President appoints Sushil Chandra as the Chief Election Commissioner of India

The President appointed Shri Sushil Chandra the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India.

Shri Sushil Chandra will assume the charge of office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 13th ApriI, 2021 vice Shri Sunil Arora consequent upon his demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 12th April, 2021.

A notification in this regard has been issued by Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice today.

Ministry of Law and Justice via PIB India

Given the current COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th: Varsha Gaikwad

Varsha Gaikwad – Minister, School Education, Maharashtra:

Given the current COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th.

The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority.

Keeping in mind the schedule of entrance exams for professional courses, class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June.

We’re closely monitoring the health situation. Fresh dates for these exams will be announced accordingly

The decision is the outcome of consultations with various stakeholders-students, teachers, parents, elected representatives from across parties, academicians & tech giants- in the wake of rising coronavirus cases. I also thank Maharashtra CM for his guidance & approval

During the consultations, various alternative assessment options were evaluated keeping the health, well-being and future of our students in mind. Postponing exams seemed to be the most pragmatic solution.

We’ll also be writing to the CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge boards, requesting them to reconsider their exams dates.

Union Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today launched ‘DGFT Trade Facilitation App’ for easy, omni-channel access to various trade related processes and enquiries

Ministry of Commerce & Industry via PIB India:

Commerce & Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal today launched DGFT ‘Trade Facilitation’ Mobile App during the online video conference, for promoting ease of doing business and providing quick access to information to importers/exporters.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that very often, the simple trade-related process becomes cumbersome, and when they are available with a touch of a button, like with a mobile app, we will ensure the Ease of doing business and the speedy growth in international trade. 

“We desire to move towards paperless, automated processing systems, simple procedures for trade players, online data exchange between departments & digital payments & acknowledgements.”, he added

Shri Goyal said that in the post-covid world, tech-enabled governance will play a key role in determining India’s growth and competitiveness.

He said that a Single-window approach has enabled tech transformation of service delivery in India. It has liberated last-mile beneficiary from location based constraints, and enhanced ease of doing business.   

He said that Progress in technology helps develop the economy and strengthen Indian firms in the competitive global market.

Lauding the initiative of DGFT, Shri Goyal said that the new Trade Facilitation App is a step in the right direction as it provides easy, omni-channel access to various trade related processes and enquiries at the touch of button.

He said that truly imbibing Prime Minister’s vision of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance, DGFT is standing up for businesses as a true leader with e-issuance of certificates, QR scan process to validate documents. 

It will reduce transaction cost and time for imports and exports related processes, and usher in transparency. He said that ‘Trade Facilitation Mobile App’ is a symbol of India’s idea of Aatmanirbharta – Making governance easy, economical & accessible, as it symbolises shift in traditional thinking.

Shri Goyal said that Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0, as it provides

Real-time trade policy updates, notifications, application status alert, tracking help requests

Explore item-wise Export-Import policy & statistics,Track IEC Portfolio

AI-based 24*7 assistance for trade queries

DGFT services made accessible to all

Your Trade Dashboard accessible anytime & anywhere

The Minister said that ‘Mobile’ India creates an international trade opportunities for MSMEs and Foreign players.

It will enable creation of a quality conscious and cost-competitive domestic industry. Further, it will significantly contribute to export target of $1 Trillion by 2025 and GDP target of $5 Trillion.

He said that for advanced App development, more inputs & ideas of all stakeholders should be invited for further refinement which will help in expediting our technological transformation.  

Shri Goyal also called for engagement with technology and language specialists to develop Governance Apps in various regional languages, which will support the spirit of oneness amongst our citizens.

The new Mobile App of DGFT provides the following features for ease of the exporters and importers –

  • Real-time Trade Policy Updates and Event Notifications
  • Your Trade Dashboard Anytime Anywhere
  • Access all services offered by DGFT in App
  • Explore Item-wise Export-Import Policy and Statistics
  • 24×7 Virtual Assistance for Trade Related Queries
  • Track your IEC Portfolio – IEC, Applications, Authorizations
  • Real-time Alerts on status of applications
  • Raise and track help requests in real-time
  • Share Trade Notices, Public Notices easily

The App will be available on Android and iOS platforms. The App can also be downloaded from theDGFT Website ( It has been developed by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),as per the directions of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

We will free the religious organizations and institutions from control of govt and will see to it that a board is constituted where religious leaders take over these institutions: JP Nadda in AP

JP Nadda – National President, BJP:

BJP National President Shri JP Nadda addresses a public meeting in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

We are confident of retaining Assam and Tamil Nadu, and form NDA government in Puducherry and a government in West Bengal as well. We will perform well in Kerala.

In all these five states, we’re performing well because under the dynamic leadership of PM Modi, we’ve taken care of people who have been left behind, poor, women empowerment, youth and social welfare of all sections of the society.

Rs 3 lakh crore have been sanctioned for various projects by various ministers in the last three years for Andhra Pradesh. Several premier institutions have also come up in the state.

Schemes brought by Govt of India has witnessed a sea change in empowerment of youth, women and people below poverty line. From Ujala, Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat, all sections have been taken care.

The YCP govt has proved to be a govt deep in corruption. It is a govt of misgovernance and nepotism. There has been continuous and unabated attacks on the Hindu temples and the culprits have not been caught.

It is astonishing to note that state-sponsored conversions are going on continuously. The support for religious institutions are being provided by state government – which is unheard and against the basic ethos of the Constitution, which talks about secularism.

We will free the religious organizations and institutions from control of govt and will see to it that a board is constituted where religious leaders take over these institutions and see to it that independent development takes place.

Andhra Pradesh’s debts have reached Rs 4 lakh crore and it is being spent on freebies and unproductive work. We oppose this move and we will see to it that when we come to power, a progressive govt and good administration takes place.

You’ve seen the governments of TDP and YCP. The area has been ignored. But now, the BJP will bring a change in Andhra Pradesh in coming times.

I urge Govt of India to reopen Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of Vaisakhi: Harsimrat Badal

Opening of Kartarpur Corridor after years of prayers, was an auspicious moment for Sikh community.

Due to the pandemic, it was closed last year, but now that Visas are being granted for other holy places in Pakistan, I urge Govt of India to reopen the Corridor on the occasion of Vaisakhi.

Harsimrat Badal – Former Union Minister

ICLEI has an Indian VP for the first time! ; Atishi

I feel honoured to be appointed as Vice President of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – ICLEI – a global network of more than 1750 cities for sustainable development.

This is global recognition of work done by Arvind Kejriwal govt for sustainable development of Delhi, since ICLEI has an Indian VP for the first time!

Atishi – AAP leader

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Happiness depends only on your mind. When the mind is free of past impressions and future cravings, happiness is there: