Saturday, 22 October 2016

Conference On ‘National Initiative Towards Strengthening Arbitration And Enforcement In India’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a Global Conference on ‘National Initiative towards strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’ in New Delhi today (October 21, 2016).Speaking on the occasion, the President said that while India has the basic legal and physical infrastructure to support international arbitrations, we need basic institutional reforms to strengthen our

Former WWE Manager Frenchy Martin Passes Away

Former WWE manager and wrestler Jean "Frenchy Martin" Gagne passed away this morning after a battle with cancer, according to PWInsider. He was 66 years old. The Montreal Journal reported in early September that Martin had been moved to hospice care and was only expected to live a few more weeks. He told The Journal: "I led an extraordinary life. I am proud to have succeeded in the world of

Govt suggests using KVIC outlets for distribution of subsided pulses

After post offices, the Centre is now exploring the option of selling pulses through khadi bhandar outlets located across the country to cool down prices. A substantial quantity of pulses would also be sold through the commodities exchange NCDEX.  With the festival season approaching fast, govt is leaving no stone unturned to ensure availability of all the essential commodities during ongoing festival

TRAI recommends penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea

In a setback to incumbent telecom operators, sector regulator TRAI has suggested imposing three thousand crore rupees penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for allegedly denying inter-connectivity to newcomer Reliance Jio. TRAI, in its recommendation to the Department of Telecom, said it has found the trio to be non-compliant with licence conditions and service quality norms given

Banks recall over 32 lakh debit cards, govt seeks details

The government has taken swift action to contain the damage from the debit card data security breach crisis. It has ordered a probe and directed Reserve Bank and India and affected banks to submit a report on the breach which compromised nearly 3.25 crore debit cards in the country. The government has also assured customers that their stolen money will be returned and there is no need to panic . At a

The Latest Disaster Risk From Climate Change - Huge Glacial Floods

We all hear about how the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice, and so threatening to raise our sea levels -- perhaps quite dramatically. But mountain ranges across the globe are also strewn with far smaller glaciers that are suffering perhaps an even bigger wallop from rising temperatures -- and now, new research suggests their retreat could, quite literally, be deadly in some cases to

Wonder Woman, 75, Named Special UN Ambassador. But Critics Aren't Amused

UNITED NATIONS:  The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organisation that the spot should go to a real - and less sexualized - woman. The carefully choreographed ceremony was marred by

AIIMS Governing Body Approves Working Of Faculty Till 67 Age

NEW DELHI:  The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) governing body on Friday approved that all faculty could work up till the age of 67, a top AIIMS authority confirmed to IANS. However, he said that the decision has to be approved by the Central government before being implemented. The source, however, also said that the 67 years norm won't apply to the Director, which is an

App To Curb Air Pollution Launched

NEW DELHI:  The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), a Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog, on Friday launched a mobile app "Hawa Badlo", aiming to improve air quality with public participation. Jointly developed by EPCA, Delhi's municipal corporations and concerned departments from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana, the app provides a public platform to report the

Sebi bars 8 companies from market

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday barred as many as eight “vanishing” companies and 40 directors from accessing the capital market for the next five years for violating listing agreement. Vanishing companies are those that failed to file statutory returns with the Registrar of Companies and stock exchanges for two years. Besides, the companies and their directors are not

Trai suggests Rs 3,000-crore fine on incumbents

In a setback to incumbent mobile operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has proposed a penalty of about Rs 3,050 crore on three telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular — for failing to provide sufficient interconnect points to Reliance Jio, leading to massive call failures.In a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) secretary, Trai has recommended a penalty of

Mumbai Stadium Selected for World Cup

FIFA committee ratified the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai as a venue for the U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India next year. Navi Mumbai became the second venue to be approved after Kochi got the green light to host next year’s marquee youth tournament.Mumbai Stadium Selected for World

Persons in Destitution Model Bill 2016

Mr.Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment chaired a Pre-legislative Consultation Meeting on ‘The Persons in Destitution (Protection, Care and Rehabilitation) Model Bill, 2016’ organized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The purpose of the meeting was to seek opinions/views on the Model Legislation drafted by the Ministry and call upon the States/UTs to

