In NOT in NEWS, we try to bring to you news items that detail some of the most positive developments of the previous week. These news items are just shown in some article online and are never given the importance that they deserve. While media runs debates on useless topics, all positive news items are forgotten as they are not good for TRP. Forgotten by all, but by us.
Here is the Not in News for last week. This edition contains news items from 27th July to 2nd August. Do give us your feedback.
1) India wins patent war on hair loss formula
India scored an important success when it fully protected its traditional knowledge by stalling a leading UK-based laboratory’s move to patent a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. The move comes just days after India foiled a similar attempt by US-based consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive from patenting a mouthwash formula containing herbal extracts.
2) Indian, Chinese army officials hold first ever meeting in Ladakh
For the first time ever, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Saturday hosted an Indian Army delegation in the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The day marked a milestone in India-China ties at the border-troops level as the PLA hosted an Indian Army delegation for the first time in the area of Daulat Beg Oldie, a defence spokesman said.
3) Petrol Price Cut by Rs 2.43/Litre, Diesel Cut by Rs 3.60/Litre
Petrol price was on Friday lowered by Rs 2.43 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.60 per litre, the third reduction in rates this month, with effect from the midnight of July 31 and August 1.
Petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 64.47 per litre from Saturday instead of Rs 66.90 until Friday, while a litre of diesel will cost Rs 46.12 as against Rs 49.72 earlier, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said in a statement.
4) Pakistan releases 163 Indian fishermen
Pakistan today released 163 Indian fishermen, including three minors, from two jails here as a goodwill gesture following a recent understanding between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia. The fishermen freed from the Landhi and Malir jails here includes an 11-year-old boy, a Sindh government official said. The fishermen will travel to Lahore from Cantt station in Karachi and will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border tomorrow, the official said.
5) Government to discontinue postal stamps on Indira and Rajiv Gandhi
In a move that is bound create fresh political controversy, the government has decided to discontinue stamps dedicated to Congress party icons like former Prime Ministers Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. The government has instead prepared a list of 22 personalities who will now appear on the postal stamps.
Indian icons associated with RSS and its affiliated groups figure prominently in the list. Bhartiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, RSS ideologue and freedom fighter Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Maratha icon Chatrapati Shivaji are among those who will now be seen on postal stamps.
India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, musicians Ravi Shankar and Bismillah Khan also appear on the list.
6) Government announces highway projects worth $93 billion to woo investors
Projecting the country’s highways sector as a “unique opportunity” for investments, government has rolled out projects worth $93 billion, including the $45 billion flagship road building programme NHDP.
Investment opportunities include “new models being rolled out both for greenfield (hybrid annuity) and brownfield projects (monetisation),” according to the Road Transport and Highways Ministry which has come out with a list of such projects.
7) Govt starts proposal for building 4 rail lines along China border
Government today said it has initiated the proposal for construction of 1,352 km long four strategic railway lines along the China border.
The Defence Ministry has identified four strategic lines along India-China border — Missamari-Tenga-Tawang (378 km), Bilaspur-Manali-Leh (498 km), Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai (227 km) and North Lakhimpur-Bame-Silapathar (249 km), Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
8) Make in India: General Motors to invest $1 billion in India, double market share by 2020
General Motors Co will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said on Wednesday.
The investment is part of GM’s plan to invest $5 billion over several years to develop a global family of Chevrolet vehicles with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp ( SAIC), the state-owned Chinese automaker that is GM’s primary partner in China.