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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot speaks to media outisde Raj Bhawan in Jaipur.
Latest news today live updates: The five French Rafale fighter jets touched down at Haryana's Ambala after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force. The jets were given a customary water salute upon their arrival at the airbase, some 220-km from the India-Pakistan border.

The formal induction ceremony of the aircraft would be held later. The aircraft would move out soon to another operational base for operational sorties. The Rafale jets, India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in over two decades, are expected to significantly boost the Indian Air Force's combat capabilities.

The Ashok Gehlot Cabinet on Wednesday cleared another proposal to be sent to the Governor for summoning the assembly, saying the session should begin on August 14. Government sources argued that this meets the 21-day notice requirement on which Governor Kalraj Mishra was insisting.

The Cabinet is counting the days from July 23, when it made its first proposal. Earlier, the government wanted the session from July 31.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) and renamed the HRD Ministry as Education Ministry, officials said.

 
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2:36 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday meet the chiefs of all financial sector regulators including Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minster Piyush Goyal and Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will also be a part of the meeting, scheduled to be held through video conferencing.   The meeting is likely to focus on economic revival, particularly the steps taken in the field of MSMEs. The meeting comes a day after the prime minister met bankers.

2:35 AM IST The Centre on Wedenesday issued fresh guidelines as part of ‘Unlock 3’ — the Covid-19-related lifting of restrictions — which scrapped night curfew and allowed gyms and yoga institutes to reopen from August 5.   The goverment ignored demands by cinema hall owners for reopening. Theatres, bars, and places of congregation will also remain shut.   As part of ‘Unlock 2’, night curfew was in place from 10 pm to 5 am. This has now been done away with. The move will allow shops, malls, and other establishments to remain open after 10 pm, but not many in the industry were enthused by the relaxation given the poor sales. Other restrictions continue, at least till August 31. READ MORE

2:34 AM IST The message from Jeff Bezos: Big Tech’s not so powerful. The message is from his personal fortune: Oh yes, it is.   As Bezos and three other technology magnates prepare to defend their businesses at a Congressional hearing on antitrust worries on Wednesday, their fast-growing wealth provides a breathtaking measure of their companies’ economic might. The Amazon.com founder has seen his net worth soar by $63.6 billion this year. On one day this month, it leaped an unprecedented $13 billion. The world’s richest man is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.   Another CEO set to testify, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, has grown $9.1 billion richer this year.

12:53 AM IST On the International Tiger Day on Wednesday, the Indian Museum organised an online exhibition portraying various artefacts, paintings and objects associated with the majestic beast.   Photographs of objects depicting the big cat in various poses from the collection of Indian Museum were displayed at the online exhibition, a museum spokesman said.

12:50 AM IST US stocks added to gains on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve repeated a pledge to use its "full range of tools" to support the economy for as long as it takes to recover from fallout of the pandemic.   At the end of its two-day policy meeting the Fed said it maintained its interest rate target range until it is confident the economy has weathered the virus and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.   "This was pretty much as expected. The key statement will be in September when they give some forward guidance," said Stan Shipley, Evercore ISI macro research analyst in New York.

11:53 PM IST The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated a pledge to use its "full range of tools" to support the US economy and keep interest rates near zero for as long as it takes to recover from the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, saying the path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. Read more here

11:49 PM IST A much-anticipated congressional hearing featuring the CEOs of four of America's largest tech firms kicked off on Wednesday afternoon in a confrontation that promises a healthy dose of political theater, while also offering a window into the thinking of lawmakers trying to rein in Big Tech.   Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc's Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc -owned Google's Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc's Tim Cook - who together represent about $5 trillion of the US economy - are appearing via videoconference before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel.   President Donald Trump, who has clashed with several of the biggest tech companies, on Wednesday threatened to take action against them.

11:19 PM IST Former Chief of Air Staff B S Dhanoa on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafales in India and said he defended the deal to procure the multi-role jets notwithstanding the political controversy to stop it from going the Bofors way.   The alleged pay-offs in procurement of a batch of Bofors guns in mid-1980s and its subsequent political ramifications had severely crippled defence procurement as bureaucrats were apprehensive of taking decisions on military purchases.   "I defended the deal as I did not want it to go the Bofors way. We were against politicisation of the defence acquisition process. It was a question of capability of the Air Force," Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa told PTI.

11:14 PM IST German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse on Wednesday said it posted a 4 per cent fall in second quarter net profit, coming in below expectations, but left its guidance for the year unchanged.   Net profit attributable to shareholders was 256.7 million euros ($302.26 million), down from 266.9 million euros a year ago, the company said. Analysts had expected an increase in profit.

