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NITI Aayog to launch Online Dispute Resolution handbook


NITI Aayog will launch the first-of-its kind Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) handbook in India today. ODR is the resolution of disputes outside courts, particularly of small and medium-value cases, using digital technology and techniques of alternate dispute resolution such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Supreme Court Judge, Justice D Y Chandrachud will deliver the opening address and launch the handbook.

ICCR Foundation Day celebrated at Indian Embassy in Seoul


ICCR Foundation Day was celebrated at Indian Embassy in Seoul also. Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan, highlighted the role of ICCR in promotion of Cultural Diplomacy and India’s Soft Power. She said, over the years, ICCR has worked to propagate an image of India that augments its natural historical appeal, boosting cultural diplomacy and foreign policy” said Ambassador Ranganathan.

Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, ICCR said, ”During the last over 6 years, ICCR has received a new thrust under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who has shown keen interest to build onto India’s ‘soft’ power strengths”.

Two distinguished Indologists, Prof. Geo Lyong Lee and Prof. Lim Geun Dong, both renowned scholars and recipient of prestigious ICCR awards in the fields of Indology and Sanskrit respectively for their extraordinary contributions in promoting Indian philosophy, language and culture were also present. They gave a Special Address on Indian Philosophy and Indian Scriptures as a form of India’s Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy and above all means to promote people to people ties between the two countries of India and Republic of Korea.

During the ceremony, ICCR Scholars, Alumni and students of Indian Cultural Centre shared their experience. A dance recital by the teacher and students of Cultural Centre was also presented during the event.

Bangladesh to have one week complete lockdown from April 14: Minister


Bangladesh will be put under complete lockdown for a week from April 14. Announcing this in Dhaka on Friday, the State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said that a ‘hard lockdown’ will be implemented in the country during which all government and private offices and factories will remain closed in order to control the spread of the Coronavirus. Vehicles will not operate during the lockdown and people will be allowed to come out of their homes only in case of emergency. The decision has been taken as per the advice of the experts.

The Minister said that the notification would be issued soon. The decision about further extending the lockdown will be taken after reviewing the situation.

Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the media on Friday that the government is mulling to impose a weeklong complete lockdown from April 14 as the Coronavirus infection is rising alarmingly.

Bangladesh announced a weeklong lockdown on April 5 which is in its fifth day of implementation. However, offices and factories were allowed to open during the lockdown. Initially, all transport services were suspended for a week but on Wednesday, buses were permitted to operate within city limits in the country. Shops and malls were also allowed to open for eight hours daily from Thursday till April 13, following protests from shopkeepers, ridesharing services drivers and others in the country.

Meanwhile, Corona cases continued to remain at a high level in the country. On Friday, according to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 63 people died and 7462 fresh Coronavirus cases were reported in Bangladesh. This is the second-highest number of single-day infections since March last year when the first Corona Positive case was detected in the country. The sample positivity rate was also reported to be 23.57 after falling to below 3 percent on Feb. 28.

US adds 7 Chinese supercomputer research labs, manufacturers to export blacklist


The United States has added seven Chinese supercomputer research labs and manufacturers to its export blacklist. The latest sanctions block access to U.S. technology for Chinese researchers and manufacturers for making supercomputers used by Chinese military in weapons development.

Chinese-designed supercomputers have set records for speed but are assembled from U.S.-supplied processor chips and other hardware. The measure announced by the US administration yesterday indicates that President Joe Biden is sticking to the tough line taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, toward Chinese technological industries.

President Biden has said he wants better relations with Beijing but has given no indication he will roll back sanctions imposed by Trump on Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei and other companies. Meanwhile, American telecom regulators are in the process of stripping three Chinese phone carriers of the right to operate in the United States.

Former US President Donald Trump also tried to force the Chinese owner of video service TikTok to sell its US unit and issued an order barring Americans from investing in securities of companies deemed by the Pentagon to be linked to China’s military.

India, Kazakhstan to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation

Rajnath Singh holds talks with Defence Minister of Kazakhstan


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today held talks with the Defence Minister of Kazakhstan Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev here today. During the meeting, the two Ministers exchanged views to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation in various fields. They agreed that both sides must look at the possibility of defence industrial collaboration of mutual interest.

The Defence Minister of Kazakhstan thanked Rajnath Singh for the opportunity given to the Kazakh troops for deployment as part of the Indian battalion in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) Raj Kumar and other officials were also present in the meeting.

Bihar: Schools, colleges, coaching centres to remain closed, Shops to shut down after 7 PM


Amid growing concern over COVID menace, the Bihar government has ordered closure of all schools, colleges, coaching classes till April 18, 2021 in the state. Shops and establishments will also be directed to shut down after 7 PM. Hotels to function at 25 % capacity.

After chairing a high-level meeting with officials on Friday, the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “We are ready to take whatever steps may be required to check the spike in the positive cases. A massive testing has started at all places for the passengers returning from Maharashtra (in particular).”

He added that in the next few days an all-party meeting will be held to decide further steps.

The CM categorically said that no decision was taken to impose night curfew or lockdown in the state. What was decided was to get people to adhere to safety measures through a mass mobilisation drive.

The Chief Minister said 17 passengers who had returned from Mumbai had tested positive in Patna. He added that if the situation deteriorates further in Bihar, more stringent steps will be taken to check the pandemic.

Principal health secretary Pratyay Amrit, who was also present at the media interaction, said that all religious places will remain closed till April 30 and restrictions have been imposed on gatherings and public events in view of the rising graph of Covid positive cases.

He also said that a special vaccination drive on mission mode will be carried out from April 11 to 14 to vaccinate at least 4 lakh people each on the four days.

