Saturday, 1 October 2016


NEW DELHI: Government today approved Rs 1,660 crore worth of highway projects in eight states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Assam. "The standing finance committee (SFC) today cleared eight projects worth Rs 1,659.96 crore for 454 km length for eight states," a road transport and highways ministry official said. Of the 8 projects 5 will be undertaken on the engineering,

Railways retain national athletics title

LUCKNOW: Defending champions Railways retained their overall title in the 56th National Open athletics championship on Friday. They finished with 274 points. Services, who won the men's championship, finished second with 187 points, while ONGC claimed the third spot with 84 points.With hot and humid conditions making it difficult for the track athletes, it was finally left to

Petra Kvitova beats Dominika Cibulkova to win Wuhan Open title

Petra Kvitova produced another sensational performance to beat Slovak 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova and win the Wuhan Open in China. The Czech, seeded 14th, won 6-1 6-1 in 63 minutes to claim her second Wuhan title and her first of the 2016 season. Kvitova had beaten world number one Angelique Kerber, Britain's Johanna Konta and fourth seed Simona Halep on her way to the final.

Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova lose in Wuhan Open final

Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova suffered a straight-set loss against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the summit clash of the WTA Wuhan Open, in Wuhan on Saturday. The third seeds lost 1-6 4-6 to the fifth seeded US-Czech pair of Mattek-Sands and Safarova in the finals of the USD 2,589,000 tournament that lasted a little over an hour. Mattek-Sands

Quantum computers a step closer to reality

Physicists have brought quantum computers - which could solve problems too complex for today's most advanced machines - a step closer to reality by successfully stopping light in a new experiment.Lead researcher Jesse Everett from Australian National University (ANU) said controlling the movement of light was critical to developing future quantum computers. "Optical

HM reviews national security, suggests 'high alert'

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews security situation in the aftermath of surgical strikes across the Line of Control; high security alert sounded in all states bordering Pakistan; security further tightened in vital security installations across the country.  Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly along the border with Pakistan in the wake of the

Sharks: Feared predator in need of protection

JOHANNESBURG: Sharks may elicit less sympathy than elephants or rhinos, but experts say the feared predators are under increasing pressure from unmanaged commercial fishing and desperately in need of further protection. Unregulated fishing and international trade in shark products for human consumption have led to a precipitous drop in numbers. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed

Giant dinosaur footprint discovered in Mongolia desert

TOKYO: One of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded has been unearthed in the Gobi Desert, researchers said on Friday, offering a fresh clue about the giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. A joint Mongolian-Japanese expedition found the giant print, which measures 106 centimetres (42 inches) long and 77 centimetres wide. One of several footprints discovered in the

European Union decides to ratify Paris climate deal; Climate deal will enter into force in November

NEW DELHI: Two days after the India's highest decision making body - Union Cabinet - gave its approval to the country's move to ratify the Paris Agreement, the ministers of 28 European countries too on Friday jointly approved the ratification of the global climate deal by the European Union (EU).The decision was reached at an extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels.

GST Council okays draft rules, agrees to refund mechanism for central and state tax holidays

NEW DELHI: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council approved draft rules for the proposed levy and agreed to a refund mechanism for central and state tax holidays that will continue under the new regime, marking further progress toward rolling out India’s biggest indirect tax reform by April 1next year. The GST Council will now meet for three days next month (October 18-20) to settle the

Govt approves Rs 1,660 crore highway projects across 8 states

NEW DELHI: Government today approved Rs 1,660 crore worth of highway projects in eight states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Assam. "The standing finance committee (SFC) today cleared eight projects worth Rs 1,659.96 crore for 454 km length for eight states," a road transport and highways ministry official said. Of the 8 projects 5 will be undertaken on the engineering,

Harvard hires Narvekar as endowment manager

Harvard has brought in a new manager from Columbia University to run its $36-billion endowment, the largest of any university. N P Narvekar, 54, was appointed president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the university stated on Thursday. He succeeds Stephen Blyth, who resigned in July, citing health reasons, after 18 months on the job. The announcement came a week after the