11:09 PM IST The new National Education Policy evoked mixed reactions among academicians on Wednesday with some hailing it as a "groundbreaking" action plan that promotes holistic and multi-disciplinary learning and others arguing that it will pave the way for privatisation of education.   A single regulator for higher education institutions, multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, discontinuation of M.Phil programmes, low stakes board exams, common entrance exams for universities are among the highlights of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.   Former Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, who was an official reviewer of the document when it was being formulated, said the policy lays down the road map pretty nicely.

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PM Modi to meet chiefs of all financial sector regulators on Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday meet the chiefs of all financial sector regulators including Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minster Piyush Goyal and Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will also be a part of the meeting, scheduled to be held through video conferencing.
 
The meeting is likely to focus on economic revival, particularly the steps taken in the field of MSMEs. The meeting comes a day after the prime minister met bankers.

Unlock 3: Night curfew ends, no schools till August 31, gyms can reopen

The Centre on Wedenesday issued fresh guidelines as part of ‘Unlock 3’ — the Covid-19-related lifting of restrictions — which scrapped night curfew and allowed gyms and yoga institutes to reopen from August 5.
 
The goverment ignored demands by cinema hall owners for reopening. Theatres, bars, and places of congregation will also remain shut.
 
As part of ‘Unlock 2’, night curfew was in place from 10 pm to 5 am. This has now been done away with. The move will allow shops, malls, and other establishments to remain open after 10 pm, but not many in the industry were enthused by the relaxation given the poor sales. Other restrictions continue, at least till August 31. READ MORE

Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk made $115 billion this year

The message from Jeff Bezos: Big Tech’s not so powerful. The message is from his personal fortune: Oh yes, it is.
 
As Bezos and three other technology magnates prepare to defend their businesses at a Congressional hearing on antitrust worries on Wednesday, their fast-growing wealth provides a breathtaking measure of their companies’ economic might. The Amazon.com founder has seen his net worth soar by $63.6 billion this year. On one day this month, it leaped an unprecedented $13 billion. The world’s richest man is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
 
Another CEO set to testify, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, has grown $9.1 billion richer this year.

Indian Museum organises online exhibition on International Tiger Day

On the International Tiger Day on Wednesday, the Indian Museum organised an online exhibition portraying various artefacts, paintings and objects associated with the majestic beast.
 
Photographs of objects depicting the big cat in various poses from the collection of Indian Museum were displayed at the online exhibition, a museum spokesman said.

Wall Street adds to gains after Fed vows more support to US economy

US stocks added to gains on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve repeated a pledge to use its "full range of tools" to support the economy for as long as it takes to recover from fallout of the pandemic.
 
At the end of its two-day policy meeting the Fed said it maintained its interest rate target range until it is confident the economy has weathered the virus and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.
 
"This was pretty much as expected. The key statement will be in September when they give some forward guidance," said Stan Shipley, Evercore ISI macro research analyst in New York.

Fed pledges to keep rates near zero

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated a pledge to use its "full range of tools" to support the US economy and keep interest rates near zero for as long as it takes to recover from the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, saying the path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. Read more here

Big Tech tangles with Washington lawmakers in antitrust showdown

A much-anticipated congressional hearing featuring the CEOs of four of America's largest tech firms kicked off on Wednesday afternoon in a confrontation that promises a healthy dose of political theater, while also offering a window into the thinking of lawmakers trying to rein in Big Tech.
 
Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc's Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc -owned Google's Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc's Tim Cook - who together represent about $5 trillion of the US economy - are appearing via videoconference before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel.
 
President Donald Trump, who has clashed with several of the biggest tech companies, on Wednesday threatened to take action against them.

Defended Rafale deal as did not want it go the Bofors way: former IAF Chief B S Dhanoa

Former Chief of Air Staff B S Dhanoa on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafales in India and said he defended the deal to procure the multi-role jets notwithstanding the political controversy to stop it from going the Bofors way.
 

The alleged pay-offs in procurement of a batch of Bofors guns in mid-1980s and its subsequent political ramifications had severely crippled defence procurement as bureaucrats were apprehensive of taking decisions on military purchases.
 

"I defended the deal as I did not want it to go the Bofors way. We were against politicisation of the defence acquisition process. It was a question of capability of the Air Force," Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa told PTI.

Deutsche Boerse second quarter net profit drops 4%

German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse on Wednesday said it posted a 4 per cent fall in second quarter net profit, coming in below expectations, but left its guidance for the year unchanged.
 
Net profit attributable to shareholders was 256.7 million euros ($302.26 million), down from 266.9 million euros a year ago, the company said. Analysts had expected an increase in profit.

