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Mumbai: Out of almost nowhere, the government has created a new market of Rs 17,000-18,000 crore with its new crop insurance scheme. This segment will be almost twice the size of the fire insurance business of non-life companies, which includes premium from covering buildings, factories, houses and shops. Until last year, crop insurance was a business that generated less than Rs 5,000 crore of premium and most of it was
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Crop cover scheme to be Rs 18k-crore business

Mumbai: Out of almost nowhere, the government has created a new market of Rs 17,000-18,000 crore with its new crop insurance scheme. This segment will be almost twice the size of the fire insurance business of non-life companies, which includes premium from covering buildings, factories, houses and shops. Until last year, crop insurance was a business that generated less than Rs 5,000 crore of premium and most of it was

HDFC plans second series of masala bonds

MUMBAI: Housing Development Finance Corp. (HDFC) has developed a taste for masala bonds. Weeks after India's largest mortgage lender sold out its first issuance of rupee-denominated debt to overseas buyers, it's planning to raise another Rs 2,000 crore through the same route, underscoring a trend that's gaining momentum. HDFC's masala bond sale last month was the first by an Indian company. The home loan

Supreme Court slams Kejriwal government, orders radio trackers for trucks entering city

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court came down on the Kejriwal government on Monday for dragging its feet on installing radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) at 13 main entry points to Delhi and advised it to be "progressive" and not "obstructionist". Amicus curiae Harish Salve and Aparajita Singh informed a bench of CJI T S Thakur and Justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi that the proposal to install RFIDs was approved

Assam goes on celebrity hunt to promote tourism

GUWAHATI: The BJP led government in Assam has begun the haunt for engaging brand ambassador for promoting state tourism. The government is in talks with batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, actress Deepika Padukhone and Priyanka Chopra to promote to the new brand entity, "Awesome Assam". Assam tourism minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "We are talking to Sachin, Ranbir,

West Bengal seeks geographical indication tag for handicrafts

KOLKATA: The West Bengal State Council of Science and Technology is seeking GI recognition for various handicrafts which are unique in character and have the potential to be marketed nationally and internationally. Officials of the state patent office, in co-ordination with the department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have recently applied for GI tags for seven indigenous handicraft products of

Government may offer foreign auditors direct access in India

MUMBAI: In a move that signals the government's intent to allow foreign audit firms to register and operate directly in the Indian market, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has written to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to seek its views and recommendations on the government proposal. Currently, Indian laws don't allow any multinational accounting firm to be registered in India as auditors. The thinking

Government wants Railways, banks to cut transaction cost on cards

NEW DELHI: After Air India, the government now wants the Railways to lower transaction charge for online reservations and is also urging banks to cut charges as it seeks to reduce the usage of cash and promote use of plastic money. Reducing the use of cash has been identified as a key priority of the government as it seeks to put curbs on black money. Several steps have already been initiated, which were

Government to allow bundling of national highway projects

NEW DELHI: The government will allow bundling of public funded national highway projects that can be monestised by leasing out to private players for toll collection for a period of 30 years. The portfolio of government funded operational highways projects would be prepared on the basis of geographical proximity that would be leased out to institutional investors under toll operate transfer (TOT) model. Under the policy,

Daiichi case: Ex-Ranbaxy promoters say Singapore tribunal award can’t be enforced in India

NEW DELHI: Former Ranbaxy promoters Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, facing a Rs 2,562-crore penalty, told Delhi High Court that the Singapore tribunal's arbitration award to Daiichi Sankyo can't be enforced under Indian law. The Singh brothers were accused of concealing information regarding wrongdoing at Ranbaxy when they sold a majority stake in it to the Japanese firm in 2008. Daiichi Sankyo

US security assistance to Pakistan declines by 73%

WASHINGTON: US security assistance to Pakistan declined by 73 per cent since 2011, Congressional Research Service (CRS) report said. The report, prepared for the US Congress, covers both military and economic assistance given between 2002 and 2015 as well as those earmarked for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Dawn online reported on Tuesday. It also showed a 53 per cent decrease in economic assistance

A giant awakens: Aberdeen bats for Narendra Modi's India

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reforms programme has been strongly endorsed by Aberdeen Asset Management, one of the world's biggest money managers. In a detailed report on the country titled 'India: The Giant Awakens', the asset manager has praised the Modi government for its continuous reform measures and added that he has done 'admirably well thus far'. "A common perception in