Airbus Group to merge with planemaking unit

Airbus Group said on Friday it would merge with its planemaking unit, strip out bureaucracy and simplify its brand, marking a break with its complex corporate roots as it prepares for tougher expected competition. Europe's largest aerospace group will be renamed "Airbus" after its core planemaking brand under the shake-up, the latest piece of corporate tinkering since it emerged from a

Kotak Mahindra Bank acquires BSS Microfinance

Kotak Mahindra Bank, the country’s fourth largest private sector lender, has acquired BSS Microfinance in an all-cash deal for Rs 139.2 crore. The bank said with this, it has entered the microfinance space that has been growing at a rapid pace. This acquisition will allow Kotak to tap the lower end of the customer base and will also help the bank in meeting the priority sector lending

Maharashtra to sign agreement to join UDAY scheme

Maharashtra, the home state of Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, has finally taken a decision to join the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The BJP led government in the state was initially prepared to join UDAY for operational benefits only and was not keen to include financial benefits. However, the state run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran) has sent a

Core sector growth up 3.2% in August

Growth in the eight core sectors rose by 3.2 % in August mainly due to key sectors like steel and fertilizers, which showed the highest growth. The output growth for July was revised down to 3% from 3.2% announced earlier, the data showed. Cement production grew 3.1% year-on-year in August, faster than a 1.4% rise in the previous month, while fertiliser output grew 5.7% compared

Fiscal deficit at 76.4% of BE in first five months of FY17

The Centre's fiscal deficit in the first five months touched 76.4 per cent of the Budget estimates for 2016-17, nearly 10 percentage points higher than 66.5 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous financial year. An encouraging factor was that the government's capital expenditure rose in August (year-on-year) but cumulatively it was still down due to a contraction in the first four

Income Declaration Scheme: Rs 65,000 cr and counting

The Capital’s tallest building, the 28-storey Civic Centre near the New Delhi Railway Station, is hardly a hub of action on a weekend night. But September 30 was not like any other Friday evening. It was the last day of the government’s Income Declaration Scheme (IDS). And hours before the midnight deadline, top officials in Mumbai and New Delhi confirmed that the response was

Sebi grants exemption to Centre to raise stake in IOB

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has granted exemption to Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) from a regulation under the Takeover Regulations, in order to issue 55,57,14,797 equity shares through preferential allotment to the Government of India to raise around Rs 1,551 crore. The proposed fund infusion is expected to increase the shareholding of Government of India in IOB with

Arundhati Bhattacharya gets a year's extension as SBI chief

Arundhati Bhattacharya, who took over as Chairperson and Managing Director of the State Bank of India, and was due to retire in early October, has been granted a year's extension. Bhattacharya, who took over as the first woman to head the country's largest bank and an India-based Fortune 500 company on October 7, 2013, had joined the bank in September 1977, as a probationary officer at age

Kotak Mahindra Bank acquires BSS Microfinance

Kotak Mahindra Bank, the country’s fourth largest private sector lender, has acquired BSS Microfinance in an all-cash deal for Rs 139.2 crore. The bank said with this, it has entered the microfinance space that has been growing at a rapid pace. This acquisition will allow Kotak to tap the lower end of the customer base and will also help the bank in meeting the priority sector lending

Entry tax on online orders illegal, rules Patna high court

NEW DELHI: In a major reprieve for e-trailers, the Patna High Court has held that levy of entry tax on online purchases is illegal and unconstitutional. It has quashed the notification issued by Bihar government in a first of its kind order on the issue. The high court said no tax can be levied on entry of goods into local areas if they are purchased on e-commerce portals for personal use or

A New Regional Political Party “Meeyamgi Thougalloi Manipur” (MTM) Formed In Manipur To Support People’s Movement

As the Manipur Legislative Assembly election 2017 going to be held in the early 2017, a new Regional political party called MEEYAMGI THOUGALLOI MANIPUR (MTM) has been formed and launched formally today at the complex of Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR). Speaking to the media persons, Chungkham Joyraj, Convernor of the adhoc Committee of

Chhotepur unveils flag of his new political outfit ‘Apna Punjab Party’

A day after formally quitting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Saturday unveiled the flag of his new political outfit, Apna Punjab Party at Chandigarh Press Club. Former AAP Punjab convener, Chhotepur was sacked last month following a ‘cash sting’.In his resignation letter, addressed to national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, he had said despite his hard