National Education Policy evokes mixed reactions among academicians

The new National Education Policy evoked mixed reactions among academicians on Wednesday with some hailing it as a "groundbreaking" action plan that promotes holistic and multi-disciplinary learning and others arguing that it will pave the way for privatisation of education.
 
A single regulator for higher education institutions, multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, discontinuation of M.Phil programmes, low stakes board exams, common entrance exams for universities are among the highlights of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.
 
Former Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, who was an official reviewer of the document when it was being formulated, said the policy lays down the road map pretty nicely.

Troubles abound, Boeing losses bloom to $2.4 billion in Q2

Boeing lost $2.4 billion in the second quarter and the company will slow production and cut more jobs as demand for commercial aircraft shrinks during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The loss was far worse than Wall Street expected; so was the decline in revenue, which fell 25 per cent.
 
"The reality is the pandemic's impact on the aviation sector continues to be severe," CEO David Calhoun said. He said airlines are delaying purchases, slowing down deliveries and deferring elective maintenance, "all of which affects our business and, ultimately, our bottom line."
 
Calhoun said it will take around three years to return to 2019 passenger levels.

3,847,531 people affected due to floods in Bihar and 25,116 moved to shelter homes

Internet access across Jammu and Kashmir shall be made available at 2G speed: Govt

Call assembly session from Aug 14: Rajasthan Cabinet

The Ashok Gehlot Cabinet on Wednesday cleared another proposal to be sent to the Governor for summoning the assembly, saying the session should begin on August 14. Government sources argued that this meets the 21-day notice requirement on which Governor Kalraj Mishra was insisting.
 
The Cabinet is counting the days from July 23, when it made its first proposal. Earlier, the government wanted the session from July 31.

Assam flood: Death toll rises to 133 as 3 persons drown; 16.55 lakh remain affected

Three persons drowned in flood waters in Assam and close to 17 lakh people across 21 districts remained affected despite an improvement in the deluge situation across the state, according to an official bulletin on Wednesday. A daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that one person each drowned in Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup districts.
 
With this, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood and landslide across the state has gone up to 133, of whom 107 were killed in flood-related incidents and 26 died due to landslides.
 
The ASDMA said over 16.55 lakh people are hit by floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts.
 
Goalpara is the worst-hit with over 4.19 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon with more than 2.63 lakh people and South Salmara with around 2.50 lakh people hit by the deluge.

Indian Air Force chief welcomes pilots who flew Rafale fighter jets to India

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday welcomed the pilots, who flew Rafale jets to India, Indian Air Force (IAF) airbase in Haryana's Ambala.
 
Five French Rafale fighter jets touched down at Ambala today after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the IAF. The five jets were flown by pilots of the 17 Golden Arrows led by Commanding Officer Group Captain Harkirat Singh along with other pilots, Wing Commanders MK Singh, R Kataria, Sidhu and Arun.
 
Water salute was given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft after their landing at IAF airbase in Ambala.

Second stage of flight of Rafale aircraft covering over 2,700 km was carried out with Air-to-Air Refuelling

Sachin Pilot congratulates Rajasthan Congress chief Dotasara

Amidst the ongoing political turmoil in Rajasthan, Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday congratulated state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasara after he took charge of office earlier in the day.
 
"Congratulations to Dotasara ji on taking charge as Rajasthan Congress chief. Hope that without any pressure or partiality, you'll give full respect to the workers whose hard work resulted in government formation," Pilot tweeted.
 
Sachin Pilot Pilot was removed as Congress' state unit chief earlier this month.
 
Rajasthan Congress is in turmoil after simmering differences between Pilot and state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot came out in the open.

People in Ambala rejoice arrival of Rafale jets

People danced and distributed sweets, released tricolour balloons and raised 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' slogans while some enthusiastically counted the jets as five Rafale aircraft arrived at the air base here this afternoon.
 
Despite many restrictions put in place by the authorities, some people took to streets to catch a glimpse of the fighter jets.
 
Authorities had imposed prohibitory orders near the Ambala Air Force Station, banning shooting of videos and photography while Section 144, which prohibits assembly of four or more people, was imposed in the villages adjoining the air base, including Dhulkot, Baldev Nagar, Garnala and Panjkhora.
 
The Haryana Police set up several check barricades, especially within the 3 km radius of the air base, and police officers were seen patrolling residential localities near the air base, making announcements over loudspeakers warning people not to stand on the rooftop of their houses to click pictures or shoot videos. Violators would face punishment as per the law, they warned.

