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Govt. to set up 1 lakh digital villages in next few years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Govt. to set up 1 lakh digital villages in next few years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that the government will set up one lakh digital village in the country in the next few years. Speaking at the MeitY Start-Up Summit 2019 in New Delhi, Mr Prasad appealed to the concerned stakeholders to patronize and mentor these digital villages in their own way. He said these villages will be the centers for promoting entrepreneurship.

The Minister also stressed on the need for digital mapping of all enterprise and entrepreneurship happening in the far corner of the country.

He said start-up is the finest product of New India as to how the New India is changing. The Minister spoke about various initiatives including bringing of software product policy, electronic policy and digital communication policy in this regard.

The Minister said he wants digital India to become a platform for transforming rural India and to create aspirations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Prasad also stressed the need for encouraging social start-ups.

On this occasion, Ravi Shankar Prasad also launched MeitY Starting Hub- MSH and BHIM 2.0 and Indian Software Product Registry. The MSH has been envisioned as an overarching collaborative platform to act as national coordination facilitation and inter-connected centre for all activities in the tech start-up ecosystem.

The Minister gave awards to outstanding women entrepreneurs in various categories and also presented Fintech and Digital Payment Awards to banks.

Polling concludes peacefully for assembly elections of Maharashtra and Haryana

Polling concludes peacefully for assembly elections of Maharashtra and Haryana

Over 60 per cent polling has been recorded in the Assembly Elections in Maharashtra while Haryana has recorded nearly 65 per cent voting till 6 P.M. The polling was undertaken for 288 seats in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana today.

Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that the polling was by and large peaceful and smooth in both the states. Mr Sinha also said voting in Naxal-affected areas was also peaceful.

Mr Sinha has thanked community radio for creating voter awareness in the two states.

Bye-Elections were also held in two Parliamentary seats and 51 Assembly seats across 17 states today. Mr Sinha said Election Commission team would visit Jharkhand soon to take stock of preparations for Assembly polls in the state.

Campaigning for Assembly polls in Maharashtra & Haryana intensifies

Campaigning for Assembly polls in Maharashtra & Haryana intensifies

Campaigning for Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana intensify; Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Working President JP Nadda addressing election rallies across Maharashtra; Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressed public meeting in Haryana.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Parli, and will later address in Satara and Pune.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited the Shree Vaijnath Jyotirlinga Devasthanam at Parli in Maharashtra and paid his obeisance at the temple.

Raksha Mantri and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressed an election rally at Bawani Kheda in Haryana. Addressing the rally, Rajnath Singh said that in the last five years, Chief Minister Manohar Lal has given a strong leadership to the state. He added that the state chief minister has run the government as a sewak, not as a ruler.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the NCP-Congress combine in his poll blitz in Maharashtra. Addressing 3 rallies in Marathwada region, he accused Congress leaders involved in corruption cases of leveling false allegations against investigative agencies as a diversionary tactic.

Hailing the Fadnavis government for rapid development of the state PM said the twin engine of the Fadnavis and Modi government has worked tirelessly for the empowerment of poor over the last 5 years.

In Haryana, BJP President Amit Shah addressed four rallies and Former Congress CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda also wooed voters in Jind.

President Kovind presents prestigious Colours to Army Aviation Corps

President Kovind presents prestigious Colours to Army Aviation Corps

President Ram Nath Kovind today presented the prestigious President’s Colours to the Army Aviation Corps in Nashik. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat and other senior officers of Army, Navy and Air Force were present on the occasion. The ceremony also saw march past by the soldiers of the Army Aviation Corps and fly past which enthralled the audience.

It was a colourful display at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik where President’s Colours were presented to the Army Aviation Corps by President Ram Nath Kovind who is also the supreme commander of armed forces.

The President, who spoke volumes about the distinguished service rendered by the AAC, said the steadfastness by the Corps has won them the Battle title ‘Kargil’ in ‘Operation Vijay’ in 1999. The President ,while hailing the service of the AAC , further said the personnel in the Corps have been excellent ambassadors of India while operating overseas in countries like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while on United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.

The President said the AAC has been a true force multipliers in some of the most inhospitable terrain and adverse climatic conditions in the world.

Vice President departs for two-nation visit to Comoros and Sierra Leone

Vice President departs for two-nation visit to Comoros and Sierra Leone

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu departs for two-nation visit to Comoros and Sierra Leone; A number of agreements to be signed during Vice President’s visit to the two countries.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday left for the first ever high-level visit to Comoros & Sierra Leone, highlighting the priority attached to deepening the sustained India-Africa engagement.

During the visit, the Vice President will hold talks with the top leadership of these countries to give a new momentum to bilateral ties as part of India’s Africa outreach policy.

The Vice President’s trip is the first-ever high-level visit from India to the two countries.

Earlier in a tweet Vice President Naidu said that India & Africa have a shared history & are inheritors of a rich cultural legacy. He added that India & Africa are also witnessing rapid economic growth,rising standards of Health and education, increasing gender parity & expanding infrastructure & connectivity.

Naidu also added that he looks forward to productive delegation level talks & fruitful interactions with heads of states, other dignitaries & Indian Diaspora. He also hoped this visit will strengthen people-to-people contacts and bilateral ties between both the countries.

EAM Jaishankar meets Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand

EAM Jaishankar meets Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets visiting Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai in New Delhi; Several agreements in various areas are to be inked during Thai Foregn Minister’s three-day visit to India.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met the visiting Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai in New Delhi. both leaders will also participae in the eighth Joint Commission Meeting between India and Thailand.

Several agreements in various areas are to be inked during Thai Foreign Minister’s three-day visit to India.