Spiritual leader Indirabetiji passes away

Vaishnavacharya Goswami Indirabetiji, a proponent of Sanatan Dharma known for her devotion to social causes, passed away here after suffering a heart attack. She was 78. Indirabetiji, lovingly known as Jiji, was a proponent of Hinduism and Pushtimarg–a path of devotion that practises unconditional, selfless love for Lord Krishna without seeking anything in return. She had suffered a

Socialist leader Yuvraj Singh passes away

Veteran socialist leader and former MP Yuvraj Singh today passed away at his residence in Katihar this morning after prolonged illness. He was 103. Singh breathed his last at his residence in Katihar town around 3.45 AM, family sources said.  He is survived by a son and two daughters. Singh represented Katihar in Lok Sabha twice in 1977 from Biju Lok Dal and in 1989 on Janata Dal ticket.

Eminent psychiatrist Ashok Pai dies at 69

SHIVAMOGGA: Noted psychiatrist, chairman of the state's mental health task force and award-winning film producer, Dr KA Ashok Pai, died of a massive heart attack in Scotland in the early hours of Friday. The 69-year-old was at an international conference with his wife Dr Rajani Pai. According to his family, Pai, who landed in Scotland three days ago, had a heart problem on

VCA becomes first BCCI member to adopt Lodha panel recommendations

The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) became the first full member of the BCCI to adopt the MoA and Rules and Regulations as recommended by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee. At a special General Meeting of the VCA on Friday at Nagpur, 730 members attended the meeting and 727 voted for the change. A press release from the VCA said: “The SGM was was

EU ministers approve ratification of Paris climate Agreement

The European Union (EU) ministers have approved the ratification of Paris Agreement (on Climate Change). This decision brings the Paris Agreement closer to entering into force. Once approved by the European Parliament, the EU deposit its ratification instrument before national ratification processes which are completed in each member state. As of now, only 5 EU nations have ratified the

OPEC agrees on modest oil production curbs

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached an agreement to cut oil production for the first time since 2008 after an informal meeting in Algiers, Algeria. It was decided that OPEC would reduce output to a range of 32.5 to 33.0 million barrels per day (bpd) from its current output at 33.24 million bpd. However, how much each country will or reduce its output will

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India Sanitation conference in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India Sanitation conference (INDOSAN) in New Delhi ahead of second anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission. PM Modi in his inaugural speech highlighted need of behavioural change to achieve the dream of Swachch Bharat and also need to ensure a dirt free India like Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha which was instrumental for the end of

Sports Sector Gets the Infrastructure Status

The Union Finance Ministry has decided that sports infrastructure will be included under the harmonised master list of infrastructure sub-sectors. Earlier, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs had moved the proposal for inclusion of sports in the list to address the issue of deficit of sports infrastructure in the country. Key Facts It will include sports stadia and infrastructure for

Pakistan announces postponement of 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad

Pakistan has postponed the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit after India and four other countries announced to boycott the Summit. The summit was schedule to be held on November 9th and 10th, 2016 in Islamabad, capital city of Pakistan. Besides, it was also announced that new set of dates for holding the summit at Islamabad will be announced

Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants: BSI

According to the recent publication released by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number flowering plants in the country. The publication titled Endemic Vascular Plants of India also revealed that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India are endemic to the country. Key Facts Of the total 18,259 flowering plants reported in the

Railways sets 33% sub-quota for women in catering units

The Indian Railways  introduced a sub-quota of 33 per cent for women in allotment of each of the reserved catering units and also launched a new ‘Train at a Glance’ and time table effective from October 1. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said: “The introduction of new policy providing sub-quota of 33 per cent to women in catering units is a step towards women empowerment and their

UK signs Hinkley Point nuclear deal with France, China

The UK signed the £18 billion (around ₹1.5 lakh crore) Hinkley Point C nuclear deal with France and China. The reactor is Britain’s first in decades and is being built by French utility firm EDF with one-third financial backing from China. The deal had been delayed over concerns over the involvement of Chinese state-owned companies.The no-frills event for the project in Hinkley,

