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  • He said that this has been retweeted by 20 lakh people.  

  • Addressing a press briefing, he said that in last 24 months the BJP govt. has successfully worked to change the image of the state from a BIMARU state to developing state. Further, UP Chief Minister said that in the past 24 months there have been no political interferences in the police work. He added that the improved law and order situation has created conducive environment for businessmen to invest in the state. U.P. CM said that UP received around 1.5 lakh crore worth investments have poured in the state in the past 24 months  

  • The list also included eight candidates from Telangana, six from Odisha and five from Assam, besides three remaining seats from Uttar Pradesh. The list was declared after a meeting of the Congress Central Election Committee chaired by party Chief Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day. On Saturday, the Congress had called off alliance talks with the Left parties. The Congress has so far announced a total of 137 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The party separately also issued a list of 36 candidates for Odisha Assembly elections.  

  • At that meeting the BJP had released a list of 123 candidates for Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and 54 candidates for Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections on Sunday which are being held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Tuesday's meeting was scheduled on March 18 but postponed as a mark of respect to departed leader Manohar Parrikar. The party is expected to finalise the first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections for the first and second phases of polling. The first phase for 91 seats is scheduled on 11th of April, and the seconf for 97 seats on the 18th April Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other top BJP leaders will attend the meeting.  The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats are being conducted over seven phases till May 19.  Counting of votes will take place on 23rd of May.

  • Inaugurating 3 day seminar Indian Ambassador to Nepal  Manjeev Singh Puri said that Sanskrit is a sacred common treasure of both the countries and it has remained lifeline to the civilization. He said Sanskrit has played an important role in the development of society and well being of mankind. In his address Chancellor of Nepal Acadamey Ganga Prasad Upreti said India and Nepal have deep rooted cultural and social relations and this seminar will help in further strengthening age old ties between the two countries. The three day seminar is culmination of a month-long Festival of India in Nepal which is being organized by the Embassy of India and Ministry of Culture.  A panel of 10 world renowned Sanskrit scholars from India and 35 senior Sanskrit professors from various parts of Nepal will present their research papers on different topics including Sanskrit language, literature, Ayurveda and Yoga during the seminar. More than 350 scholars from Sanskrit institutions across Nepal areexpected to attend the seminar.

  • In the first match host Nepal will take on Sri Lanka at 10.45 in the morning. Defending champion India will play against Bangladesh at 2.45 in the afternoon. Indian Coach Maymol Rockey has said that players are focused on and ready for the match.  India finished at top in Group B after defeating Maldives by 6-0 and Sri Lanka by 5-0 in group matches. Indian girls dominated in both the matches. They seized the initiative in attack right from the word go and able to score goal in first 10 minutes of the games on both occasions. India has unbeaten record in SAFF championship and it has won the trophy four times. The final will be played on Friday. 

  • Over 12 villages in Ladakh have built ice Stupas this year in various villages.With the technical and material support by the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh (HIAL),village youths have enthusiasticly participated in building the ice Stupas. To keep motivated, this yesr HIAL has organized a competition among the villages on ice Stupas. Ramon Magsaysay and Rolex award winner Sonam Wangchuk said simple living in cities only would help and allow the ecology of mountains to just survive. Global warming, ecological imbalance have caused irreparable damage oñ Himalayas, thus this awareness through the stamp release has been taken up, he said. Ice Stupas is not any celebration but survival technique we in SECMOL have developed over a period, Wangchuk said. Saving Winter water, that flows waste, in a cone shaped stupa which is not melted easily is the main idea behind it , he explains. This stupa melts slowly  and serves the purpose of drinking and irrigation, he said. In each ice Stupa atleast 30-50 lakh ltrs of water is saved. This is apart from the naturally saved water in the slopes of mountains, Sonam Wangchuk said.

  • This was stated by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani in Karachi on Monday. The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the Committee for an amount of 70 million US dollars for not honouring an MoU signed between the two boards. According to the MoU, India and Pakistan were supposed to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, which the BCCI failed to honour. The BCCI said they were unable to play against Pakistan as the Indian government did not give them permission. India also dismissed the Pakistan board's claims as legally binding.

