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President Kovind to confer remaining Padma awards
- President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the remaining Padma awards on prominent personalities at a civil investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan today.
- This year, 112 personalities were selected for the Padma awards, which was announced on the eve of Republic Day.
- The first set of Padma award was given on 11th of this month in which Mr. Kovind had presented one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and forty-six Padma Shri Awards.
EC holds meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence
- The Election Commission held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence in New Delhi yesterday.
- Speaking on the Occasion, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, it is the constitutional mandate of the Commission to conduct free and fair elections.
- He said, conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in the democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters.
- Arora said the Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.
- He said, the expenditure monitoring mechanism has become stronger over a period of time and larger seizures have been made by the enforcement teams in successive elections.
- Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra were also present on the occasion.
Swati Shingade bags first prize of DD Mahila Kisan Award
- Swati Shingade of Pune, Maharashtra has bagged the first prize of DD Mahila Kisan Award for 2018-19.
- Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash gave away the award to Ms. Shingade at a grand finale event organized by DD Kisan Channel in New Delhi.
- As many as 110 women farmers participated in the award competition, out which five were selected for the grand finale.
- Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Surya Prakash said, the Kisan Channel has provided a platform to the women farmers and the aim of the channel is to make aware the people about the various schemes of the government.
- Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare said, Doordarshan has created a positive thought among the people of the country.
- He said, it has played a great role in the field of agriculture, health and education.
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Nepal: Students call upon to follow Gandhian path for peace & harmony
- The students in Nepal have called upon to follow the Gandhian path for peace and harmony in the world.
- Participating in a speech competition on Gandhiji in Kathmandu today the students said Mahatma Gandhi’s principles are more relevant in today’s world to tackle increasing violence, hatred and intolerance.
- The participants said peace and nonviolence are invaluable gifts of Mahatma Gandhi to mankind.
- They said Gandhiji guided people all around the world to solve conflicts in a nonviolent way.
- The students said Mahatma Gandhi always believed that all religions are based on humanity and they are like different flowers from a same garden.
- The speakers also highlighted the importance of Gandhiji’s thoughts on ethical values, morality, naturopathy and cleanliness.
- The students recalled Bapu’s contribution in India’s freedom struggle.
- The event was organized by the Embassy of India and Ministry of Culture as part of ongoing Festival of India in Nepal and to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Former Minister and Chairperson of Gandhi-Tulasi Memorial Trust Bhadra Kumari Ghale graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
- 35 students from of various schools and colleges of Nepal participated in the speech competition.
- In school section Ms. Gunjan Joshi from Rai School won the first prize while Mr. Govind Raj Joshi from Vishwa Bhasha Campus got first place in college category.
- The winners were awarded with cash prizes and certificates.
UK must offer ‘clear’ Brexit response ahead of EU summit: France
- France has asked the British government to offer a “clear” answer on its intentions for Brexit before an EU summit next week.
- The French reaction came after UK lawmakers voted to seek a delay if no withdrawal deal is reached soon.
- President Emmanuel Macron’s office said in Paris, if the current withdrawal deal is rejected, a clear and new alternative plan must be presented or else Britain will have to leave the EU with no deal.
- The summit next week is seen as the last chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to secure unanimous approval from the other 27 EU members for any Brexit delay.
General Wolters new NATO supreme commander
- US Air force General Tod Wolters was nominated to become the north Atlantic treaty organization’s chief.
- General Wolters is currently serving as commander, United States Air forces Europe, United States Air forces Africa and Allied Air Command.
Australia to launch military exercise
- Australia will launch a seven nation Indian Ocean military exercise from 18march 2019.
- The exercise will start in srilanka.
- Some 1000 Australian security personnel in four naval ships and a military aircraft will participate in the biggest joint exercise yet with their srilankan counterparts
India to host U-17 Women’s Football World Cup in 2020
- India will host the Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup in 2020. This was announced by the President of International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino after the council meeting in Miami, USA last night.
- Infantino said, FIFA is delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the Women’s World Cup.
- This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017.