“For special vaccination drive, additional vaccines have also been requested by the state government,” Amrit said.

He said that only 35% attendance has been allowed in the government offices.

“Only 25% of customers will be allowed in restaurants and 50% in movie halls,” he said.

India, Netherlands ties are based on shared values of democracy: PM Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the relationship between India and the Netherlands is based on the shared values of democracy and rule of law.

Holding the Virtual Summit with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte today, Mr Modi said that our approach towards global challenges like climate change, terrorism and pandemic is similar. He said, we are also developing convergence in new areas like Indo-pacific resilient supply chains and global digital governance.

Mr Modi mentioned that today, we will give a new dimension to this connection with our Strategic Partnership on Water. He added that establishment of fast track mechanism for investment promotion also gives new momentum to strong economic cooperation between the two countries.

He expressed confidence that post covid period many news opportunities will be generated in which like-minded countries can enhance mutual collaborations. Mr Modi also thanked his counterpart Mark Rutte for taking care of the Indian living in the Netherland during COVID pandemic. India, Netherlands ties are based on shared values of democracy: PM Modi

UK: Duke of Edinburgh The Prince Philip is dead


The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99. A statement from Buckingham Palace said “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. In March, the Duke of Edinburgh left hospital after a month-long stay for treatment.

Philip spent 65 years supporting the queen, retiring from his public role in 2017 and staying largely out of the view since. In his active years, he helped set a new course for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain itself, as well as environmental causes, science and technology.

PM Modi calls for wider study of History


Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the need for much wider study of History. He said history should not only be a lesson of the past but should also mirror the future.

Speaking at the book launch ceremony of Hindi Version of the ‘Odisha Itihaas’ written by Dr Harekrushna Mahtab in New Delhi today, Prime Minister said many important events and stories of the freedom struggle could not come before the country in proper form. He said that in the Indian tradition, history is not limited to kings and palaces. He said, History evolved with people over thousands of years. Mr Modi said, it is foreign thought process that has turned the stories of dynasties and palaces into history.

Giving example of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the Prime Minister, most of the description in it is of the common people and in our lives, common person is the focus point.

The Prime Minister emphasized that with struggles like Paika Rebellion, Ganjam Revolt to Sambalpur Struggle, land of Odisha always gave new energy to the fire of revolt against the British rule. He said, Surendra Sai of Sambalpur Andolan is a source of inspiration for all of us. The Prime Minister remembered the immense contribution of leaders like Pandit Gopabandhu, Acharya Harihar and Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab. He paid tribute to the contribution of Ramadevi, Malti Devi, Kokila Devi and Rani Bhagyawati.

The Prime Minister also noted the contribution of the tribal community who always troubled the British with their patriotism and valour. He also remembered the great tribal leader of the Quit India Movement Laxman Nayak. The Prime Minister said that history of Odisha represents the historical strength of entire India. This strength, reflected in the history is connected with the present and future possibilities and work as a guide for us.

Mr Modi said, it is important that diverse and comprehensive history of Odisha should reach people of the country. He made a call for making the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav a truly People’s movement and expressed that this campaign will lead to the flow of similar energy as was witnessed during the independence struggle.

Dwelling upon the development of the state, the Prime Minister said that for business and industry, the first requirement is infrastructure. He informed that thousands of kilometres of national highways, coastal highways are being constructed in Odisha which will lead to connectivity of the parts of the state. Mr Modi said, hundreds of kilometre long rail lines have also been laid in the states in the last 6-7 years. He said, thousands of crores have been invested to realize the vast possibilities in oil sector and steel sector in the state. Similarly, efforts are on to improve the lives of the fishermen of Odisha through blue revolution.

The Prime Minister also talked about the efforts being undertaken in the skill sector. He said, for the benefit of the youth of the state, foundations have been laid for institutes like IIT Bhubaneshwar, IISER Berhampur, Indian Institute of Skills, IIT Sambalpur in the state.

Speaking about former Odisha Chief Minister and author of the book ‘Odisha Itihaas’, Dr Mahtab, the Prime Minister said that he was not only a notable figure in the Indian Independence Movement but was also a political personality who contributed a lot in the making of modern Odisha. He noted that during the Emergency, Dr Mahtab went to jail opposing the party under which he became Chief Minister. He said, Dr Mahtab went to prison for both independence and for saving the country’s democracy.

The book, available in Odia and English so far, has been translated into Hindi by Shankarlal Purohit.Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Member of Parliament Lok Sabha, Bhartruhari Mahtab were present on the occasion.

Over 1.31 lakh new Coronavirus cases reported in last 24 hours


A total number of one lakh 31 thousand 968 new cases have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to over one crore 30 lakh. The Health Ministry said, 780 deaths have also been reported during the last 24 hour taking the toll to over one lakh 67 thousand across the country.

MEANWHILE India has administered over nine crore 43 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in the country so far. Union Health Ministry said that more than 36 lakh 91 thousand beneficiaries have been inoculated with Covid-19 Vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

Ten States including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a rise in the COVID daily new cases. Over 83 per cent of the new cases are reported from these 10 states.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases of over 56 thousand followed by Chhattisgarh with 10 thousand 652 cases.

The country’s COVID-19 recovery rate is at 91.22 per cent with the recovery of more than 61 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore 19 lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is over nine lakh 79 thousand which comprises of 7.50 per cent of the total positive cases.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that various laboratories have conducted more than 13 lakh 64 thousand tests of coronavirus samples during the last 24 hours and more than 25 crore 40 lakh tests have been done in the country so far.