  • The two leaders took stock of the progress made in bilateral relations since Solih's visit to India last year. Maldives has reaffirmed its "India-First Policy”, saying it looks forward to working closely with India on all issues and will remain sensitive towards its security and strategic concerns. Swaraj also met former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and the two exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations.

  • Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chiefs of the three armed forces. Two Kirti Chakras and two Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously. The President also conferred thirteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-six Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order. Earlier on 14th of this month, the President conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

  • The National Security Advisor paid floral tributes to the martyrs of the force including the martyrs of the Pulwama attack at the memorial. No cultural programme was held today as a mark of respect to the Pulwama martyrs. Ajit Doval also reviewed the parade and addressed the CRPF troops. He said that the country has not forgotten and will never forget Pulwama. Further the National Security Advisor underlined the importance of maintaining internal peace in the nation. Ajit Doval said that threat to internal peace often results in  a larger threat to the nations sovereignity.

  • ED has been informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Nirav Modi and he is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local police soon. Nirav Modi will be subsequently brought before the court to secure bail and the legal proceedings for his extradition will begin thereafter. The ED and the CBI are investigating Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetrate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.  

  • Maldives Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer told media that the agreement with EXIM Bank was signed in presence of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj two-day visit to Male which concluded on Monday. He said the concessional loans will be used to provide water and sewerage services on several islands. The LOC is part of 1.4 billion US dollars  finance assistance announced by Indian government during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s state visit in December. The EXIM Bank loans come with a 1.75 percent interest rate and a 15-year repayment period after five years of moratorium. The finance minister said detailed proposals for water and sewerage projects on 30 islands have been shared with the EXIM Bank. Three other deals were signed during Sushma Swaraj’s first visit since the new government took office including agreement on exempting diplomatic and official passport holders from visa requirements, MOUs for collaboration on renewable energy and grant assistance for high impact community development projects through local bodies. The external affairs minister also announced the Indian government’s decision to renew the quota for essential commodities, including river sand and stone aggregate for three years with effect on April 1.

  • 97 constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on the 18th of April. The last date for filing of nominations for this phase is 26th of March.The scrutiny will take place the next day, while March 29 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.  All 39 Parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu will go to polls in this phase. The other States and Union Territories where voting will take place in this phase are Karnataka 14 seats, Maharashtra 10 seats, Uttar Pradesh 8, Assam, Bihar and Odisha 5 seats each, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal 3 each, Jammu and Kashmir 2, and Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry 1 seat each. 

  • Delivering inaugural address at 1st India international broadcasting conclave 2019 in Hyderabad on Monday, Surya Prakash said in the age of convergence the content can come from any platforms. He said there is information revolution now and the new age revolution brought out a paradigm shift in broadcasting. The annual growth rate of television viewers is 13.4 per cent which is higher than GDP. He also said India is 2nd largest internet user growing at the rate of 30 per cent. The Prasar Bharati chairman stressed the need to explore broadcasting policy as the new age platforms are gaining popularity in the country. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare said, besides technological challenges, Doordarshan has to face competition from private channels which are 875 in the country. He said Prasar Bharati also faces a challenge to improve access and optimum utilization of spectrum. He said last year the growth of AIR and DD has been satisfying.

  • The Court has been hearing a PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission to regulate fake news in the form of paid political ads on social media. In compliance with the court's previous orders, the Commission submitted an affidavit , informing the court of the proposed pre-verification rules for political ads. A meeting between the poll body and all social media intermediaries is scheduled for today. Following this, new directions imposing prohibitions on political advertisements, and other ads concerned with national interest, will be finalised and implemented.

  • 91 parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and union territories will go to polls on 11th of next month. The onset of the election process has , in fact, already kick started the political slugfest in the most crucial of all states - Uttar Pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi started her campaign from Prayagraj, she began her 'Ganga Yatra' on boat to reach out to voters. She interacted with a cross section of people, including students, and invited some of them to join her on the motorboat as she undertook her much anticipated ride from the Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj district. The BJP has however claimed that her campaign will have no impact on the electoral scenario. In 2014 General Elections, BJP led NDA had won 52 out of these 91 seats while Congress led UPA could secure victories on 9 seats only. Others bagged 30 seats in total. Partywise BJP bagged the most 32 seats, TDP 16, Shiv Sena 2, Congress 9, TRS 11, YSRCP 9, BJD 4, TMC 2 and LJP, NPF, NPP, NCP, CPM, SDF, PDP, AIMIM one each. The Election commission also issued notification for assembly elections in Andhara Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. All the 175 seats of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, 28 out of total 147 seats of Odisha Assembly, all 32 constituencies in Sikkim and all 60 seats of Arunachal Pradesh assembly will go to polls on the same day. All the political parties are now engaged in election campaigning.  

