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Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates IAF commander’ conference

The First biannual IAF Commanders’ Conference of 2018 was inaugurated by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan).

The Gagan Shakthi was highlighted as A landmark exercise for Indian Air Force. CAS emphasized that the exercise was very fruitful in testing IAFs surge operations capability, logistics supply chain, rapid augmentation of personnel, inter theatre move of forces, communication network and reliability of equipment & systems.

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Gagan Shakti is the biggest military exercise undertaken by India to showcase its air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
currently, phase two "The combat mission" is going on with the focus now shifting to the eastern corridor - near the China border in the north-eastern states.

Union Minister of State for Defence: Dr Subash Bhamre

Defence Secretary of India: Sanjay Mitra

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Shri Rajnath Singh launches Online Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched an Online Analytical Tool to monitor flow and utilisation of authorised foreign contributions received by various organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

This web-based tool enables various government departments to conduct big data mining and exploration of foreign funds and their actual use in the country.

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FCRA is a consolidating act whose scope is to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution by certain associations or companies and used this for any activities detrimental to the national interest and for matters connected therewith.
There are approximately 25,000 active organisations registered under the FCRA, 2010.

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Maharashtra inks MoU with M&M, Tata motors for e-cars

The Maharashtra government signed MoUs with Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors to promote electric vehicles in the State.

The government will work closely with various fleet partners, taxi aggregators, logistics companies to deploy 1,000 electric cars over the next one year.

The first 500 cars have been supplied in Phase-I of the tender, while Phase-II has been put on hold till there is clarity on the policy on charging stations

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Tata Motors
Headquarters of Tata motors: Mumbai
CEO: Guenter Butschek
Mahindra and Mahindra
Headquarters of M&M: Mumbai
CEO: Anand Mahindra
Tags – National, State

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Kendrick Lamar accepts Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN’ rap album

The 30-year-old rapper Kendrick lamer became the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer for music.

He accepted his Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album DAMN at Columbia University.

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The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.

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Amit Khare takes charge as new I&B secretary

Shri Amit Khare assumed charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on superannuation of Shri Narendra Kumar Sinha, IAS.

Prior to his appointment, Shri Khare was Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand.

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Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Head Quarters – New Delhi

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Spain’s PM Rajoy forced out of office

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion after Mr Rajoy"s party was implicated in a corruption scandal, will become prime minister.

Mr Rajoy is the first prime minister in modern Spanish history to be defeated in a no-confidence motion.

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The capital of Spain: Madrid
The currency of Spain: Euro

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Cuba, U.S. make permanent restored postal services

Cuba and the United States are making the re-establishment of postal services permanent after a trial run.

The re-establishment of this service allows sending a post in direct flights between Cuba and the United States.

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Capital of Cuba: Havana
Currency of Cuba: Cuban Peso
President – Miguel Diaz-canel

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IMD launches systems for probabilistic weather forecasting

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) launched two very high-resolution Ensemble Prediction Systems, to generate ten-day probabilistic weather forecasts.

The new systems in place can provide rainfall forecasts with probabilities allowing better lead time to prepare for extreme weather events.

These systems also use a higher resolution 12 km grid scale, instead of the 23 km resolution.

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Headquarters of IMD: New Delhi
Parent organization: Ministry of Earth Sciences
Minister of Earth Sciences: Dr Harsh Vardhan

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Maneka Gandhi lays the foundation of India"s first Advanced DNA Forensic Lab in Chandigarh

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi laid the foundation stone of an advanced DNA forensic laboratory which is castoff to reduce the backlog of cases needing advanced forensic analysis.

It has Built at a cost of Rs 99.76 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund, the state-of-the-art "Sakhi Suraksha" lab, will come up at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory campus to assist in investigation and prosecution of crimes including those committed against women and children.

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Nirbaya Fund is initiated to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring the safety of women in India.

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Seva Bhoj Yojana’ launched for charitable Religious Instititions

The Ministry of Culture launched Seva Bhoj Yojana scheme envisages to reimburse the central Government share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil etc which go into the preparation of food offered free of cost by religious institution.

The total outlay for this scheme is Rs.325.00 crores for Financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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Union Minister of Culture: Mahesh Sharma