Issue no 35, January 06, 2023
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Issue No. 35, January 6, 2023

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India will be healthier if at least 30% of the rice & wheat based diet is replaced with millets. It is with this vision of honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the upcoming year-long celebration of "International Year of Millets-2023"


PM addresses 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) via video conferencing

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) via video conferencing today. The focal theme of this year's ISC is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment” which will witness discussions on issues of sustainable development, women empowerment and the role of science & technology in achieving this. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister highlighted the role of India’s scientific strength in India’s story of development over the next 25 years. “When the spirit of national service gets infused in Science along with passion, results are unprecedented. I am sure, India’s scientific community will ensure a place for our country of which it was always deserving ”, he said.

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Live Telecast of 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD 2023) Celebrations

 The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is being organised from 8-10 January, 2023 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The theme of the 17th PBD is "Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India's Progress in Amrit Kaal". The PBD 2023 Convention will be telecast live. The details of programme are available at All interested Indian nationals, Persons of Indian Origin and Friends of India are kindly requested to access the link at:

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IYOM 2023 - Know your Millets

Ragi/Finger Millet

Ragi, scientifically called Eleusine coracana, is an annually cultivated cereal crop, vastly found in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia, such as in Ethiopia, India And Sri Lanka. Being densely packed with a host of nutrients, ragi confers valuable health benefits such as enhancing digestion, reducing the risk of heart disease, slowing down ageing and managing diabetes.The common English name of Ragi is finger millet, owing to the appearance of the head of the grain comprising five spikes and thus, resembling the five fingers attached to the palm of the hand. This variety of annual grass grows up to a height of 1 to 2 m, belonging to the Gramineae botanical family. Leaves measure between 30 and 70 cm, being narrow and green. The straight or sometimes curved branches hold seeds arranged in florets, which can be brown, red or purple in colour. Widely distributed across several states in India, its local names include “Ragi” in Kannada, Hindi and Telugu, “Nachni” in Marathi, “Madua” in Bengali and “Kezhvaragu” in Tamil.

Incredible India -Kanniyakumari


Blessed with beautiful temples, historical monuments, and serene beaches, the allure of this charming town will not let you go.

The southernmost tip of the Indian mainland - Kanniyakumari, is not just a meeting point of three water bodies but also an amalgamation of different cultures and traditions.

Check out the list of the best tourist attractions in Kanniyakumari that you must definitely visit. And add these to your itinerary as you plan your vacation to this stunning spot.

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