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Date: 27 March 2019

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

  • Chairperson, Lokpal administers oath of office to the Members, Lokpal
  • The Chairperson, Lokpal, Sh. Justice P. C. Ghose administered the oath of office to the following Members of Lokpal at a function organised here today:
  1. Sh. Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale
  2. Sh. Justice Pradeep Kumar Mohanty
  3. Smt. Justice Abhilasha Kumari
  4. Sh. Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi
  5. Sh. Dinesh Kumar Jain
  6. Smt. Archana Ramasundaram
  7. Sh. Mahender Singh
  8. Dr. Indrajeet Prasad Gautam

Ministry of Home Affairs

  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia om combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Indonesia on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors.
  • The MoU will help in mutual cooperation in regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and in combating drug trafficking. It will come into force on the date of signing and will remain in effect for a period of five years.
  • India has signed similar Conventions/MoUs/Agreements with the 37 countries.
  • The MoU shall facilitate and enhance the cooperation between the two countries in combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors as defined by the United Nations International Drug Control Conventions.

Prime Minister's Office

  • PM interacts with scientists involved with Mission Shakti, via video conference
  • Shortly after his address to the nation today, Prime Minister spoke to scientists involved with the successful conduct of Mission Shakti, via video conference.
  • The successful conduct of Mission Shakti today, has made India the fourth nation in the world, with the capability to successfully target satellites through an Anti-Satellite Missile.
  • Congratulating them on their success, the Prime Minister said that the entire nation is proud of our scientists for achieving well, what they had set out to accomplish.
  • He said that in line with the "Make in India" initiative, the scientists have given a message to the world that we are less than no one.
  • The Prime Minister said that India follows the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family. He however, also emphasized, that the forces which work for peace and goodwill, must remain everpowerful, for the achievement of peace.
  • The Prime Minister asserted that for global peace and regional peace, India should be capable and strong. He said that the scientists have contributed to this effort with dedication. He also conveyed the greetings of the entire Union Cabinet to the scientists.
  • The scientists thanked the PM for giving them this opportunity to prove their skills.

 Ministry of Defence

  • First Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m) flagged off
  • First Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m) comprising five Officers, two JCOs and eleven OR was flagged off by Director General Military Training on 26 Mar 2019. In furtherance of the objective of summiting all challenging peaks above 8000M, Indian Army is launching its maiden expedition to Mt Makalu in Mar-May 2019.
  • Mt Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous peaks and summiting the peak is considered extremely challenging due to inclement weather conditions and freezing temperatures. The peak will test the climbers for technical acumen, mental and physical courage and their determination to reach atop Mt Makalu.
  • The team has trained hard for last six months as part of preparation to fulfill the daunting task assigned to them by successfully conducting an expedition to Mt Kamet and winter training including the summit of Mt Bhanoti in 2018. The team will embark for the challenging mission from New Delhi and will set up six camps enroute to summit point on Mt Makalu.

UGC prohibits imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. The Union agriculture ministry had referred the matter to the commission.
  • As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017, professional programmes such as medicine, engineering, and architecture, are not permitted to be offered in distance mode. To protect the interest of the students already enrolled to the agriculture degree programme, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been requested for hand-holding of such institutions.
  • However, no new enrolments will be permitted from the 2019 academic session. Nasik-based Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Annamalai University, Indira Gandhi National Open University are among the institutions offering degree and diploma programmes in agriculture science.
  • Five European countries reject US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Golan as Israeli territory
  • Five European countries that sit on the UN Security Council have rejected US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Golan as Israeli territory. They have voiced concern that the move could have broad consequences.
  • Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Poland have insisted that the European position has not changed and that the Golan remains Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, in line with international law enshrined in UN resolutions.
  • Belgian Ambassador Marc Pesteen de Buytswerve told reporters that they do not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights.
  • Three UN Security Council resolutions called on Israel to withdraw from the Golan which it seized from Syria in the 1967.
  • On Monday, Trump signed a proclamation in which the United States recognized the strategic plateau as Israeli territory, breaking with decades of US policy