  • The Governor also administered oath to 11 other ministers including Sudin Dhavalikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijai Sardesai of Goa. Forward Party MGP and GFP are allies of the BJP-led Goa government. The swearing-in ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula. The new government was sworn-in with the support of 20 MLAs, including 11 from the BJP and three each from GFP, MGP and Independents. Before taking oath as the Chief Minister, Sawant resigned from the post of Speaker of  Goa Legislative Assembly. Later Talking to reporters, Sawant credited Manohar Parrikar for brining him into politics. Sawant said his party BJP has given him a big responsibility. Newly sworn in Chief Minister sawant  is a farmer and an ayurvedic doctor by profession.

  • ED has been informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Modi and he is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local police soon. Modi will be subsequently brought before the court to secure bail and the legal proceedings for his extradition will begin thereafter. The ED and the CBI are investigating Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetrate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.

  • The process to elect the 17th Lok Sabha formally began on Monday with Election Commission issuing notification for the first phase of polling. 91 parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and union territories will go to polls on 11th of next month. With the issue of notification, nomination process for these 91 seats has kicked off. The last date of filing nominations is 25th of this month and the scrutiny of the nomination papers will be carried out on the 26th. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is 28th March. All the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, and all 17 from Telangana will go to polls in this phase. Besides, voting will also take place for 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Maharashtra, all five in Uttarakhand, 5 in Assam, 4 in Bihar, 4 in Odisha, 2 seats in Arunachal Pradesh, 2 in West Bengal, 2 in Jammu and Kashmir, 2 in Meghalaya, and 1 each in Chattishgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep. The onset of the election process has , in fact, already kick started the political slugfest in the most crucial of all states - uttar pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi started her campaign from Prayagraj, she began her 'Ganga Yatra' on boat to reach out to voters. She interacted with a cross section of people, including students, and invited some of them to join her on the motorboat as she undertook her much anticipated ride from the Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj district. The BJP has however claimed that her campaign will have no impact on the electoral scenario. In 2014 General Elections, BJP led NDA had won 52 out of these 91 seats while Congress led UPA could secure victories on 9 seats only. Others bagged 30 seats in total. Partywise BJP bagged the most 32 seats, TDP 16, Shiv Sena 2, Congress 9, TRS 11, YSRCP 9, BJD 4, TMC 2 and LJP, NPF, NPP, NCP, CPM, SDF, PDP, AIMIM one each. The Election commission also issued notification for assembly elections in Andhara Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.  All the 175 seats of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, 28 out of total 147 seats of Odisha Assembly, all 32 constituencies in Sikkim and all 60 seats of Arunachal Pradesh assembly will go to polls on the same day. While the other two constituents in UP have reacted sharply to the developments in the state. BSP supremo Mayawati , once again reiterating her stand on having no alliance with the Congress has said that the alliance is perfectly capable of defeating BJP on its own. She tweeted to warn congress of not spread canards about the alliance in UP where it is not part of any team. SP President Akhilesh Yadav also joined Mayawati in lambasting the congress policies. he also tweeted to say that SP - BSP combine is capable of winning on its won and congress should not create any confusion. BJP, meanwhile , is all too happy to observe the inter party ramblings from the sidelines .....and pitch in a word or two of its own for added flavours.  Meanhwile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Karnataka where he addressed a rally. All the political parties are now engaged in election campaigning. Odisha's Chief Minister and president of Biju Janata Dal NAveen Patnaik released name of candidates for 9 lok sabha and 54 state assembly seats. Naveen Patnaik is entering the fray in assembly elections from two seats. With the notification for the first phase, the great Indian democracy saga for 2019 has begun in rights earnest.

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