Eden Gardens is the world’s 2nd largest cricket ground

Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, which is currently hosting India’s 250th home Test, is the second-largest cricket ground by capacity. The ground, with a capacity of 66,000, is only behind Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground which can seat almost 90,000 people. However, prior to Eden Gardens’ renovation in 2011, it was the largest cricket ground, with a capacity of around 1,20,000. The ground

Thailand to introduce disabled-friendly tourism routes

The Thai government plans to create eight routes through the country that will be completely accessible to visitors with disabilities.  Thailand’s Minister for Tourism and Sports, as she launched the initiative , at the United Nations’ World Tourism Day conference in Bangkok. The routes will cover each of Thailand’s eight major regions and will be designed for anyone who finds travel and

Lupin gets US FDA nod for generic Alzheimer’s drug

US health regulator to market its memantine hydrochloride extended-release capsules, used in treating Alzheimer’s disease. The company has received final approval for the product in strengths of 7 mg, 14 mg, 21 mg, and 28 mg from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The Mumbai-based company’s product is a generic version of Allergan’s Namenda XR capsules which

Naidu to honour Swacch Bharat film contest winners on Oct 2

Over 4,000 entries have been received by the National Film Development Council (NFDC) for the 'Swachh Bharat' short film festival and top 10 filmakers will get cash awards. The jury has selected 20 short films out of a total 4,346 entries, and of these 10 will get awards, an official statement said.The 'Swachh Bharat' short film festival was organised by the National Film Development

State lags behind national average in rice production

BHUBANESWAR: Between 2012 and '15, Odisha won national awards for excellence in foodgrain productions. But when it comes to producing rice, it has fallen behind the national average despite the area under paddy cultivation being more than other states. Over the last decade the all-India average of rice production stands at more than 2,000 kg/hectare (kg/ha). In the same period Odisha has


Veteran director-writer Sai Paranjpye, known for helming popular films like ‘Sparsh’ and ’Chashme Buddoor’, will be honoured with Indian Excellence in Cinema Award at the upcoming 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival. The 78-year-old Padma Bhushan awardee will be recognised for her valuable contribution to Indian cinema. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan

Arunachal Pradesh CM flags off all-women Mt Gorichen Expedition

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 29 September 2016 flagged off the all-women Mount Gorichen Expedition from his office premises in Itanagar. This will be the first all women team attempting to summit Mount Gorichen the second highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh. Its altitude is 6488 meter (21286ft) high above sea level. It belongs to the Himalaya Mountain Group

Friday, 30 September 2016


The Indian Air Force proudly celebrates its 84TH anniversary on 08 Oct 2016. A scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).  Rehearsals for the air display will commence from 01st October 2016 (Saturday).  The general area over which aircraft will be flying at low levels
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India lifts under-18 hockey title

India lifts Under 18 hockey tournament trophy; beat host Bangladesh 5-4 in the summit clash. On Thursday, India beat Pakistan 3-1 to enter the final. The Indians had dominated their opponents, taking the lead, as early as in the seventh minute, with a goal from Shivam Anand. Goals from

BRICS U-17 Football : PM unveils roll on Trophy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday unveiled the Roll On Trophy for BRICS U-17 Football Tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from October 5 to October 15. In his address, the Prime Minister reiterated the Nation’s commitment to ‘Sports for All’ and ‘Khelo India’ and taking football to every corner of the country. He emphasised that the youth being the leaders of the future, their

Cauvery row: SC comes down heavily on Karnataka

Supreme Court comes down heavily on Karnataka Government for flouting directions on release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu; says Karnataka bound to comply despite passing resolution in the assembly; SC again orders release of 6000 cusecs water per day from October 1st to 6th to Tamil Nadu. Supreme Court on Friday pulled up Karnataka for its defiant stand in the Cauvery water

Dengue deaths: Supreme Court raps Delhi govt

Supreme Court raps Delhi government for not being able to contain the menace of Dengue and Chikungunya; says we can't leave Delhi's public like this; the Apex Court asks Government to file names of officers who are not following orders. Supreme Court on Friday rapped the Delhi government for not being able to contain the menace of Dengue and Chikungunya. The apex court

Advantage Healthcare India (AHCI 2016)

After the very successful launch of the inaugural edition last year, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India is now organizing the second edition of ‘Advantage Health Care India 2016 (AHCI 2016)’, an International Summit on Medical Value Travel with the aim of ‘Promoting Healthcare Services Exports from India’, scheduled from 3 - 5 October, 2016 at India Expo Centre &