President of India inaugurates CII-IIEST conference

President of India inaugurates CII-IIEST conference on “Enabling Make in India through Industry Academia Innovation Platform”  The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a CII-IIEST Conference on the theme of “Enabling Make in India through Industry Academia Innovation Platform” in Kolkata, West Bengal today (August 22, 2016).  Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India’s external sector

Author Perumal Murugan Ends Literary Exile With 200 New Poems

 Famous Tamil author Perumal Murugan ended his self-imposed literary exile of 19 months on Monday with the publication of a new book -- "A Coward's Song", a collection of 200 poems. Hounded by caste-based groups following the publication of his Tamil novel "Madhorubagan" (One Part Woman), Professor Murugan had declared on Facebook that he was dead. "As an ordinary teacher, he will live as P Murugan. Leave him

Smallpox epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson dies at 87

American epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson — leader of the international campaign against smallpox in the 1980s — has passed away at age 87 due to complications from a hip fracture. D.A. will forever be known for his work as a “disease detective,” which led to the eradication of smallpox more than 30 years ago. This achievement was the only such vanquishment of a human disease in history, consequently saving

High Court says ‘no’ to allow BJP MLA to attend Delhi assembly session

Delhi High Court on Monday refrained from passing any interim direction to allow BJP MLA O P Sharma to attend the Delhi assembly session which commenced on Monday. Sharma was suspended from the assembly on March 31 for two sessions for allegedly making derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.
“Let me sit in the assembly during the session. I will not even open my mouth,” Sharma’s lawyer told Justice

CAS tears Narsingh Yadav defence, NADA’s credibility

THE ruling by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) that led to a four-year ban on Narsingh Yadav on doping charges is a stinging indictment of the manner in which a hearing panel set up by India’s National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) cleared the wrestler for the Olympic Games in Rio by accepting his contention that he was a victim of “sabotage”. The detailed report of the CAS hearing, made public on Monday, concluded

Efforts of Centre, UP to clean Ganga have had 'zero' results: NGT

NEW DELHI: The efforts by the Centre and Uttar Pradesh to clean the Ganga have borne "zero" result, the National Green Tribunal said on Friday, as it pulled them up and sought reports on the discharge of industrial waste in the river between Haridwar and Kanpur. The green panel came down heavily on the Ministries of Environment and Forests, Water Resources, Central Pollution Control Board and other authorities for not

Centre proposes stricter laws to stop wildlife trade

NEW DELHI: Seeking to provide more teeth to the existing wildlife protection law, the Centre is looking for an option to introduce clauses of stricter punishment and to change the law to bring it in sync with international conventions which target the trade in endangered species. One of the proposals is to increase the penalties from existing Rs 500-Rs 25,000 to Rs 5,000-Rs 50 lakh for different violations under the

Over 400 flights grounded as typhoon hits near Tokyo

A strong typhoon stuck near Tokyo on Monday. Heavy rain and winds grounded more than 400 flights as officials warned of landslides and flooding. yphoon Mindulle made landfall in Tateyama city.  The storm was packing gusts up to 180 kilometres per hour and heading north at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour.

Former BSP MP Brajesh Pathak joins BJP

In a yet another pre-poll shocker anda major embarrasement to BSP Supremo Mayawati senior leader Brijesh Pathak has dumped the BSP ship and joined BJP as the crucial state continues to be politically surcharged with election round the corner. Pathak cited "corruption and anarchy" in BSP as reasons for his

EC issues notification regarding recognition of parties

The Election Commission has issued a notification regarding amendment to rules regarding recognition of parties as national or state party. This change in rules will ensure that national or state party status earned by a parties in one election will continue after next general election even if they failed to meet the required criteria, which means the review of the status will take place every two consecutive Lok Sabha or assembly

Monday, 22 August 2016

India, US to sign key logistics agreement

NEW DELHI: India and the US are likely to sign a key logisitics agreement later this month which will enable both the countries to use each other's assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. The agreement called the 'Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement' (LEMOA) is likely to be signed during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to the US, starting August 29. The agreement was

Delhi Poised to get New Air Force Aerospace Museum

Delhi will soon have a sprawling new Aerospace Museum close to the international airport focused mainly on Nation’s rich aviation history. New Aerospace Museum is not only meant to preserve the glorious tradition of the IAF but also to create awareness in general public about India’s rich Aerospace heritage. The IAF believes that the Museum would be a popular tourist attraction and a landmark in India’s capital city. A

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurates Wi-Fi Services at 8 Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations

Continuing with its exercise of providing High speed WiFi services at Railway Stations, Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Wi Fi services at 8 Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations in Maharashtra viz., Churchgate, Bandra, Bandra Terminus, Dadar Western Railway, Dadar Central Railway, Khar Road, Kalyan and Lokmanya Tilak, today i.e. 22 nd August 2016. The Wi-Fi facility for the visitors &

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to sign agreement with bankers for External Commercial Borrowing

Port projects, including connectivity projects, are critical to developing cargo handling capacity at Ports. With the thrust on port led development under the Sagarmala program, improving viability of projects is critical. One of the primary factors that impacts viability is the interest rate on borrowings to fund projects. Ports have surplus funds, but to achieve a quantum jump in the investment, borrowings would also have to be

Resolution to Kashmir unrest needs to be political, not through judiciary: SC

Amid the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir that has claimed at least 66 lives, the Supreme Court on Monday said that the ongoing trouble in the Valley should be "dealt with politically" and everything cannot be managed within judicial parameters.  "This issue has various dimensions and therefore should be dealt politically and moreover, everything cannot be managed within the judicial parameters," a bench headed by Chief Justice T

Syria war: Russian raids from Iran base 'over for now'

Iran has said Russia is no longer using one of its air bases to launch strikes on targets in Syria, but the US said it is unclear whether Russia's use of the base has actually stopped. "It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now," Bahram Ghasemi, spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, told reporters in Tehran on Monday. Ghasemi left open the possibility of Russia utilising the Hamedan base in the future, saying it would

Users may get 3 years in jail for viewing torrent site, blocked URL in India

Call it the new Digital India. The Indian government, with the help of internet service providers, and presumably under directives of court, has banned thousands of websites and URLs in the last five odd years. But until now if you somehow visited these "blocked URLs" all was fine. However, now if you try to visit such URLs and view the information, you may get three-year jail sentence as well as invite a fine of Rs 3

To clamp down on black money, government set to ban cash transactions over Rs 3 lakh

NEW DELHI: The government is set to ban cash transactions over Rs 3 lakh as it seeks to clamp down on black money in the economy following recommendations from the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team. The government, however, is yet to decide on the SIT's other proposal to bar cash holdings over Rs 15 lakh due to opposition from trade and industry, sources told TOI. "There are concerns

No legal requirement for insisting upon father’s name in passport, rules Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court has ruled that passport authorities cannot insist upon mentioning the name of an applicant’s father in the travel document. "There is no legal requirement for insisting upon the father's name in the passport," Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva observed yesterday while referring to an earlier judgement passed by the court in May this year. The court said this while dealing with a petition filed by a youth, whose request

Himachal Pradesh's Palampur becomes first town entirely covered with free Wi-Fi

Himachal Pradesh's Palampur on Monday became the first town in the State to be entirely covered with free Wi-Fi facility after Chief minister Virbhadra Singh launched the service from capital Shimla. Mr Singh said as many as 51 sites of Wi-Fi were set up at different places to fully cover the town with the facility provided by Reliance-Jio. He said the government would provide Wi-Fi facility in all government colleges of the state in

Himachal Pradesh's Palampur becomes first town entirely covered with free Wi-Fi

Himachal Pradesh's Palampur on Monday became the first town in the State to be entirely covered with free Wi-Fi facility after Chief minister Virbhadra Singh launched the service from capital Shimla. Mr Singh said as many as 51 sites of Wi-Fi were set up at different places to fully cover the town with the facility provided by Reliance-Jio. He said the government would provide Wi-Fi facility in all government colleges of the state in

West Bengal government to introduce community radios in rural areas for farmers

KOLKATA: West Bengal government is all set to introduce community radios in rural areas to help farmers to get all sorts of updated "area specific" information related to agriculture. The government has decided to identify four to five zones initially and community radio stations. Later on, the service will be introduced across the state. To begin with, two community radios of different frequencies will be aired in two different

Government expects Urjit Patel to keep inflation-growth balance

NEW DELHI: Ministers and top bureaucrats expect Reserve Bank of India governor-designate Urjit Patel to "rise to the occasion" and use his experience of handling monetary policy at the central bank to maintain a balance between inflation and growth. Patel, who is currently deputy governor at the RBI, will take over the top job when incumbent Raghuram Rajan demits office on September 4 after completing his three-year term.

