitive and effective manner. The policy thus widens the existing ambit of institutional collaboration between Office of DC (Handlooms) and e-commerce players. 

Any e-commerce entity willing to work for promotion of online marketing of handloom products in collaboration with the Office may apply for the same. The application will be scrutinized by a specially constituted Committee. After satisfying itself about the track record and turnover of the applicant, the committee would give its recommendations, keeping in view the handloom fabric producing areas proposed to be covered through e-marketing and the proposed rollout plan. Decision on the application will be taken after duly considering the recommendations of the committee. Processing of applications will be completed within three weeks.

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Brazil, Germany ink green energy accord


Brazil and Germany signed cooperation accords on renewable energy and sustainable development, and issued a joint declaration on climate change.The agreements came on Thursday, the second and final day of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the capital Brasilia.She was accompanied by a delegation of ministers and deputy ministers who held bilateral meetings with their Brazilian counterparts."We are interested in cooperating in renewable energies and also in providing all support in the area of infrastructure and transmission lines," Merkel said at a press conference following a meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

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2nd Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC) at Jaipur.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will receive the Heads of State/Government participating in 2nd Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The second FIPIC Summit will be held on August 21 2015 in Jaipur. The first FIPIC summit was held in Suva, Fiji in November 2014 during Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit. FIPIC has as its members India and 14 Pacific Island countries, namely Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 


Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation(FIPIC) is a multinational grouping developed in 2014 for cooperation between India and 14 Pacific Islands nations which include Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. All Head of state/head of government of the above countries met in Suva, Fiji in November 2014 for the first time where the annual summit was conceptualised.

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Signing of MoU India and Australia on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research. The costs of the cooperative activities under this MoU will be funded on mutually agreed terms and will be subject to availability of funds. 

The MoU will help intensify existing partnerships between India and Australia in higher education & research, including technical and professional education, schools, vocational education and training and will open up new and innovative areas of cooperation. 

The main objectives of this MoU, amongst other things, are: 

i. Consideration of expansion of the Australia India Education Council membership from time to time to ensure appropriate representation from academia, policy makers and industry as required and agreed; 

ii. Strengthening the policy dialogue and exchange in areas of mutual benefit, including qualification and quality frameworks and standards for education, research and training; 

iii. Supporting mobility of students and faculty members through formal exchange programs, internships and other modalities; 

iv. Improving credit transfer arrangements and work towards qualifications recognition between Australia and India; 

v. Supporting and organizing professional development programmes for subject experts, educational administrators, faculty members and teachers; 

vi. Encouraging twinning arrangements between institutions of higher learning and organisation of joint research programmes and publications; 

vii. Encouraging research collaboration between institutions of higher learning to enlarge the scope for joint research, joint Ph. D. programmes and joint degrees; 

viii. Sharing best practice education materials including research materials, publications, and educational literature; 

ix. Supporting skills development through joint conferences, seminars, policy dialogue and technical cooperation in national standards development; 

x. Strengthening communication for exchange of information on new policy initiatives and opportunities for development of education, training and research activities of both countries; 

xi. Further develop bilateral programmes between institutions of educational excellence in technical, vocational, schools and higher education, subject to availability of funds; and 

xii. Any other activity as mutually determined by both parties.

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Minority Ministry Launches Online Application Management System (OAMS) for- Nai Roshni

Dr. Najma Heptulla,the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Launched Online Application Management System (OAMS) for “Nai Roshni” here today. Speaking on the occasion she said the system brings the scheme in to public domain and will facilitate transparency and quick delivery.
 The Ministry has developed an Online Application Management System (OAMS) for “Nai Roshni” scheme. The procedures involved and benefits of the  system include:
(a) Submission of online application and generation of an application ID with date.
(b) Online screening of applications.
(c) Online receipt of documents.
(d) No loss of documents due to postal or human negligence.
(e) Curtailment of procedural delays.
(f)  Minimized paper work.
(g) Time saving.
(h) The applicant can check the status of their applications with their ID.
(i)  Online project approval, sanctions and release of funds.
(j)  Online monitoring of projects.
(k)  Reports on trained women, location of projects etc. available in public domain.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Resigns

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned in a bid to trigger snap elections and return to power stronger, plunging his country into weeks of political paralysis just as it seemed to have scraped through a summer of fraught bailout talks and near-bankruptcy.

Mr. Tsipras’s gambit, announced in a short televised address late on Thursday, is expected to lead to his re-election in September, thanks to his popularity and the absence of strong challengers. But whether elections bolster his grip on Parliament, as he hopes, hinges on his ability to persuade Greeks that the €86 billion ($96 billion) bailout he negotiated with Europe is the only path out of the country’s long crisis.Greece’s head of state, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, was expected to accept Mr. Tsipras’s proposal to hold the vote on Sept. 20.
The election will effectively be a referendum on the 41-year-old Mr. Tsipras and his bailout agreement with the rest of the eurozone.The deal commits Greece to further years of stringent economic retrenchment, including tax increases and cuts to pension entitlements. Greeks elected Mr. Tsipras and his left-wing Syriza party only in January this year to put an end to five years of unpopular austerity measures, which the country’s creditors demanded in exchange for bailout loans.Greece and its international creditors reached agreement on the terms of the country’s new bailout program, which if ratified by other eurozone countries could unlock essential financing over the next three years. Charles Forelle has the details.
Mr. Tsipras’s acceptance in July of creditors’ policy demands followed months of diplomatic confrontation. The standoff ultimately led to Greece defaulting on its debts to the International Monetary Fund and imposing capital controls, further battering Greece’s depressed economy.
The premier’s U-turn has split Syriza. Dozens of his lawmakers have withheld support for legislation needed to clinch the bailout package. Mr. Tsipras has had to rely on the votes of opposition parties, but they have warned they won’t prop him up for long.
In his address, Mr. Tsipras admitted the talks with creditors had been tough, and the results not what he had hoped. “We gained considerable ground without that meaning that we achieved what we, and the Greek people, wanted,” he said. “Now that the difficult cycle has reached its end…I feel the deep ethical and political obligation to put to your judgment all I have done.”

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Manoj Kumar Panda to get prestigious Sarala Award

Noted Odia writer Manoj Kumar Panda has been selected for the prestigious Sarala Award for his story book 'Maya Bagicha' and overall literary achievements. The award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation, will be presented at a function to be held in October this year, the award committee said here. Two more notable personalities of Odisha will also be honoured for their valuable contribution in the field of music and art. While Bhimsen Satpathy will be awarded with Ila Panda Memorial Music Samman, D Narayan Rao will be honoured with Ila Panda Memorial Art Samman, it said. They will receive a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh each along with citations. A special function will be held on October 26 to felicitate Panda and other awardees. Eminent writer Mridula Garg has consented to be the Chief Guest of the Sarala Award function.The annual Sarala Award was instituted in 1979 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT). IMPaCT is the charitable wing of IMFA Group, the leading and the only fully integrated producer of ferro alloys in India. Sarala Award is recognised as the foremost literary award in Odisha.

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Manasvi Noel is Miss India-Canada 2015

Manasvi Noel of Mississauga City has been crowned Miss India-Canada 2015 at the 25th edition of the annual beauty pageant organised.During a night full of "entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one", the Dubai-born Noel won the esteemed title, the final top contenders for which included Sharon Philipose, Kajill Aujila, Tanpreet Parmar and Priya Sharma, Canada-based the VOICE reported on Tuesday.
Sharon Philipose was adjudged the first runner-up, while Kajill Aujila was the first runner-up of the contest held during the weekend at the International Plaza Hotel here. This year marked the silver jubilee of the beauty pageant.

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