India's relations with Africa not a transactional partnership: Vice President

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that India's relations with Africa was not a transactional partnership. Emphasizing the long history of relations from the time of common struggles against colonialism, he said that India is not merely returning to Africa what was earlier robbed from it. He was addressing the Mali National Assembly in Bamako, Mali, today. The Speaker

Rashtrapati Bhavan museum complex to host art exhibition of Rouble Nagi from October 2, 2016

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex will host an Art Exhibition of eminent artist and sculptor Ms. Rouble Nagi from October 2 to 10, 2016 in its Art Gallery. The Exhibition titled “Flamenco” will include recently created sculptures and paintings. The Art Gallery will be open from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM from October 3 to 10, 2016. On the opening day, it will be open from 4.00 to 8.30 PM.

PM, CMs, Ministers sign Declaration of Commitment to make Swachh Bharat by 2019

Swachh Bharat movement the largest ever mass mobilization in the country, says Shri Venkaiah Naidu.After a slow start, Swachh Bharat Mission picked up momentum and on course-Minister. 405 cities, 20000 urban wards become Open Defecation Free.11 institutions felicitated with Best Swachh Awards.Top leadership of the country including the Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers

Schemes pertaining to Food processing Industries in Rajasthan

Secretary, FPI Mr Avinash K Srivastava visited Jaipur and Ajmer on 29.9.16. He had meeting with the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan wherein Commissioner Industries, Additional Director Industries, SPV/promoters of M/s Greentech Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. , representatives of Programme Management Agency (Grant Thornton India LLP) and PMC (IL&FS) were also present.

84TH Air Force Day: Air Display

The Indian Air Force proudly celebrates its 84TH anniversary on 08 Oct 2016. A scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).  Rehearsals for the air display will commence from 01st October 2016 (Saturday).  The general area over which aircraft will be flying at low levels

India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue Toronto, Canada

The third India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue was held on 29-09-2016 between the Commerce and Industry Minister Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman and the Trade Minister of Canada Ms Chrystia Freeland at Toronto. The discussion covered outstanding trade and investment related issues and among other things, focussed on expanding bilateral trade, having more B 2 B interface with

PM delivers inaugural address at INDOSAN – India Sanitation Conference

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at INDOSAN – the India Sanitation Conference – in New Delhi today.  He said that while no one likes dirt or dirty surroundings, the habit of cleanliness takes some effort to develop. He said children are increasingly conscious about issues regarding cleanliness. This shows that the Swachhta Abhiyan is touching

Infosys launches e-commerce platform Skava Commerce

Infosys on 28 September 2016 launched Skava Commerce, a modern, mobile-first and modular e-commerce platform that delivers engaging omni-channel experiences. Skava is a Silicon Valley based e-commerce startup which was acquired by Infosys.  

R Subramania Kumar appointed Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank

The Union Government on 29 September 2016 appointed R Subramania Kumar as Executive Director (ED) of state-owned Indian Overseas Bank.Kumar is currently serving as the Executive Director of Indian Bank. About Indian Overseas Bank: Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) is a major public sector bank based in Chennai.  It has about 3700 domestic branches, including 1150 branches in

Telugu writer Prof Kalakaluri Enoch conferred 29th Moortidevi Award

Noted Telugu writer Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch was on 29 September 2016 conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015 at function in New Delhi. The award was given for his novel Ananta Jeevanam. The novel was thought-provoking and contemplative as it depicted the struggle of the weak, the downtrodden and the common man of Rayalaseema. This is the first time a

Shakti Sinha appointed as Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Retired IAS officer Shakti Sinha was on 29 September 2016 appointed as the Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML). His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Sinha, who served in the Prime Minister's Office during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, was also Director in India Foundation, a think tank aligned to the RSS. The

Mamata declares Hooghly and North 24 parganas as ODF district

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today declared Hooghly as an open-defecation free (ODF) district. The North 24 parganas was also declared as an ODF district. Nadia was declared as the country's first ODF district on April 30, 2015. The state panchayat and rural development department has taken steps to make all the districts in Bengal open-defecation free by March 2019.

