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 1. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Launched In New Delhi.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday inaugurated Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana here on Sunday, and asked the rich families to sacrifice Gas Subsidy so as to enable the poor families to get gas connection.

PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago in order to prevent pollution and facilitate the healthy atmosphere in the families of poor people, Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development, said in a statement.

The minister also distributed gas connections to housewives.

"After distribution of gas connections to the housewives of poor community, Pradhan said that so for 9 crore people are having LPG gas connections. Out of them 3.5 crore people are the beneficiaries of PM Ujjwala Yojana," the statement said.

The minister also informed that the government aims to give gas connections to 5 crore families by 2019. Senior officials of state-run oil companies like Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and others were also present on the occasion.


2. Tripura Chief Minister Launches State Component Of PMKVY.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched the state component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in Agartala on April 07.

Expressing happiness over the launch, the CM assured that the target to train more than 1,16,000 youths by 2020 will be achieved. “The problem of unemployment prevailing in the state will thus be solved” he said.

The CM also said that small-scale industries will be provided land, security and other assistance to boost their productivity. He also informed that the government is planning to promote industrialisation based on pineapple, bamboo, rubber and jackfruit.

It may be mentioned that Tripura is the first state in Northeast India to implement the state component of PMKVY through the Directorate of Skill Development (DSD).

 As part of the implementation process, the DSD has launched the skill development training programmes in 13 accredited training centres across the state, with a target of 1,830 candidates on 21 job roles in 13 sectors.


3. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari On 4-Day Visit To South Korea.

India and South Korea are set to boost bilateral ties in ports and shipping space and will sign pact to provide Indian seafarers employment on over 500 Korean ships, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday. Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Gadkari, who will be on a four-day visit to Korea beginning from Monday, said both the nations are also eyeing partnerships in shipbuilding, waterways and smart transportation, among others. “Both the nations will sign an undertaking for mutual recognition of certificate of competency of seafarers. It will be beneficial to both the countries as Korea is a large ship owning nation, while India is a large seafaring nation with over 1.5 lakh seafarers.

“The agreement will facilitate Indian seafarers to work on Korean ships as there is requirement of seafarers. Korean entities as of now own more than 500 foreign going ships,” Gadkari told PTI. Gadkari said signing of the undertaking, apart from creating job opportunities for Indian seafarers, will also pave the way for recognition of maritime education and training, besides various certificates for seafarers issued by the governments of both the countries.

 “We are also looking to have partnership in the field of ship building, smart transportation system, water conservation & recycling, eco-friendly energy system for marine industries and technology to develop our rivers to drive economic growth,” the minister said. Gadkari’s visit is aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations and further cementing cooperation in areas, including sharing of technology, experience in port development and operation and joint participation in port-related construction, building and engineering projects of mutual interest, among others.


 4. President three day visit India and Equatorial Guinea signed four agreements.

India and Equatorial Guinea sign four agreements after  delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and Equatorial Guinea President;  Both countries express deep concern over the rising threats of terrorism, call for strengthening  cooperation in fight against this menace.

India and Equatorial Guinea signed four agreements including in the field of health. The agreements were signed following delegation level talks. President Kovind had one on one  talks with his Equatorial Guinea counterpart. India will assist Equatorial Guinea in agriculture, mining, health, telecommunications and IT.

The two countries agreed to work together at UN, where Equatorial Guinea has just begun a two year term on the Security Council.

Both countries reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties between the two countries. They agreed to further enhance the bilateral ties in the spirit of South-South Cooperation.

They also expressed deep concern over the rising threats of terrorism and called for further strengthening cooperation in fight against terror.

India has offered assistance to set up an Entrepreneurial Development Centre and an English Language Laboratory in Equatorial Guinea.

Earlier, President Kovind reached Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday night in the first leg of his three nation visit. He was received by his counterpart President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the airport, and given a red carpet welcome and military Salute.


5. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurates Scientific Convention On World Homeopathy Day.

The Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day “Scientific Convention on World Homeopathy Day” organized by the Ministry of AYUSH here today. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik presided over the inaugural function. Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Dr. Manoj Rajoria and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha were the Guests of Honour. The convention was attended by more than 1500 delegates, which included homoeopathic researchers, scientists from allied sciences, practitioners, students, industrialists as well as representatives of various homoeopathic associations.

While addressing the delegates, the Vice President called on to the homoeopathy professionals and scientists to undertake more research in this field of medical science, which is widely used as a system of healing in the world and is one of the most popular treatment methods in India. He also urged the scientists working in this profession to undertake innovative and exploratory research in Homoeopathy and hailed the scientists of CCRH who are working in collaboration with IIT Bombay scientists on a new way of potentisation of homoeopathic drugs that ensures quality and right source of original substances of drugs. He urged the researchers to take this work further to bring more credibility to homoeopathy, thereby taking it to a new high. The Vice President also emphasise on healthy nation. He said that healthy nation is more important than wealthy nation.    


6. President Ram Nath Kovind signed two agreements signed with Swaziland.

President Ram Nath Kovind is now on the second leg of his 3 nation Africa tour having arrived at Swaziland. He will be addressing the Swaziland Parliament on Tuesday.

President Kovind was received by PM Barnabas Sibusisu Dlamini. He also had a meeting with the King of Swaziland at the Lozitha Palace where an agreement was signed pertaining to visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports and an MoU was also signed on cooperation in the field of health and medicine.

President Ramnath Kovind was also conferred highest civilian honour of Swaziland.

The visit aims to further deepen India`s relations with the African nations. President Ram Nath Kovind has called for a comprehensive global strategy to eradicate terrorism.

Addressing the Equatorial Guinean Parliament at Malabo on Sunday night, the President said, terrorism is a global challenge, but it is being dealt with in a piece meal manner. He sought Equatorial Guinea`s support for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations.

 Later addressing the Indian community in Malabo, the president said every member of the Indian community is critical to strengthening relations between India and Equatorial Guinea. He also urged the Indian community to help enhance business and cultural links between the two countries. 


7. Deutsche Bank names Christian Sewing New CEO.

Deutsche Bank AG named Christian Sewing to replace chief executive officer John Cryan after less than three years amid mounting questions about the future direction of Europe’s largest investment bank.

Sewing, a lifelong Deutsche Bank employee, will take over with immediate effect, the lender said in a statement from Frankfurt late Sunday. Garth Ritchie was promoted to sole head of the securities unit and will become a deputy CEO, along with chief administrative officer Karl von Rohr. Cryan and Marcus Schenck, who was co-deputy CEO with Sewing, are leaving the bank.

The appointments follow weeks of intense speculation about the bank’s leadership that forced Cryan to say publicly he was committed to the role while the chairman raced to find an agreement with shareholders regarding a potential successor. The supervisory board wasn’t unanimous in adopting some of the measures proposed by Achleitner, according to people familiar. A particular sticking point was the proposed leadership change at the investment bank, one person said.

“We need a new execution dynamic in the leadership of our bank,” Achleitner said in a statement thanking Cryan for his service.

 Deutsche Bank has seen three top leadership appointments in six years amid pressure from investors to improve profitability and reverse a share slump. The strategy of Germany’s biggest lender and how big a role it still wants to play in US investment banking is still a matter of contention. Cryan reduced risk and settled billion-dollar legacy misconduct cases, but failed to restore revenue growth despite raising fresh capital.


8. President Third Day Nation Visit signed four agreements With Zambia.

PRESIDENT of the Republic of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has arrived in Zambia, for a three- day State Visit.

It is the first time in three decades that a President of India is undertaking a state visit to Zambia.

The Presidential plane touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport- KKIA at 14:26 hours Zambian time.

President Kovind is accompanied by India’s First Lady, Savita Kovind, senior Government officials and a business delegation.

He was received at KKIA by President Edgar Lungu, First Lady Esther Lungu, Patriotic Front – PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Service Chiefs, Senior Government officials, heads of missions accredited to Zambia and Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga among others.

President Kovind inspected a full guard of honour and was accorded a 21 gun salute.

Zambia has enjoyed excellent relations and cooperation with India with support accorded to Zambia on a bilateral level as well as under the framework of the India- Africa Forum Summit, in the fields of energy, health, infrastructure, capacity building, agriculture and trade among others.

Private investment in Zambia by Indian companies currently stands at over USD 5 Billion in sectors such as mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

There has been a steady increase in bilateral trade which stands at USD 1.2 Billion from April 2017 to January 2018.

India is an important and strategic partner in the quest of the Patriotic Front- PF Government to deliver development to the Zambian people as articulated in the Seventh National Development Plan.

During the state visit, the two Heads of State would hold bilateral talks and witness the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between India and Zambia aimed at enhancing cooperation in various sectors including the establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Zambia, taxation, visa exemption on diplomatic passports and judicial cooperation.

President Kovind and President Lungu will also officiate at a ground breaking ceremony of the decongestion of Lusaka roads which would result in fly over bridges.

India and Zambia will also sign a USD 40 Million Agriculture Mechanisation agreement during the visit.