Smriti Irani inaugurates refurbished Handloom Haat in Delhi
Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the refurbished Handloom Haat at Janpath in New Delhi. The main objective of the Haat is to provide infrastructure support to handloom agencies to augment their sales of handloom products and to showcase the exquisite variety of products produced all over the country.
National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation to be set up at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh
SmtShakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment laid the foundation stone of the ‘National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation’ at Sherpur Village in District Sehore, Madhya Pradesh.
Chennai Central Station to be renamed after MGR
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Chennai Central Railway Station will be renamed after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR. In Kancheepuram, the Prime Minister inaugurated a number of developmental projects in roadways, railways, and energy sector. These projects are meant to further strengthen the roadway and railway infrastructure in the state paving way for better, faster and cheaper transportation for people in Tamil Nadu.
Google launches reading tutor app ‘Bolo’ for kids in India
Google launched a free app called “Bolo” that parents can download to help primary grade children improve their Hindi and English reading skills. Launched in India first, the app is designed to work offline and comes with a built-in reading buddy, “Diya“, who encourages, aids, explains, and corrects the child, as they read aloud.
Janaushadhi Diwas being celebrated across the country
Janaushadhi Diwas celebrated across the country on 7 March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed five thousand Janaushadhi stores across the country through video-conferencing on the occasion. He also interacted with owners of Janaushadhi Kendras and beneficiaries of the scheme. More than five thousand 50 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras, PMBJP, are functional in 652 districts.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Jio propels Mukesh Ambani to 13th spot in Forbes’ billionaire list
The phenomenal growth of Reliance Jio, backed by its ultra-cheap data plans that has transformed the telecom scenario in India, has helped Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani move six places up to rank 13th in US magazine Forbes’ “World’s Billionaire list 2019”. Others in the top-100 billionaires’ list include Wipro Chairman Azim Premji at rank 36th, followed by HCL co-founder Shiv Nadar at 82nd spot and ArcelorMittal chairman Lakshmi Mittal at 91st position.
Former Union minister Venur Dhananjay Kumar passes away
Former Union minister Venur Dhananjay Kumar battling multi-organ failure, passed away at a private hospital in Mangaluru. He was 68. Having started his career in the youth wing of BJP, Kumar became an MLA in 1983 from then Mangalore assembly constituency.
Kaja Kallas appointed as the first female prime minister of Estonia
Kaja Kallas was appointed as first female Prime Minister of Estonia. She is leader of country’s Reform Party. Her appointment comes after her liberal Reform Party was declared victoriois in the elections against centre-left Prime Minister Juri Ratas’s party.