West Bengal government decides to install Monorail

West Bengal government has decided to install monorail from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas to Ruby Connector in Kolkata. This was informed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 29 September 2016.  The 14-kilometre-long monorail route will connect Budge Budge to Ruby via Taratala, New Alipore and Prince Anwar Shah Road and will come up at a cost of 4216 crore rupees. This new

International Translation Day observed across the world

30 September: International Translation Day. The International Translation Day was on 30 September 2016 observed across the world with the theme Translation and Interpreting: Connecting Worlds. This is the annual event for the translation community and event is marked with a series of dedicated events, seminars and symposiums across the world.

18th World Congress of Criminology

The 18th edition of World Congress of Criminology would be held in India this year in Sonipat of Haryana. O P Jindal Global University (JGU) would be holding the three-day Congress in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology (ISC) from December 15-19 in its campus in Sonipat. The theme of the summit, organised by Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences

India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue

The third India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue was held on 29-09-2016 between the Commerce and Industry Minister Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman and the Trade Minister of Canada Ms Chrystia Freeland at Toronto. The discussion covered outstanding trade and investment related issues and among other things, focussed on expanding bilateral trade, having more B 2 B interface with

New National Record in Javelin Throw

Javelin thrower Annu Rani breaks her own national record and became the first Indian woman to cross the 60m mark in 56th Open National Athletics Championships at Lucknow. Annu threw the javelin to a distance of 60.01m to erase her own earlier national mark of 59.87m which she made in July during the National Inter-State Championships in Hyderabad. 24-year-old Annu was

INS Gets New President and Members

Somesh Sharma of Rashtradoot Saptahik is elected President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2016-17.Sharma succeeds P.V. Chandran of Grihalakshmi (Mathrubhumi Group). Akila Urankar (Business Standard) is the new Deputy President, K. Balaji (The Hindu Weekly) the Vice President and Sharad Saxena (Hindustan Times) the Honorary Treasurer.  V. Shankaran is the Secretary General

Small savings schemes interest rate cut by 0.1%

 NEW DELHI: Rate of interest on small savings schemes have been cut marginally by 0.1%. The popular National Savings Certificate and Public Provident Fund (PPF) will see their interest rates come down to 8.0% in October-December quarter from 8.1% in April-Jul quarter. Interest rates for small savings schemes are reset every quarter now. The Kisan Vikas Patra will now pay out 7.7%

India may host investors' summit to attract funds for Chabahar

NEW DELHI: A major economic summit will likely be held in India within the next two months to attract investment from across the globe for the strategic Chabahar port in Iran which would give India access to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan, Afghan Ambassador to New Delhi said today.Referring to the meeting between Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin

India's 'biggest' spectrum auction starts on Saturday

NEW DELHI: India's biggest auction of telecom spectrum kicks off on Saturday with seven operators in fray for a total of 2,354.55 MHz across seven bands, towards which a reserve price of Rs 5.66 lakh crore ($85 billion) has been fixed by the government. The companies that have qualified for the auction are Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Reliance Communications, Idea

Now Sri Lanka expresses unwillingness to attend Saarc summit

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka on Friday expressed its unwillingness to attend the upcoming Saarc Summit in Islamabad, saying the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, in a statement, said that the Saarc Charter requires that decisions at all levels are taken on the basis of unanimity, and this applies to the

Supreme Court cancels Mohammad Shahabuddin's bail, will return to jail

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin back to jail as it set aside the Patna High Court order granting him bail in the Rajiv Roshan murder case. A bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy said that Shahabuddin would be taken into custody forthwith. "The State will take all consequential steps to take him into custody

April-August fiscal deficit reaches 76.4% of FY17 target

NEW DELHI: India's fiscal deficit during the five months to August was Rs 4.08 lakh crore ($61.3 billion) or 76.4 per cent of the budgeted target for the fiscal year ending in March 2017, government data showed on Friday.The deficit is usually higher in initial months as major revenues, including income tax and dividends from state companies, are mostly received towards the end of a financial

India may deploy nuclear-capable Rafale jets on China, Pakistan borders: Reports

BEIJING: China apprehends that India will deploy the 36 nuclear-capable Rafale fighter jets to be acquired from France in the border regions of China and Pakistan to enhance its deterrence capability, a media report here said. India will deploy the new French-made fighters in the disputed areas bordering Pakistan and China, state-run Global Times reported quoting Shenzhen Television. A