Inability to regulate drug prices: Parliamentary committee blames pharma dept’s ‘lackadaisical attitude’

‘Gross negligence’, ‘lackadaisical attitude’, ‘vested interests’, these are some of the terms used by a Parliamentary Committee for the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) on the latter’s inability to regulate the prices of patented medicines even after nine years of deliberation on the same. The scathing indictment of the DoP, which functions under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in the report submitted by the

Operation Anantha: High-level committee meet today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ahead of rolling out the second phase of the flood mitigation drive 'Operation Anantha,' a meeting of the high-level committee appointed to evaluate Phase I will be held here on Tuesday. The new district collector S Venkatesapathi has instructed the high-level committee to submit its report promptly for which a comprehensive review of the first phase was essential. Tuesday's meeting will be

Vibrant Gujarat summit hopes to brand itself around Modi govt's GST glory

The Gujarat government under its new Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has put in place a plan to reinvigorate the next Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, scheduled from January 10 to 13, 2017, by branding it around the eventual rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. The plan, prepared by Gujarat government with the help of several union ministries and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), rests on

SR Nathan: former longest-serving Singapore President of Indian-origin passes away

SR Nathan: former longest-serving Singapore President of Indian-origin passes awayThe Indian-origin former Singapore President S.R. Nathan passed away days after suffering a stroke. He was 92. He was the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. He was closely associated with the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew. About S.R Nathan Born as Sellapan Ramanathan on 3 July 1924 in the family of

Maharashtra becomes first state to draft law for internal security

Maharashtra became the first state in the country to draft its own internal security legislation The Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act (MPISA), 2016. The bill has been kept public responses for suggestions and objections. Later it will be presented to the legislature for approval. Key Features of Bill It gives special emphasis on maintaining law and order and combating terrorism, insurgency, caste-related violence and

Alibaba Group launches ‘million books’ donation drive

Online and mobile commerce major the Alibaba Group, along with Crossword and Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, has launched ‘Mission Million Books’, a pan-India initiative inviting Indian citizens to donate textbooks and educational material for the underprivileged. The collected material will be distributed to more than 2,500 educational institutions across India. In addition to mobilising and coordinating with partners to

Kerala tourism growth rate falls post liquor ban

Kerala may no longer be foreigners’ top favourite tourist destination if the figures by the tourism department are anything to go by. A recent study by the department shows a fall in the foreign tourist arrivals and all stakeholders have the state’s liquor policy to blame. The Trade Research 2016 which compiled data from the Kerala Tourism Statistics and Economic Review of 2015, shows that the tourism growth rate fell from

Govt slaps $380 mn additional fine on RIL

Government has slapped an additional penalty of USD 380 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) on Reliance Industries and its partners for producing less than targeted natural gas from eastern offshore KG-D6 fields.  the total penalty, which is in form of disallowing recovery of cost incurred, for missing the target in five fiscal years beginning April 1, 2010, now stands at a cumulative USD 2.76 billion. The Production Sharing

Neymar steers Brazil to first Olympic football gold

razil star forward Neymar gave the 2016 Rio Olympics host nation its biggest moment as he handed the country its first Olympic men’s football gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout victory over Germany . With an unforgettable kick in a thrilling summit showdown at the Maracana stadium, Neymar, probably Brazil’s biggest soccer star, gave his countrymen a moment that they will remember and cherish for

Andhra Pradesh police launches pilot project on DNA profiling

With an aim to tightening the noose around criminals, Andhra Pradesh Polic launched DNA Index System (DIS), the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows generation of DNA profiles from live samples like saliva and blood stains. The system uses the latest DNA technology tool called RapidHIT developed by IntegenX of USA. The DIS allows generation of DNA profiles using buccal swabs, blood stains, saliva and other live

China’s high-speed train maker launches operation in India

China’s largest high speed train maker has announced that its first USD 63.4 million joint venture plant in India to repair and manufacture railway locomotive engines has started operations. The state-run China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) is the first foreign company to set up assembly line of rail transportation equipment in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled his ambitious ‘Make in India’

Ashwin breaks Indian record for most Man of the Series awards in Test cricket

The fourth Test between India and West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval might not have turned out to be the ideal finale as far as Indian cricket fans were concerned with only 22 overs of play possible over the entire duration of five days. Despite rains only causing havoc for a brief period of time, the poor drainage conditions at the venue meant the viewers were left distraught as no play for possible since Lunch on Day 1.