Habitat III Conference Adopts New Urban Agenda

A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.Conference has drawn around 36,000 people from 167 different countries to the lush

Global Conference to Strengthen Arbitration

The first ever Global Conference to Strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India gets underway in New Delhi. The three daylong conference titled, “National Initiative On Strengthening Arbitration And Enforcement In India” was launched by the Government and Judiciary as a major initiative to change the face of dispute resolution in India. NITI Aayog, Ministry of Law & Justice, DIPP, National Legal

1500cr Released for 99 Irrigation Projects

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti released the first installment of Rs. 1500 crore to the states as central assistance for 99 prioritized irrigation projects under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program (AIBP). This amount has been released for 50 projects in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab,

Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India Launched

Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Ministry of Tourism, launched the Implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in association with Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI).He recalled the MOU signed in March 2016 between ESOI and Government of India to launch the STCI programme across India. Mr. Zutshi indicated the importance given to sustainable tourism in the

German Approves Espionage Law

German lawmakers have approved a bill that allows the country’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on European Union institutions and fellow EU member states. The legislation passed is part of a range of measures meant to improve oversight of espionage in the wake of the revelations by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. A panel of independent judges will have to be

Juno Spacecraft Lost Its Computer

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has lost its main computer and science instruments shortly before it was due to make an orbital pass near Jupiter. The glitch followed an unrelated problem that prompted it to skip firing Juno’s braking engine, to steer the probe into a tighter regular orbit around Jupiter. The loss of the main computer, 13 hours before the close encounter, put the observation plans on hold until at least

Global Value-Chain Negotiations at WTO

India has announced that it will oppose possible attempts by some developed countries to push for negotiations on global value chains at the World Trade Organisation in the mini-ministerial meet beginning in Oslo. GVCs — an arrangement where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries — is an idea being actively pushed by the OECD group of developed

World Free Zones Appoints P.S. Raman

The World Free Zones Orgànisation (World FZO) has appointed P. S. Raman, Joint Development Commissioner (Retd), Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone, Special Economic Zone, Mumbai, as its Regional Representative for SAARC countries comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The World FZO is an international multilateral

External Commercial Borrowing Norms Simplified

RBI has simplifying the external commercial borrowing norms.RBI has delegated powers to banks to approve requests from borrowers for extension of matured but unpaid ECB.Under the extant ECB guidelines, banks can approve requests from borrowers for changes in repayment schedule during the tenure of the ECB. Further, powers have also been delegated to banks to approve cases of conversion

Mumbai among 15 global cities in terms of total wealth

According to New World Wealth, India’s financial hub Mumbai has been named among top 15 cities globally in terms of total wealth held, while London topped the list. Total wealth held worldwide amounts to $185 trillion (as of June 2016). Globally, there are 13,300,000 millionaires and 1,940 billionaires in total .Top 10 Cities in the World :

Neymar Signs New Barcelona Deal Until 2021

Barcelona: Brazilian superstar Neymar signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona on Friday that will keep him at the Spanish champions until 2021, saying he felt "at home" at the Camp Nou. The deal, which was agreed in June, includes a buy-out clause of up to 250 million euros (USD 272 million) as Barca seek to ward off interest from potential suitors across Europe. Manchester United were

Hospital fire: Odisha health minister resigns amid mounting pressure

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha health and family welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak resigned on Friday amid mounting opposition pressure over the SUM Hospital fire on Monday that killed 25 people."Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has sent me his resignation letter. He has resigned on moral ground. I have accepted his resignation and sent it to the governor," chief minister Naveen

Tawang festival starts with U.S. envoy in attendance

TAWANG, Oct 21: The famous Tawang festival started on Friday at historic Tawang town. Now in its fifth year, the festival has established itself as global event with presence of U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma. The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal declared the three days festival open.Celebrating the age-old relations between Assam and Arunachal, the Assam CM said, “We are