36 Rafale fleet will be a game changer for India: Experts

The Rafale jets, known globally as one the most potent strategic platforms with unmatched capability in carrying out a variety of roles, will significantly bolster India's air combat capabilities when it is facing hostile neighbours like Pakistan and China, defence experts said on Wednesday.
 
The timing of induction of the 4.5 generation combat jets assumed significance as it came in the midst of India's tense border row with China, according to a PTI report.
 
They said the Rafales could be a game-changer for India after all the 36 jets join the Indian Air Force as no aircraft in possession of any country in the neighbourhood will be able to match their superior kinematic performance and powerful electronic warfare systems.
 
The Rafale jet, which is often compared with the US' stealth F-35 aircraft and F-22, is able to carry out all combat aviation missions like air superiority and air defence, close air support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence at varied speed limits of up to 1.8 Mach.

Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi meets Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan

Giving IAF a strategic edge, fleet of 5 Rafale combat jets arrive in India

Nearly 23 years after Sukhoi aircraft were imported, a fleet of five French-manufactured Rafale multi-role combat jets touched down in India, giving the country's air power a strategic edge over its adversaries in the neighbourhood.
 
The aircraft, having an undisputed track record and considered one of the most potent combat jets globally, landed at the Ambala Air Force base after covering a distance of 7,000 km from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux.
 
The Rafales were escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air space. READ MORE...

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria welcomes pilots who flew Rafale jets to India

Those wanting to threaten India's territorial integrity should be worried about its new capability: Rajnath on arrival of Rafale jets

The arrival of five Rafale jets will make the Indian Air Force much stronger to deter any threat facing India and those wanting to threaten the country's territorial integrity should be worried about its new capability, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.
 
The remarks are largely seen as a veiled message to China with whom India is locked in a bitter border row in eastern Ladakh. China has significantly enhanced deployment of its fighter jets and other aerial assets around its key bases in the region.
 
Taking to Twitter, Singh said that the touchdown of Rafale jets in India marks the beginning of a new era in India's military history, adding the fleet will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on the country.
 
"I would like to add, if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity," he said.

Parts of Muzaffarpur district flooded due to incessant rainfall in the region

Latest News LIVE: In a first, Railways uses NTC machine for track construction

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar and Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav on Wednesday inspected the Khurja-Dadri section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, which is among the first tracks in India where the New Track Construction (NTC) machine is being used.
 
Currently, there are seven NTC machines that have been deployed along the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) alignment. While four machines have been deployed in the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), three have been deployed in the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), respectively.
 
The Khurja-Dadri section is the connecting link between the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors on which freight trains run at a speed of 100 kmph ensuring fast logistics movement, according to a PTI report.

World-class fighter jets will prove to be game-changer: Amit Shah after Rafale landing in Ambala

Calling touchdown of Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase as "historic day" for Indian Air Force and proud moment for India, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that "world-class fighter jets will prove to be a game-changer".
 
In a series of tweets, Shah congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Air Force and the entire country on this "momentous day". 

Shah said that Modi government is committed to build India's defence capabilities.

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There are over 45,000 affiliated colleges in India: Higher Education Secretary

Rajasthan Governor asks state govt to deliberate on 21-day notice period before convening session

Cabinet approved National Education Policy 2020: Government of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets in Sanskrit welcoming Rafale fighter jets in India

LIVE: Cabinet briefing by Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal

Cabinet under PM Modi gave approval to new education policy for the 21st century: Prakash Javadekar

May You Touch the Sky With Glory: Message from INS Kolkata to Arrow Leader while welcoming Rafales in Indian Ocean

First batch of Rafale fighter jets arrive in Haryana's Ambala from France

The five French Rafale fighter jets touched down at Haryana's Ambala after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force.
 
The jets were given a customary water salute upon their arrival at the airbase, some 220-km from the India-Pakistan border. The formal induction ceremony of the aircraft would be held later. The aircraft would move out soon to another operational base for operational sorties.
 
After taking off from France on Monday, the aircraft made their first stopover at a French base in the United Arab Emirates on their way to India and were refuelled by the French Air Force tanker aircraft somewhere around Greece or Israel over the sea before landing there.
 
The five were flown by pilots of the 17 Golden Arrows led by Commanding Officer Group Captain Harkirat Singh along with other pilots, Wing Commanders MK Singh, R Kataria, Sidhu and Arun.

Salute given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft after landing at Indian Air Force airbase in Haryana

Rafale jets are a 'modern technological marvel': Goa CM Pramod Sawant

The Rafale fighter jets are a "modern technological marvel" and will provide a major boost to the Indian Air Force, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday, ahead of five jets arriving at the Ambala airbase in Haryana.