ICCR honours Bee Seavers

JAMMU, Aug 22: Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India honoured the artist of Germany, Bee Seavers who came all way from Hamburg (Germany) to present a ‘Santoor Recital’ which ICCR Jammu organised at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu with the collaboration and support of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. The honours were done by Regional Director

Coast Guard honours 4 fishermen for bravery

MANGALURU/KARWAR: Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS), Karwar, organized its first-ever bravery award ceremony on Sunday and felicitated four fishermen for showing exemplary courage in saving seven fishermen struggling for life in the middle of the sea, 15 nautical miles off Bhatkal coast, early this month.In the ceremony, Coast Guard presented bravery awards, certificates and cash reward of Rs 10,000 to Gopal

Hindi author Sunita Jain conferred with Vyas Samman award 2015

Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was on 17 August 2016 awarded with the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015 for her poetry collection Kshama. She received the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi. Jain, through her poetry, portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli in Kshama. She has managed to aptly convey the sentiment of forgiveness between Tulsidas and his wife using

V P Singh Badnore sworn in as Governor of Punjab

V P Singh Badnore on 22 August 2016 took oath as the new Governor of Punjab. He was also sworn in as the Administrator of Chandigarh Administration. Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar administered the oath of office and secrecy to Badnore at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. Badnore replaced Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is the Governor of Haryana. Solanki had been holding additional

Electricity body gives nod for 1,000 MW Turga hydel project

Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has given conditional clearance to the Rs.4,500-crore 1,000 mw Turga Pump Storage Hydel Power Project in West Bengal’s Purulia district. “We have cleared the project and it is now pending environmental clearance,” CEA Chairman S.D. Dubey said. “We want more such projects in the country for better grid stability,” he said on the sidelines of CII organised Energy Conclave. State Power

PM Narendra Modi, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurate the restored Stor Palace in Kabul

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani  jointly tele-inaugurated the restored Stor Palace in Kabul. The Stor Palace is located in the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Campus in Kabul. The newly renovated and restored building will house the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides, it will also serve as the venue for hosting official domestic and international events by the Afghan

Country’s cotton planting seen falling to lowest in seven years

Cotton planting in the country is likely to fall to the lowest in seven years in the 2016-17 marketing season, thanks to pest attacks, late onset of monsoon and shift to pulses and oilseeds by farmers. According to top officials of the Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR) , Nagpur, cotton planting for this season is unlikely to exceed 104-105 lakh hectares. As on date, cotton planting across the country is around 99 lakh

A Life in Diplomacy authored by MK Rasgotra

A Life in Diplomacy: Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
The book titled A Life in Diplomacy was in news in the third week of June 2016. The book was written by former Indian diplomat Maharajakrishna Rasgotra. It is an insider's account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy. The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri


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Finance Secretary (FS) inaugurates the Training Program on Government E-Marketplace (GeM) for Government Users; FS: Training will enable the Government Procurement Officers to make best use of new technologies to procure goods and services in a more transparent, accountable and efficient manner. The one-day hands on training program for Procurement Officers of the Central Government
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National Sports Awards – 2016

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports

Swachh Bharat Short Films Competition to encourage participative approach for Clean India

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing a Short Films Competition on the theme “Swachh Bharat” that showcases inspiring stories and helps generate awareness among citizens about sanitation and its linkages with public health. The winning entries will be announced in a special felicitation programme to be held in New Delhi on October 2, 2016. National Film Development Corporation of India has invited entries

Flood rescue and relief operation by NDRF

The rescue and relief operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the flood affected various districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are in full swing. 56 flood rescue teams of NDRF are operational in various flood prone areas of the different states to assist the respective state administration in rescue and relief work. NDRF rescuers are delivering their best to evacuate the

Finance Secretary (FS) inaugurates the Training Program on Government E-Marketplace (GeM) for Government Users

Finance Secretary (FS) inaugurates the Training Program on Government E-Marketplace (GeM) for Government Users; FS: Training will enable the Government Procurement Officers to make best use of new technologies to procure goods and services in a more transparent, accountable and efficient manner. The one-day hands on training program for Procurement Officers of the Central Government

Secretary, DARPG attends the Meeting of General Members of CAPAM at Malaysia

Shri C. Viswanath elected on Board of Directors of CAPAM . 3 Indian initiatives given CAPAM awards; Scaling-Up Cervical Cancer Screening gets gold medal  . An Indian delegation led by the Secretary, DARPG Shri C Viswanath visited Malaysia from August 17-20, 2016 to attend the Meeting of General Members of Commonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management (CAPAM) & CAPAM