Sudarshan Patnaik is brand ambassador for International Sand Art Festival

BHUBANESWAR: Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has been declared as the brand ambassador for the 5th International Sand Art Festival to be held at Konark by the tourism department of Odisha. International Sand Art Festival is a popular annual event organised by Odisha Tourism from December 1 to 5 at Konark in Puri. Several sand artists from India and abroad will participate in the festival. As

Govt forms panel to devise plan of action on Krishna waters

Hyderabad: Unhappy with the verdict given by Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna waters, the Telangana Cabinet on Friday constituted a sub-committee headed by Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao to study the implications of the verdict and prepare an action plan. The sub-committee will have ministers Tummala Nageshwara Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Jagadishwar Reddy as

35k cr petrochemical complex to be set up in Andhra’

Petro-chemical complex would be set up in Andhra Pradesh with an investment of Rs 35,000 crore during this financial year, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan addressing a public meeting at Vangali near after Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE). Though the UPA government mentioned a

State Bank of Patiala gets special award

State Bank of Patiala has been conferred “Special Award for Excellence in MSME lending” for its performance in lending to the MSME sector during the year 2013-14 and 2014-15 with a growth of Rs 2597 crore (annualized 23%) and Rs 994 crore (annualized 7.10%) respectively, covering the entire range of services. S A Ramesh Rangan, Managing Director and Devendra Kumar, General Manager, State Bank of Patiala received the award on behalf of the Bank in the National Award Function held at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana wherein the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was the chief guest.
The award was given by Kalraj Mishra – Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.

State Bank of Patiala history

State Bank of Patiala, founded in 1917, is associate bank of the State Bank Group.
Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala State, founded the Patiala State Bank on 17 November 1917 to foster growth of agriculture, trade and industry.
The bank combined the functions of a commercial bank and those of a central bank for the princely state of Patiala.
The bank had one branch at Chowk Fort, Patiala, Undivided India.
Kalraj Mishra

Kalraj Mishra is the Indian Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Mishra was born in Malikpur (Saidpur) of Gazipur District ,eastern UP.
He is a member of parliament from Deoria constituency in Uttar Pradesh. .

State Bank of Patiala, founded in 1917 , State Bank of Patiala gets special award

India, World Bank sign $650 Million agreement for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

India on 21 October 2016 signed a 650-million US dollar loan agreement with the World Bank for the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor-III (EDFC-III) Project. The project will benefit industries of Northern and Eastern India, which rely on railway network for transportation of material inputs and exports. These industries also depend on railway network for transportation for the distribution of bulk

Indians finish on Podium at IWF World Weightlifting c’ships

Indians finish on Podium at IWF World Weightlifting c’ships. India created history at the IWF Youth (Boys & Girls) World Weightlifting Championships at Penang, Malaysia, bagging a silver and a bronze medal in the 56kg weight category.  Jeremy Lalrinnunga finished second with a lift of 108kg in snatch and 127kg in clean & jerk for a total effort of 235kgs. Muthupandi Raja clinched the bronze with an

HCL to acquire Butler America Aerospace for $85 million

HCL Technologies announced to acquire Butler America Aerospace for USD 85 million to strengthening its position in the aerospace and defence engineering services space. Butler Aerospace provides engineering, design services and after market engineering services to US aerospace and defence customers.HCL Tech CEO Anant Gupta quits, C Vijayakumar to succeed. HCL Technologies CEO

Japan’s Morinari Watanabe elected President of International Gymnastics Federation

Japan’s Morinari Watanabe elected President of International Gymnastics Federation. Morinari Watanabe(57) from Japan was elected as the Ninth president of the International Gymnastics Federation at the 81st FIG Congress in Tokyo. He will replace Bruno Grandi. Nelli Kim was elected vice president of the FIG along with China’s Luo Chaoyi (China) and Vasily Titov (Russia).

Gavaskar To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From SJAM

The Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) named cricket legend Sunil Manohar Gavaskar for it’s Lifetime Achievement award . The award will be presented at the golden jubilee celebrations of SJAM on December 11, 2016 in Mumbai. The SJAM’s first Lifetime Achievement award was presented to badminton legend Nandu Natekar in September 2013.

