President Pratibha Patil awarded prestigious `Standards` to 44 Squadron and 110 Helicopter Unit of the IAF in recognition of their sustained hard work and "operational excellence" during
the times of war and peace.
Parliament on Thursday passed a bill
which seeks to give more powers to the National Commission for
Minorities Educational Institutions (NCMEI) and makes it
easier for minority-run bodies to get recognition.
The Union Health Ministry will
have no say in granting recognition to medical colleges as
absolute powers have been given in this regard to a six-member
panel which replaced the defunct Medical Council of India.
A convention of around 1,500 `dais` (midwives) from 15 districts of Gujarat has sought recognition of their work with a small monetary incentive to further reduce maternal and child mortality in the state.