MoU signed between Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences and University of Latvia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and University of Latvia on establishment of an academic chair in Ayurveda was signed today at AYUSH Bhawan, New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Vaidya K.S. Dhiman, Director General, CCRAS and Dr. Valdis Pirags, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Centre of Complementary

National Convention of Pradhans of Ganga bank villages organized in Allahabad

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in association with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, today organized a National Convention of Gram Pradhans in Alaahabad, with the support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.The objective of the National Convention was to rally Gram Pradhans of 1651

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar

PORT BLAIR: Senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi today assumed office as the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He was administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy by Justice Girish Chandra Gupta, acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court at a formal swearing-in-ceremony held at Raj Niwas here. Mukhi took over from Lt General A K Singh (Retd) who was appointed

A month on, search continues for missing AN-32

NEW DELHI: A month since it went off radar enroute Port Blair, the search for the missing AN-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force continues without any concrete evidence about the fate of the aircraft. Meanwhile, as Geological Survey of India ship Samudra Ratnakar found some leads at a depth of around 3,000 meters, officials said it was not clear if it was the debris of the aircraft. "The ship has tracked some echoes from the

Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

MUMBAI: The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced today. The event will see 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world including India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya, representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games. Star Sports will be

Babus rejig: B Navnit, V Sheshadri appointed Joint Secretaries in PMO

NEW DELHI: Senior IAS officers Brajendra Navnit and V Sheshadri have been appointed as Joint Secretaries in Prime Minister's Office as part of massive mid-level reshuffle effected today. As many as 22 new Joint Secretaries have been appointed in different central government departments. Of these, 18 are from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and remaining from other services. Both Navnit and Sheshadri

PM Modi to be new brand ambassador of Incredible India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the face of Incredible India campaign of the Union Culture and Tourism Ministry. After much deliberations, a decision has been taken in this regard. Concepts for ad films have also been directed to be submitted in a week’s time. Modi will be talking about the significance of different places in those films. Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had earlier hinted that

Edgar Lungu re-elected as President of Zambia

Zambian President Edgar Lungu narrowly won re-election on in a vote his main rival said was rigged. Hakainde Hichilema’s United Party for National Development (UPND) said it would appeal the result at the Constitutional Court, accusing election officials of fraud during the count which began after voting ended . Lungu faced a tough challenge from Hichilema in a campaign to rule over Africa’s second-largest copper

Sunil Mittal re-appointed Chairman of Bharti Airtel for 5 yrs

Sunil Bharti Mittal has been re-appointed as the Chairman of telecom giant Bharti Airtel for another five year, with effect from October 1, 2016.  Mittal is the Founder of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s largest conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. The Group also has joint ventures with global leaders like Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte

Yogeshwar Sangwan concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to Georgia

Mr. Yogeshwar Sangwan (IFS: 1994), presently Ambassador of India to Armenia, has been concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Georgia, with residence in Yerevan .  the Ministry of External Affairs  said that Mr. Vishvas Vidu Sapkal (IFS:1998), presently High Commissioner of India to Fiji, had been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner to Kiribati, with residence in Suva (Fiji).

Intel unveils Project Alloy device creating merged reality

Tech giant Intel has unveiled Project Alloy, a device that creates merged reality. Project Alloy is a headset that uses the RealSense technology to enable people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world without using cables to connect computer. 

What is Merged reality?

OIC expresses concern over Kashmir violence

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has voiced its concern over alleged excesses of the Indian military and the paramilitary forces in Kashmir. This issued had surfaced after former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had “appreciated” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on human rights situation in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Key Facts OCI Secretary General of OIC Iyad Amin Madani had quoted

Gymnothorax indicus, new species of eel found in Bay of Bengal

Scientists from have discovered Gymnothorax indicus (proposed name Indian unpatterened moray), a new species of eel (a snake-like fish) in the northern Bay of Bengal region along the West Bengal coast. It was discovered after it was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast. About Gymnothorax indicus The ell species Gymnothorax indicus is slender-bodied. It was found at a

Chinese scientists discover XMU-MP-1 molecule to repair organs

Chinese scientists have discovered a small molecule (new drug) named XMU-MP-1 that can regenerate tissue. It has potential to eliminate transplants of some organs. It was discovered by team of researchers from Xiamen University and  Peking University of China. The findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. Key Facts The drug, XMU-MP-1 can promote repair and regeneration in the liver, intestines and

Scientists for first time develop laser from fluorescent jellyfish proteins

Scientists for the first time have developed LASER (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) from fluorescent jellyfish proteins that were grown in bacteria. The first of its kind represents a major advance breakthrough in so-called polariton lasers operating at room temperature. What is Laser? A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of

BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum passes Jaipur Declaration

BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum has unanimously passed the Jaipur Declaration on the concluding day of the Forum’s meeting held in Jaipur. The 19-point declaration was adopted at the two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The meeting was attended by heads and members of delegation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

Flood situation continues to be grim in north Indian States

Flood situation continues to be grim in several north Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Relief agencies including Army and NRDF are engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected states. In Uttar Pradesh, flood situation in eastern parts of state is still grim. Ganga is rising in many places including Allahabad and Varanasi. About ten thousand people have taken shelter in relief

Ganga crosses danger mark in UP

A swollen Ganga was flowing above the danger mark in Uttar Pradesh while Yamuna too was flowing above red mark in the state. According to Centre Water Commission (CWC), Ganga is flowing above danger mark at Fafamau (Allahabad), Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia while Yamuna is flowing above the red mark at Chillaghat (Banda) and Naini (Allahabad) and Mohna (Jalaun). Similarly, Sharda river is flowing

'Sankhachil' selected for Montreal Film Festival

Director Goutam Ghosh's National award-winning film "Sankhachil", an Indo-Bangla joint production, has been selected for the coveted 40th Montreal World Film Festival.  "Sankhachil", starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, essays the pain and anguish of people living on both sides of the border following the partition of Bengal. Confirming the news, Ghosh said on Saturday that he was sure "Sankhachil" would be liked by the

Electronics manufacturing policy may soon get nod

In view of great potential of electronics manufacturing sector, NITI Aayog has prepared a draft strategy paper titled ’Make in India—Strategy for Electronic Products.’ NITI Aayog may seek Cabinet’s approval in a fortnight for a long-term policy to boost manufacturing of electronic products by providing a host of

10-15 airports to be activated next year: Civil Aviation Minister

Government was keen on regional connectivity and as part of its plan, 10-15 airports would be activated by the next year, Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. "The work on regional connectivity is in progress. We have developed a scheme for regional connectivity.  There are 31 or 32 unconnected airports and we are planning to activate some of them and 10 or 15 airports may be activated by next year," he said. 

Pasighat advanced landing ground gets operational

The upgraded Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in the presence of Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command on Friday. The event was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries including the Chief Secretary and Secretary Civil Aviation Arunachal

AIR to launch 'Maitree' with focus on Bangladesh

All India Radio will launch a first-of-its-kind service called Akashvani Maitree, which can be heard both in India and Bangladesh. Mainly in Bengali, the service will provide a platform for content creation and sharing of cultural heritage between the two countries. The service will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu congratulated people of

Jimmy Fallon to host Golden Globe Awards 2017

Jimmy Fallon will be hosting the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 8, 2017, NBC has announced.  "I'm so excited to be hosting The Golden Globes in January. And I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported," Fallon tweeted after the announcement. Fallon has a long history with NBC. He was once a member of "Saturday

Sania Mirza surges alone to top of WTA doubles rankings

Indian tennis ace player Sania Mirza has romped into the number one spot in the latest WTA doubles rankings after she teamed up with her new partner, Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic to win the Western and Southern Open. Mirza and Strycova outclassed her former Slovakian partner Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-4 in the summit showdown clash that lasted one hour and 22 minutes in Cincinnati. 

Kumbh's 'lost-and-found' baba passes away

ALLAHABAD: Raja Ram Tiwari or 'Bhule Bhatke Walon ke Baba', known to the world as the one who ran 'lost and found camp' on the banks of the Sangam during Kumbh and Magh Melas for the past 71 years, died here on Saturday. He was 88. Tiwari, according to a conservative estimate, united over 14 lakh adults and around 21,000 children with their families during his self-less service spreading over seven decades. His

Former international umpire Subrata Banerjee dies

Subrata Banerjee, the former international umpire, passed away on 19 August 2016 in Kolkata. He was 71.
Banerjee had a 15-year career at the international level, where he officiated in 13 ODIs.  Banerjee officiated in men's and women's international matches, as well as in age group tournaments, and stood in a women's Test match.  He made his international debut in November 1983 in an ODI between India and West Indies

Rio 2016 Olympics declared closed, over to Tokyo 2020 now

The 2016 edition of Olympic Games were declared closed by IOC chief Thomas Bach after a colourful closing ceremony at the iconic Maracana. The athletes were in celebratory mood and the rain didn’t affect their spirits. Great Britain, who finished as the second-best country with 67 medals, stole the show with their shoes flashing lights red, white and blue. For India, Sakshi Malik carried the tri-colour. The Indian contingent

Germany wins gold in women’s football event at Rio Olympics

Germany on 19 August 2016 defeated Sweden by 2-1 to win their first ever Olympic gold medal in women's football. Germany is now one of only three women's teams to win both the Olympics and World Cup. Germany failed to qualify for the Olympics in 2012 but won the bronze the last three times they played, in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Canada won the bronze medal in the event. 