Milan conferred honorary citizenship on Dalai Lama

The Milan city council bestowed honorary citizenship on His Holiness the Dalai Lama despite strong objections from Chinese government.The Nobel Peace Prize laureate accepted the honor inside a theater at the University of Milan-Bicocca campus before an audience of mostly students. The Chairman of the Council of Milan, Lamberto Bertole, honoured the Dalai Lama with the Milan Honorary Citizenship

RBI relaxes norms for foreign investment in startups

The RBI relaxed foreign investment norms in financial services firms, startups and in investments by foreign regulated capital investors.Foreign Venture Capital Investors (FVCIs) can invest in Indian startups without prior permission of the RBI. The Reserve Bank of India also allowed banks to approve extension of external commercial borrowings on their own provided the debt is unpaid and has not

Friday, 21 October 2016

L&T Inks Pact With Maha Govt For Nagpur Smart City Project

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has signed MoU with the Maharashtra government for Nagpur smart city project .To laying of 1,200 km of optical fibre network backbone. To create 136 city wifi hotspots at key locations, establishing 100 digital interactive kiosks and developing city surveillance systems with 3800 IP-based cameras. The city also has identified a strip of approximately

Indo Italy Scientific and Technological Cooperation Re-Launched

The Indo-Italian Joint Committee established under the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement re-launch cooperation in the sectors of science, technology and innovation. The original agreement was signed between Italy and India in 2003.The Indian delegation led by Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, while the


TODAYS SPECIAL-DAILY-National-International-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -21-10-2016
The Police Commemoration Day being observed across the country today. Home Minister Rajnath Singh with other dignitaries laid wreath and payed homage to the police martyrs at Police Memorial Ground, Chanakyapuri in Delhi. The day commemorates the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending the borders with China in 1959. On 21st October 1959, Chinese Army personnel opened fire

Conference on Heritage Rail Tourism jointly with Asia Pacific Heritage & Rail Tourism Organisation

Heritage Rail Tourism Conference was organized by Indian Railways at National Rail Museum, New Delhi jointly with Asia Pacific Heritage & Rail Tourism Organization (APHRTO), from 19-21 October, 2016. Participants from many countries including Japan, UK, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, senior officers of Indian Railways and other stakeholders of Heritage Rail Tourism were present in the

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) Plant, Inaugurated in IIIM Jammu

A newly built, state-of-the-art Plant for extraction, formulation, packaging of medicinal plant based phytopharmaceutical drugs under internationally accepted GMP guidelines was inaugurated by the Vice President, CSIR and Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for DoNER (Independent Charge), Dr Jitendra Singh, PMO, Personnel, Public

Indo-Italy Scientific and Technological Cooperation Re-Launched

The Indo-Italian Joint Committee established under the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement re-launch cooperation in the sectors of science, technology and innovation. The original agreement was signed between Italy and India in 2003. The Indian delegation led by Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, while the

10th India-United States Trade Policy Forum concludes in Delhi

A high level delegation led by Ambassador, Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative is attending the 10thIndia-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meetings scheduled from 19th October, 2016 to 20th October, 2016 at New Delhi. Under the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Obama, the Trade Policy Forum meeting has focussed on increased bilateral interaction

Microsoft launches cyber security engagement centre in India

US tech giant Microsoft has set up a cybersecurity engagement centre (CSEC) in the Delhi-NCR region that will help it work with partners to identify and respond to cyber threats in the country. The India centre, which is the seventh such facility for the company globally, will function as a satellite to Microsoft's Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU).  While Microsoft declined to comment on investment

Amit Shah releases book authored by FM Arun Jaitley

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday released a book 'Andhere se Ujale ki Ore' authored by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  The book is an anthology of Jaitley's write-ups, blogs and speeches translated in Hindi. While releasing the book, the BJP Chief praised the role of the finance ministry in many of the developmental schemes in over two years of the current government. The book is a Hindi

Police Commemoration Day being observed across the country

The Police Commemoration Day being observed across the country today. Home Minister Rajnath Singh with other dignitaries laid wreath and payed homage to the police martyrs at Police Memorial Ground, Chanakyapuri in Delhi. The day commemorates the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending the borders with China in 1959. On 21st October 1959, Chinese Army personnel opened fire