ISRO's Cartosat 2C Satellite: The Key To India's Surgical Strike

On Thursday, the Indian army carried out what it termed as a "surgical strike" on terror camps located across the Line-of Control in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (POK). According to a report in the Times of India, ground images for this operation were provided by the recently launched Cartosat 2C satellite. Cartosat 2C was made in Ahmedabad and launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at

India has 2nd highest deaths due to air pollution: WHO

India is the second deadliest country for outdoor air pollution in the world, with 6,21,138 deaths happening due to air pollution in the country in 2012, according to the World Health Organisation. Also, India averages at 49 deaths per 1,00,000 capita due to air pollution. Notably, China tops the WHO list with 10,32,833 deaths recorded due to air pollution. it reveals that of the worst three

NTPC’s Green Masala Bonds listed at Singapore Exchange

State-owned NTPC announced the listing of its Rs 2,000 crore Green Masala Bonds on the Singapore Stock Exchange. NTPC has become the flag bearer for Rupee denominated Indian paper bringing in a new set of investors to meet the financing needs of the Indian Infrastructure sector on listing of Rs 2000 Crore Green Masala Bonds at Singapore Stock Exchange.  NTPC Director (Finance) K Biswal

Subroto Cup Boys U-14: Bangladesh win the tournament beating Chandigarh 4-2 on penalties

Bangladesh’s Krida Siksha Protisthan won their first ever Subroto Cup title as they defeated Chandigarh’s Government Model School in the penalty shootout by a margin of 4-2 after the game finished goalless after extra time. This meant that the Bangladesh side lifted the Under-14 Boys title at the 57th Subroto Cup International Football Tournament trophy at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium in

Nitish govt's anti-liquor policy is illegal: Patna high court

NEW DELHI: Patna high court on Friday struck down Nitish+ government's Anti-liquor Act,  deeming it 'illegal'. The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Bill-2016 had strict provisions like arrest of all adult members of a family in the event of liquor bottle being found in a house. State's Governor Ram Nath Kovind had earlier given his assent+ to the Bill after more than a month of its passage from both

PM unveils trophy for BRICS U-17 football meet

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled the trophy for BRICS U-17 football tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from October 5 to 15. In his address, the Prime Minister reiterated the Nation's commitment to 'sports for all' and 'khelo India' and taking football to every corner of the country. Wishing the tournament a grand success, the Prime Minister said that he

India beat Pakistan to enter U-18 Asia Cup hockey final

DHAKA: India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 to storm into the summit clash of the fourth men's Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament on Thursday. India took the lead in the seventh minute through Shivam Anand's strike. It was the Indians who were more clinical in front of the goal, as three minutes from half time they doubled their lead through a penalty corner conversion by Dilpreet

Lalu Yadav's Partyman Shahabuddin Surrenders After Supreme Court Cancels His Bail

NEW DELHI:  Mohammad Shahabuddin, a controversial politician of Lalu Yadav's party in Bihar, surrendered after three weeks of freedom after the Supreme Court today cancelled his bail. "Take him into custody immediately," the court told the Bihar government. A man whose three sons were allegedly killed on Mr Shahabuddin's orders had petitioned against his release on bail. A former

Defence Acquisition Council clears proposals worth Rs 1,900 crore

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared proposals worth 1,900 crore rupees (close to $3 billion). All these approved proposals will be executed under ‘Buy India’ by Indian contractors. Decision in this regard was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi. Proposals cleared by DAC are Weapons repair facility at Port Blair at a cost of

Renowned Bangla writer Syed Shamsul Haq passes away

Syed Shamsul Haq, one of Bangladesh’s best known writers passed away 27 September 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was 81 and was suffering from lung cancer. Mr. Haq’s literary life and career spread across genres and was known for equal mastery over novels, poetry, essays and plays. He was also vocal against religious fundamentalism. About Syed Shamsul Haq He was Born on 27 December

Telugu writer Kalakaluri Enoch conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith

Noted Dalit voice, poet and Telugu writer Prof.Kalakaluri Enoch was conferred with the prestigious Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015. The prestigious literary award was bestowed upon him for his novel Anantajivanam by Veteren art historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayana function in New Delhi. His novel Ananta Jeevanam depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak

After India 3 nations pull out of SAARC meet in pakistan

India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan on the issue of terrorism got a boost on Wednesday with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also deciding to skip the Saarc Summit in Islamabad in November, setting the stage for the postponement of the meet. In a synchronised effort, India and the three other countries informed the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC)

Myntra appoints Dipanjan Basu as Chief Financial Officer

Online fashion portal Myntra on 29 September 2016 announced the appointment of Dipanjan Basu as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Basu’s appointment will be effective from 17 October 2016.  Who is Dipanjan Basu?  Previously, Dipanjan Basu served as the Chief Finance & Operating Officer for Wipro’s Digital & Consulting Business where he was responsible in building and setting up new

Union Government decides to raise EPFO Investment in ETF from 5 to 10 per cent

The Union Government on 30 September 2016 decided to raise the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) investment in Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) from existing 5 per cent to 10 per cent. The decision has been taken considering the good returns in ETF investment.  An official release said, in the last one year, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has invested 6577 crore rupees. The

Union Government notifies constitution of Monetary Policy Committee

The Union Government on 29 September 2016 notified the constitution of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (RBI Act) has been amended by the Finance Act, 2016,  to provide for a statutory and institutionalised framework for a Monetary Policy Committee, for maintaining price stability. As per the provisions of the RBI Act, out of the six

Thursday, 29 September 2016


The World Maritime Day is observed across the world on 29 September to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. Several events are organised to mark this day by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), member Governments, maritime industry etc. 2016 Theme: “Shipping: indispensable to the world”. The theme focuses on the critical

India to invest $2 billion in Sri Lanka

India is going to invest 2 billion dollars in Sri Lanka in the next three-four years. It was announced by Union Minister for State (MoS) Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to Sri Lanka. She had visited Sri Lanka for talks on the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) to discuss the terms of the agreement. About Economic and Technological

29 September: World Maritime Day

The World Maritime Day is observed across the world on 29 September to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. Several events are organised to mark this day by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), member Governments, maritime industry etc. 2016 Theme: “Shipping: indispensable to the world”. The theme focuses on the critical

World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

The world’s first baby was born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people. The baby was born in Mexico. The baby was born on 6 April 2016 after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where they were cared for by US fertility specialists. The baby was born using the new and controversial technology, called mitochondrial donation, which incorporates DNA from three

Abbott India Gets New MD

Pharma company Abbott India appointed Ambati Venu its new managing director for a term of 5 years effective September 29, 2016. In February this year, Abbott India announced resignation of its managing director Rehan A Khan. 

DFCCIL Signs MoU with Railways

The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation and the railways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fix the target for various projects during 2016-2017. Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), a government enterprise under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways, is at present carrying out construction of 3,342km eastern and

Jordan King Forms New Government

Jordan’s King Abdullah has formed a new government headed by Hani Mulki as prime minister for a second term. Mulki was first appointed last May to oversee the parliamentary elections. He was reappointed now and tasked with reviving a sluggish economy and business sentiment hit by regional turmoil by overseeing a new International Monetary Fund-guided programme that started this year. In

IOC Reprimanded Three Boxers

Three boxers have been reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for betting on boxing bouts during the 2016 Rio Olympics.The three boxers involved are Michael John Conlan, Steve Gerard Donnelly, and Antony Fowler. All three athletes have been issued severe reprimands

International Day of Older Persons

International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st of October every year pursuant to the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly to observe the year 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons with the theme, “a society for all ages”. The 2016 United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) will take a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging

Islamabad SAARC Summit Postponed

SAARC Summit which was going to be held in Islamabad in Pakistan, has been postponed as four countries out of eight member grouping deciding to boycott the meet. Apart from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have pulled out of the Summit scheduled to be held in November, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not conducive for the successful holding of

PM Ujjwala Yojana Launched in J&K

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in Srinagar for the state of Jammu & Kashmir by Chief Minister of J&K, Ms Mehbooba Mufti along with Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. This marks another step in the direction of providing LPG connections to 5 crore families who are Below Poverty Line (BPL).