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Govt extends PM-KISAN, announces pension scheme

New Delhi: In the first cabinet meeting Friday, the government decided to extend PM-KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers, costing Rs 87,000 crore a year, and also announced over Rs 10,000 crore pension scheme for 5 crore farmers, thereby fulfilling the BJP’s poll promise. Announcing the two key decisions, new Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Modi 2.0 …

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‘First decision dedicated to those who protect India’

New Delhi: In its first decision of its second tenure, Narendra Modi government has enhanced the amount to be paid as part of ‘Prime Ministers Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. “Our Government’s first decision dedicated to those who protect India,” Modi tweeted.  “Major changes approved in PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund including enhanced scholarships for …

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Jaishankar is new External Affairs minister

New Delhi: Nearly 16 months after he retired as foreign secretary, S Jaishankar was on Friday back in the External Affairs ministry but this time as minister, a surprise move aimed at adding further strategic heft to India’s foreign policy. The 64-year-old seasoned diplomat was welcomed at the headquarters of the ministry by his former colleague Vijay Gokhale, who succeeded …

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HRD panel wants Indian knowledge systems in syllabus

New Delhi: Incorporating Indian knowledge systems in the curriculum, constituting a National Education Commission and curbing arbitrary fees hikes by private schools are among the recommendations made by an expert panel to the HRD ministry for the new National Education Policy (NEP). The draft of the new NEP, formulated by a committee led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, was …

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India, US, Japan, Australia for ASEAN-led architecture mechanism for Indo-Pacific

New Delhi: India, the US, Australia and Japan on Friday collectively came out in strong support of an ASEAN-led mechanism in the regional architecture for Indo-Pacific region. Senior officials of the four countries, at a meeting in Bangkok, also reaffirmed the commitment towards a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific Region based on shared values and principles, the External Affairs …

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Modi takes oath as PM for second term

New Delhi: Narendra Modi was on Thursday sworn in as the Prime Minister for a second term helming a 58-member ministry with BJP chief Amit Shah making his debut at the Centre and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar emerging as a surprise pick while party veteran Sushma Swaraj was among the outgoing ministers who found no place. Wearing a beige …

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JD-U will stay out of Modi ministry: Nitish Kumar

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that his Janata Dal-United will not be part of the Narendra Modi government, as it did not want “symbolic representation”. “They (the BJP) said that they want to give one cabinet rank to every ally. Then we said that we will discuss it with the party members and then only …

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Shripad takes oath as MoS with Independent charge

New Delhi: Shripad Naik, the BJP’s North Goa Member of Parliament who was inducted in the new Union council of ministers, has played a key role in growth of the saffron outfit in Goa. Naik took oath on Thursday as Minister of State (MoS) with Independent charge. Naik, who was part of the Modi government in 2014, won his fifth …

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‘Bimstec nations could tap India’s green energy transition’

New Delhi: With the Bimstec leaders gathered in the national capital for Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Thursday, the member-nations could benefit from India’s rapid renewable energy capacity increase, say experts. The New Delhi-based organisation CarbonCopy said the annual electricity trade potential between South Asian and Southeast Asian countries could be from 65,000 MW to 95,000 MW …

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Sitharaman retained as Union Minister

New Delhi: Nirmala Sitharaman was the first woman to be appointed full-time Defence Minister of India in September 2017 — and since then she has been assiduously trying to adopt a holistic approach in addressing the country’s security challenges. 60-year-old Sitharaman, a Rajya Sabha member, is the second woman to take charge of the crucial ministry after Indira Gandhi who …

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