India Wins Medals at Astronomy Olympiad

Indian students won two silver and one bronze medals in the 21st International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held at Pamporovo, Bulgaria. India finished among the top four out of the 16 participating nations.  M S Wajid from Hyderabad and Prashant Gokhale from Mumbai won silver medals, and Harshit Khandelwal from Indore secured the bronze medal in the event that took place from October 5

China-USA Row Over Anti-Dumping Duties

On 3 December 2013, China requested consultations with the United States regarding the use of certain methodologies in anti-dumping investigations involving Chinese products. China claims that the measures mentioned in the request for consultations are inconsistent with:  Articles 2.4.2, 6.1, 6.8, 6.10, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4 and Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; Article VI:2 of the GATT 1994. On

SIDBI Launches ASPIRE Fund

SIDBI has launched a Rs 60 crore ASPIRE fund to promote innovation, rural entrepreneurship and agricultural industry. The Rs 60 crore ‘fund of funds’ falls under ‘A Scheme for Promotion of Innovation and Rural Entrepreneurship and agro industry (ASPIRE)’ for supporting various venture capital funds registered with market regulator Sebi for investing in startups in the agro and rural space.

Collaboration of Smart Cities and AMRUT Cities

In a major initiative, railway stations and adjoining areas will be redeveloped on Smart City lines for enhancing passenger amenities, easy access to stations, enabling optimal utilization of land at railway stations, as a part of Smart City development.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard by the Ministries of Urban Development and Railways.  To begin with 10 cities could be

ICGS Gaidinliu Commissioned into Navy

Fast patrol vessel ICGS Gaidinliu, named after Naga freedom-fighter and leader Rani Gaidinliu, was commissioned by Director-General Rajendra Singh of the Coast Guard. The vessel would be used for search and rescue operations, surveillance at sea, coastal patrol and anti-smuggling operations, besides protection of merchant navy vessels and fishermen.  Hindusthan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) built the vessel. It

Under new UDAN scheme, fares to be capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights

Air passengers on major routes will soon have to shell out more for flights to fund the regional connectivity scheme under which fares will be capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights. The government expects the first flight under this scheme to take off in January. A “first of its kind” in the world, UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) will be based on market mechanism as well as bidding for a

Book on Virat Kohli titled ‘Driven: The Virat Kohli Story’ launched in New Delhi

Book on Virat Kohli' Driven: The Virat Kohli Story' launchedi. The book on Cricket Player Virat Kohli titled ‘Driven: The Virat Kohli Story’ was published in the presence of  Coach Raj Kumar Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Ashish Nehra, Ajay Jadeja, Karthik Murali, Hari Gidwani and Anjum Chopra in New Delhi . The book was authored by senior journalist Vijay

Indian Railways wins World Railway Shooting Championship Cup

First time Western Railways Team won the 15th USIC- International Shooting World Championship with 10 medals(5 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze) held at Saint Mandrier, France. The team won Gold in 50 Meter Rifle Event, defeating Germany and France and Swapnil Kusale and Tejaswini Muley won Gold and Silver medal respectively. In Air Rifle Ayonika Paul won Gold by defeating France and

LS Speaker accepts PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra’s resignation

Tariq Hameed Karra, founder member of PDP, today formally resigned from the Lok Sabha protesting against the “failure” of Parliament to make “any tangible moves” to end violence in Kashmir. LS Speaker accepts PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra’s resignationii. Tariq Hameed Karra, an elected member of Lok Sabhafrom Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency of Jammu and Kashmir has resigned his seat in

Azure Power becomes 1st Indian solar company to trade on NYSE

Azure Power Global Limited  become the first Indian solar company to be listed on NYSE after it announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 3,409,091 equity shares at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Azure Power  The IPO offering includes 2,242,424 equity shares to be sold by Azure Power and 1,166,667 shares to be sold by certain selling shareholders. Azure Power will also

World Bank to loan $2 billion to Bangladesh to fight climate change

World Bank to support Swachh Bharat Missioni. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced USD 2 billion loans for Bangladesh to help Bangladesh to fight climate change. The USD 2 billion for climate change is in addition to USD 1 billion pledged by world Bank to end childhood stunted growth. Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of global warming, with thousands of people being killed by

India’s second eco-friendly airport in Vadodara is all set to open its doors to passengers.