Former Goa Chief Minister and Sawant's predecessor late Manohar Parrikar served as Defence Minister from 2014-17, during which the 36 Rafale fighter jet deal was negotiated and sealed with the French government.
 

First batch of Rafale fighter jets arrive in Haryana's Ambala from France

Birds have entered Indian airspace, happy landing in Ambala: Rajnath welcomes Rafales

The five Rafale fighter jets have entered the Indian airspace, informed the Office of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.
 
"The Birds have entered the Indian airspace..Happy Landing in Ambala!" tweeted the Defence Minister's Office. "The five Rafales escorted by 02 SU30 MKIs as they enter the Indian air space," read another tweet from the Defence Minister's Office.

Water salute will be given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft after their landing at Ambala airbase in Haryana on Wednesday. India's new multirole foreign fighter aircraft will join its Air Force fleet today in Ambala.
 
The last foreign fighters inducted into the Air Force were the Sukhoi-30s from Russia which have now become the mainstay of the Air Force after multiple orders in view of delays in placing orders for new western aircraft.
 
Once the aircraft lands in Ambala, the pilots led by Group Captain Harkirat Singh would meet the IAF chief and brief him about their flying and training in France. The formal induction ceremony of the aircraft would be held later.

Touchdown of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks beginning of a new era in Military History: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

The Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala: Tweets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Rafale fighter jets were given ceremonial welcome by IAF Su-30MKIs

First batch of five Rafale combat jets to land at Ambala airbase shortly

JUST IN: Five Rafale fighter jets arriving at Haryana's Ambala airbase

Five Rafale jets in the Indian airspace, flanked by two Su-30MKIs

Indian Navy deploys large number of frontline warships and submarines in Indian Ocean Region

Indian Rafale contingent establishes contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata deployed in Western Arabian Sea

Cabinet approves new National Education Policy, HRD Ministry renamed as Education Ministry

According to a PTI report, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) and renamed the HRD Ministry as Education Ministry, officials said.
 
A panel led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new NEP to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' when he took charge last year. The draft was then put in public domain to seek feedback from various stakeholders and over two lakh suggestions were received by the HRD Ministry about the same.
 
"The policy draft has been approved. The Ministry has been renamed as Education Ministry," a senior HRD Ministry official said.
 
The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election. The drafting experts also took into account the report of a panel headed by former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian and formed by the HRD Ministry when it was being headed by Union Minister Smriti Irani.

India, Nepal district officials to hold talks over encroachment in Tanakpur

District officials of Champawat in India and Nepal's Kanchanpur will hold talks to resolve allegations that Nepalese citizens have encroached on "no man's land" near the border in Tanakpur, said an Indian police officer on Wednesday.
 
Lokeshwar Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Champawat, said Nepalese officials had carried out a survey of the pillar number 811, the location in question.

Market update | Jet Airways declines 5% after Q1 earnings

Shares of Jet Airways on Wednesday plunged nearly 5 per cent to its lowest trading permissible limit for the day after the company reported widening of loss in the year ended March 2019.
 
The stock declined 4.90 per cent to Rs 29.10 -- its lower circuit limit -- on the BSE.
 
On the NSE, it tanked 4.92 per cent to Rs 28.95.
 
Jet Airways, which is undergoing insolvency resolution process, has reported widening of loss to Rs 5,535.75 crore in the year ended March 2019 as surge in expenses took a toll.

Gujarat: Scrapped notes of Rs 4.76 crore face value seized, 2 held

Demonetised currency notes with the face value of Rs 4.76 crore were recovered in Godhra town of Gujarat and two persons were held in this connection, police said on Wednesday.
 
The duo was apprehended following a raid conducted by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Godhra police on Tuesday night, a statement issued by the state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) said.
 
The ATS had given a tip-off about it.

Today, history is being created. The people of Ambala are awaiting the arrival of Rafale fighter jets: Haryana Minister Anil Vij

 If there was no coronavirus, people of Ambala would have welcomed the fighters jets with celebrations, he said.

Water salute to be given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft after their landing at Ambala airbase in Haryana today


Earthquake of 2.8 magnitude hits Palghar in Maharashtra

An earthquake of magnitude 2.8 on the Richter scale occurred today at 1:19 am in Palghar, Maharashtra: National Centre for Seismology (NCS)

International Tiger Day 2020: Headcount, India status and other key facts

July 29 is celebrated across the world as International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the dwindling number of striped cats, who are on the brink of extinction, and to encourage tiger conservation. International Tiger Day was created in 2010 at Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia. In the summit, governments of tiger-populated countries vowed to double tiger population by 2022. Almost a decade has passed since then. Read on...

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