India on Monday declared that its nuclear triad,
stated in its nuclear doctrine, is operational after indigenous ballistic
missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant achieved a milestone by conducting its
first deterrence patrol.
This means that Arihant is now prowling the deep seas
carrying ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. “Prime Minister
NarendraModi received today [Monday] the crew of ship submersible ballistic
nuclear (SSBN) INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first
deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country’s survivable
nuclear triad,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Noting that the indigenous development of the SSBN and its
operationalisation attest to the country's technological prowess and the synergy
and coordination among all concerned, the Prime Minister thanked them for their
dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment enhancing
immensely the country's security.
The Prime Minister commended the courage and commitment of
India's brave soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists, whose
untiring efforts transformed the scientific achievement of nuclear tests into
establishment of an immensely complex and credible nuclear triad, and dispelled
all doubts and questions about India's capability and resolve in this regard.
Seaplanes may soon be operating commercial passenger
flights in India with the Centre inviting bids for connecting selected
destinations under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
Included among the 10 destinations that the government
proposes to connect through seaplanes are the recently unveiled Statue of Unity
at SardarSarovar Dam, Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, Tehri Dam in
Uttarakhand and NagarjunaSagar in Telangana.
Opening the third round of the RCS, the Ministry of Civil
Aviation has invited proposals for air routes that include tourist destinations.
The deadline for submitting applications is November 20.
In the latest phase, the Centre is reoffering 34 airports that weren’t
successfully connected, primarily because two airlines — Air Odisha and Air
Deccan — were unable to operate routes they had bid for due to lack of funds.
Some destinations have been put on the block again as helicopter operations
failed to take off.
The Centre has also offered 23 tourist destinations
including Bodh Gaya, Agra, Kanha, Varanasi, Hampi, Mysore and Kullu.
Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) under
Union Minister SmtHarsimratKaurBadal has approved the operationalisation
strategy for Operation Greens today.
Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of
2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion
and Potato(TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the
country round the year without price volatility.
Approving the measures, the Minister said “Price
volatility of TOP crops wreaks havoc in the households of this country. This is
a revolutionary scheme which has evolved after sustained dialogue with all
stakeholders and we have decided the strategy to stabilize prices of TOP crops
and to make sure that TOP crops reach all households in the country around the
SmtBadal added “Our government has laid down special
measures and grants-in-aid under the scheme to ensure enhanced production of TOP
crops and to augment value chain”.
In the budget speech of 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation
Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500
crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations, agri-logistics, processing
facilities and professional management.
India is one of eight countries to receive temporary
exemptions from U.S. sanctions on Iran that came into effect on Monday,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
China and India, in that order, are the top two
importers of Iranian oil. All payments for Iranian oil will be held in
Foreign Accounts, Mr Pompeo said. Tehran can use the money to purchase
non-sanctioned goods and for humanitarian purposes, including food,
medicines and medical devices.
In the last fiscal year, India, which imports over 80%
of its oil, sourced some 10% of its oil imports, or just over 22 million
tons from Iran. The Indian Oil Corporation is the biggest Indian customer
for Iranian oil.
More than 20 countries have decreased their imports of
Iranian crude, the Secretary of State said, cutting Iran’s oil revenues by
more than $2.5 billion since May this year, when Donald Trump pulled the
U.S. out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or “ Iran Deal” .
The European Union, which has stayed in the deal, has
been frustrated by the America’s efforts to stifle European business’s
activities with Iran.
“We have decided to grant narrow and temp waivers to
permit the continuation of three non-proliferation projects, currently
underway, allowing these activities to continue for the time being,”
Mr.Pompeo said. He confirmed that the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant would be
one of the three sites.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between
the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India and the Ministry of
Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea on sports cooperation
The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
is to establish a framework to facilitate and promote cooperation between
the two countries on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit.
The cooperation under this MoU may include areas like
(a) Exchange of coaches, athletes, experts;(b) Exchange of scientific and
methodical materials (c) Joint training for athletes and officials;(d)
Participation in sports event, seminars, symposia and conferences organized
by either country etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Culture, Sports
and Tourism H.E. DO JONGHWAN said that his country always looks forward to
working with India in Sports. Relationship with India is priority for their
leadership and they would be happy to provide assistance to India in areas
of common interest. The Korean side invited Hon’ble Minister to visit their
The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Government
for the Republic of Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of
The MoU was signed by two parties desiring to
strengthen and further develop the established relationship for
strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
Skin cancer deaths among men have soared in wealthy
nations since 1985, with mortality rates among women rising more slowly or
even declining, researchers told a medical conference in Glasgow on Sunday.
Reasons for the discrepancy between sexes are unclear
but evidence suggests men are “less likely to protect themselves from the
sun” or heed public health warnings, lead researcher Dorothy Yang, a doctor
at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in London, said.
More than 90% of melanoma cancers are caused by skin
cell damage from exposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet (UV)
radiation such as tanning beds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
In eight of 18 countries examined, men’s skin cancer
death rates increased over three decades by at least 50%.
Sharp jumps were witnessed in Spain and Britain (70%),
The Netherlands (60%), as well as France and Belgium (50%).In the U.S.,
which was not included in the study, male melanoma mortality went up by
about 25%, according to CDC statistics.
But the countries with the biggest increase in skin
cancer deaths were often not with the most elevated mortality rates, the new
Scientists are investigating whether biological or
genetic factors might also play a role in skin cancer, but findings so far
are inconclusive, Ms. Yang said.