A new terminal is equipped with facilities of international standard IN Vadodara.The facility has also been rated by Green Ratings of International Habitat Assessment, the highest national rating for green buildings considered by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). This terminal building boasts of several features of a green building. Energy efficient glass has been used. A sheet measuring 164.4 mts

Three day conference of Indian Air Force held in New Delhi

The three-day Air Force Commanders’ Conference held at Air force Headquarters, New Delhi. The Air Force Commanders briefed the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on various issues relating to operational capability, maintenance and HR. Future plans for enhancing IAF’s capability were also discussed. The Air Chief expressed satisfaction with the operational preparedness of the IAF

International Statistics Day – October 20 2016

The theme for this year is “Better Data, Better Lives”. This theme emphasizes the critical role of high-quality official statistical information in analysis and informed policy decision-making in support of sustainable development. It also reflects the importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress. On this World

Mumbai photographer Nayan Khanolkar wins wildlife award

Mumbai based Nayan Khanolkar got the one shot that would go on to win him the prestigious Wildlife Photographer Award, 2016 by the BBC and Natural History Museum in London.  The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the world-renowned and trusted British institution, the

New Species Of Long-Necked Dinosaur Found In Australia

MELBOURNE:  Scientists have identified a new species of giant long-necked dinosaur whose ancestors likely crossed over to Australia around 105 million years ago from South America. The discovery of Savannasaurus sheds new light on evolution of sauropods and how these impressive beasts managed to conquer the globe, researchers said. The finding by researchers at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Madhya Pradesh's Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare Dies At 61

BHOPAL:  Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Satyadev Katare died at a Mumbai hospital today, family sources said. Mr Katare, 61, a senior Congress leader, is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was suffering from lung cancer and undergoing treatment at the Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai since April 18, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Pankaj

Haryana To Celebrate Its 50 Years On November 1

GURGAON:  The Haryana government has made mega plans to celebrate 50 years of the state's existence on November 1, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest. In order to ensure safety and better law and order situation during the inaugural event of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the state government on Thursday appointed 33 duty magistrates for the function. All duty

Former Minister Srinivas Prasad’s resignation accepted; testing time for Siddaramaiah

BENGALURU:  Speaker of legislative assembly KB Koliwad on Thursday accepted the resignation of senior Congress leader V Srinivas Prasad, who put in his papers over being “unceremoniously” dropped from the cabinet. The decision, three days after Prasad submitted his resignation, has put to rest speculations of the Speaker keeping the resignation in limbo to avoid a bypoll. Koliwad announced his

Haryana's Committee on 7th Pay Commission submits report to CM

A Committee constituted by the Haryana government to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission and decisions of the central government submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today. The Committee, comprising Chief Secretary D S Dhesi as Chairman and Additional Chief Secretaries Rajan Gupta and P Raghavendra Rao, Principal Secretary Anurag

Tamil Nadu Government Constitutes Advisory Committee Under Disaster Management

Chennai: Complying with a directive of Madras High Court, Tamil Nadu government has constituted a 20-member advisory committee of experts from various fields to assist the state Disaster Management authority at times of natural calamities. State Advocate General on Friday filed in the court a copy of the October 18 government order constituting the committee headed by Dr K Satyagopal, Principal

SC freezes BCCI funds for state cricket bodies

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to release funds to state cricket bodies till they promise to implement Justice Lodha panel recommendations. The apex court directed BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke to give undertaking on affidavit, before the Lodha panel and in apex court by December 3, stating how much time they would

RBI decides to allow FDI up to 100% in other financial services

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday decided to allow foreign investment up to 100 per cent under the automatic route in ‘other financial services’. RBI, however, said foreign investment in an activity that is regulated by an Act will be restricted to foreign direct investment (FDI) limits. Hence, sectors such as insurance, which already have pre-defined FDI limit (49 per cent in insurance) will