RBI Governor need not have a 'rock star' status: Fitch

Credit rating agencies Fitch, Moody’s and India Ratings expect continuity in monetary policy under the new Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, who takes office on September 4. They also said policies are more important than personality from the perspective of ratings. Thomas Rookmaaker, director, Asia-Pacific Sovereigns Group, Fitch Ratings, said, “Urjit Patel’s appointment as the next RBI governor signals a strong

NASA wants to bring enterprise to the space station, looks for new ideas

After 15 years as a pure research lab, the International Space Station might be ready for business. NASA is soliciting ideas from private enterprise on ways to use the orbiting laboratory for commercial purposes, taking another, tentative step in US efforts to create a marketplace in space. NASA posed the request as a way to engender "out of the box concepts" for the space station since the agency says it's become clear that

Osteoporosis may soon have a new treatment

A large clinical trial of a new osteoporosis drug found that it stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures at least as well as the only other such drug on the market. The new drug, expected to win approval from federal regulators, would offer another much-needed treatment for some of the 10 million Americans, 80 per cent of them women, who have a disease that weakens bones and often leads to years of pain, disability and early

Maharashtra to examine the land monetization models of NY, Shanghai to mop up Rs 2 lakh crore

The Maharashtra government is exploring monetising land to raise Rs 2 lakh crore to fund infrastructure projects. A committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) DK Jain has been set up to prepare a plan for the sale of land in possession of various departments and suggest steps to mortgage land. Maharashtra’s key infrastructure projects include completion of over 400 irrigation projects (Rs 80,000

Merger with associates to add $120 billion to asset base: SBI

State Bank of India on Saturday said the ongoing merger of five of its associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank will add $120 billion to its assets and will create a banking behemoth with global scale. The bank also said the merger of State Banks of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), Travancore (SBT), Patiala (SBP), Hyderabad (SBH) and Mysore (SBM), and also of Bhartiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in November

Patent office turns down ITC's application for smokeless agarbatti

A patent application of multi-business conglomerate ITC Ltd, which sells agarbatti brand Mangaldeep, for a smokeless incense product at a cost-effective manner was rejected by the Indian Patent Office for lack of inventive steps, among other objections. The company said its invention was to prepare an incense stick with no smoke but fragrance, and it would be an eco-friendly product with higher productivity and cost advantage

Indian aviation faces second safety audit in two years

India's air safety is under scrutiny yet again with the International Civil Aviation Organisation planning an audit next summer.  This will be its second audit of India within two years and the move raises concerns whether the country's aviation safety standards are in line with global norms.BS Bhullar, spokesperson for the civil aviation ministry, said an earlier audit in November 2015 had not covered areas like operations and

Reforms To Aid Growth; Banking Sector Risks Remain: Moody's

New Delhi: Moody's Investors Service today said continued reforms to enhance business environment and moderate inflation will help India achieve robust growth but cautioned that rising contingent liability risks in the banking sector could affect its credit quality.  Evidence of success in policymakers' efforts to introduce growth-enhancing economic and institutional reforms would provide support for a rating upgrade, Moody's

Investment Board To Take Up 12 FDI Proposals On August 30

New Delhi: Inter-ministerial body FIPB will on August 30 take up 12 foreign investment proposals, including those of BNP Paribas Asset Management lndia Pvt Ltd and Sharekhan Ltd. Other proposals pertain to companies like Willmar Schwabe lndia Pvt Ltd, SAET lndia Pvt Ltd, Bashundhara Paper Mills India Pvt Ltd and Whizdm lnnovations Pvt Ltd will come up for consideration at the meeting to be chaired by Economic

Government May Advance Union Budget By A Month: Report

New Delhi: Union Budget has for decades been presented on last day of February, but this could soon change with the government mulling advancing it to January end so as to complete the budget exercise before the beginning of the new fiscal year. The Finance Ministry is doing an overhaul of the entire Budget making exercise which may see scrapping of the current practice of presenting a separate budget for Railways and