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 Indian Railways Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has surpassed the top Chinese manufacturers after creating a 40% record increase in its production. With this, Indian Railway’s oldest and premier coach manufacturing unit becomes the single largest rail coach manufacturer in the world. ICF has manufactured 2,919 coaches from April 2018 to February 2019 as compared to 2,600 coaches by Chinese manufacturers.
Source: The Times of India

  Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India. Justice Ghose, 67, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017. His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi. 
Source: Business Standard

  Prime Minister of Guinea Dr. Ibrahima Kassory Fofana arrived in New Delhi on a ten-day official visit to India. During the visit, Mr Fofona called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also had a meeting with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Mr. Fofona addressed the inaugural session of 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Partnership Project in New Delhi.
Source- AIR World Service

 Indian scientists have developed a common framework for the assessment of climate change vulnerability in all the states in the Himalayan region. The assessment shows that the vulnerability index is the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42. Professor NH Ravindranath from IISc, Bangalore, stated that the framework can be applied to states in the rest of the country as well, with suitable modifications.
Source: Livemint

  India has extended a grant assistance of up to USD 250 million to Nepal for the reconstruction of infrastructures in the areas of housing, education, health and cultural heritage that was destroyed during the devastating April 2015 earthquake which saw the death of over 9,000 people. During the India-Nepal Joint Project Monitoring Committee meeting, officials from the two countries reviewed the progress of post-earthquake reconstruction projects.
Source- Business Standard

  The 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington DC. Both sides reaffirmed to deny Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-state actors and work towards setting up US nuclear plant in India agreement. The two sides committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of 6 U.S. nuclear reactors in India.
Source: Economic Times

  The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into force. The new policy provides a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India. The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.
Source- The Hindu

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing. This was the sixth such video conference between PM Modi and Prime Minister Hasina.
Both the leaders launched the e-plaques for these projects in Bangladesh:
  • Supply of buses and trucks,
  • Inauguration of 36 community clinics,
  • Inauguration of 11 water treatment plants,
  • Extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.
  • Source- DD News

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that Prasar Bharati has brought 11 more State DD Channels on the Satellite footprint of India through DD Free Dish. The 11 channels include five from Northeastern states.
    • 11 Channels The DD channels of the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Uttarakhand have been brought to satellite footprint through DD Free Dish.
    • Benefits The state channels represent the aspirations of the people of the state. Satellite network for these 11 channels through DD Free Dish together with increasing visibility of these channels in the regions will also give them an all-India presence. This all India presence and accessibility to regional broadcast will help promote regional culture and give opportunities to local talent as well.
    • Prasar Bharati Prasar Bharati came into existence on 23.11.1997 is a statutory autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act. Prasar Bharati is the Public Service Broadcaster of India. Through the Prasar Bharati Act, the objectives of public service broadcasting are achieved by making All India Radio and Doordarshan, which earlier were working as media units under the Ministry of I&B as the constituents of Prasar Bharati. Free Dish is the Free Direct to Home (DTH) service of Prasar Bharati for receiving TV service directly through satellite with a personal small dish antenna. DTH service does not require a local cable operator for receiving TV service at home.

      India has launched its third IT corridor in China. The corridor will facilitate partnerships between Indian and Chinese companies. National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) entered into a partnership with China’s Xuzhou city from Jiangsu Province in China to help develop the IT corridor.
    IT Corridor
    • IT corridor facilitates partnerships between Indian and Chinese companies by enabling Indian software and service industry associations to enter the Chinese market and seize the development opportunities in China.
    • The corridor facilitates will facilitate match-making between Indian companies wanting to collaborate with companies in China looking to adopt digital transformation from verticals such as manufacturing, retail, automotive, healthcare and utilities and help them create innovative product and solutions in the co-create mode.
    • The corridor will help create more jobs in China and India and facilitate talent transfer between the two countries.
    • The earlier two corridors launched at Dalian and Guiyang cities has brought to fore opportunities with over 300 companies where more than 10 Indian SME companies have signed deals worth 31 Million RMB (USD 4.5 million).
    • The first two corridors had enabled cooperation in co-create mode in the emerging technologies such as AI, IoT and Analytics in the Chinese market.
    IT corridor project between India and China strengthens India-China Digital Cooperation by leveraging the respective strengths in hardware and software to build innovative products and solutions in Co-create mode.



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