No relook into allocation of Krishna water: Tribunal

The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal II (KWDT-II) headed by Justice Brijesh Kumar, has decided to maintain status quo on the allocation of Krishna River water among all four riparian states viz. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.  However, tribunal decided to confine the reallocation of Krishna water to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. What is the case? The KWDT-II

SBI declares Silchar as its 5th zone in North East

The State Bank of India (SBI) has declared Silchar as its 5th zone in North East to facilitate banking issues for the customers of the region. The 5th zone will further help to cater the banking needs of the people of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur along with the Barak Valley of North east India. SBI also opened its administrative office at Silchar, Assam. Other four zones of SBI in North East are Guwahati,

Railway ministry inks MoU for Smart Railway Stations

The Union Ministry of Railways and Union Urban Development Ministry have inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for smart railway stations. The validity of the MoU is for the five years and can be extended with the consent of both the ministries. Under this initiative Railway stations and surrounding areas will be redeveloped under the Smart City plan. 500 railway stations in the country

Protein-enriched rice variety developed by IGKV Chattisgarh

Researchers from Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV),Chattisgarh have developed a protein-enriched rice variety. The new developed rice variety has over 10% protein content, which is 3% more than what is found in any popular variety and has 30 PPM (parts per million) zinc content. Key facts The protein-enriched rice variety was developed by researchers from IGKV’s Department of Plant

Sir David Cox honoured with first International Prize in Statistics

Noted British statistician Sir David Cox (92) was awarded inaugural recipient of the International Prize in Statistics. The International Prize in Statistics Foundation has bestowed this award on Sir David Cox in recognition of Survival Analysis Model (or Cox Model) Applied in Medicine, Science, and Engineering. About Sir David Cox Sir David Cox is renowned statistician born on 15 July 1924 in

HCL to acquire US-based Butler Aerospace for $85 mn

IT services major HCL Technologies said  it will acquire Butler America Aerospace for $85 million in cash, a move aimed at strengthening its position in the aerospace and defence engineering services space. Butler Aerospace provides engineering, design services and aftermarket engineering services to US aerospace and defence customers, providing them services in areas of mechanical and structural

Rajasthan, Bhojpuri languages to get official status

Bhojpuri and Rajasthani are given the status of official language by including them in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. A study has been conducted as per the direction of the Central government and on the basis of the report of the official language commission, three languages, including Rajasthani and Bhojpuri, would be included in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution. The

India to lease 2nd Akula-class nuclear sub from Russia

Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear submarine to India in a deal which will cost around USD 2 billion. The deal was struck during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 15 on the sidelines of the BRICS meet in Goa. However, it was not part of the slew of announcements made after the talks. The Defence Ministry and the Navy did not

Haryana increases retirement age of doctors to 65 yrs

Reeling under acute shortage of doctors, the Haryana government has decided to increase their retirement age in the state from 58 to 65 years. The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Health Minister Anil Vij along with officials of the health department.The state government, earlier this year, had sent a proposal to the Centre for enhancing the

International conference on voter education begins in Delhi

The Election Commission of India will hold the first ever International Conference on Voter Education in New Delhi. The topic of the Conference is Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation.The Conference will be inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner Dr Nasim Zaidi. The Conference is being organized with an aim to share best practices, policies and initiatives of voter

South African struggle icon Mewa Ramgobin passes away

South African struggle icon and husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Mewa Ramgobin has died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness. Ramgobin, the former president of the Natal Indian Congress which fought discrimination against Indians in South Africa, breathed his last at a Cape Town hospital. Ramgobin was married to Ela Gandhi, a human rights activist and Mahatma Gandhi’s

India, Algeria mull fertilizer Joint venture

India to initiate a joint venture arrangement with Algeria for a multi-billion dollar fertilizer plant located in the North African country seemed to have moved to the front burner following a meeting between Algerian Minister for Industry and Mining and the Indian Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L. Mandavia. India, which has up to 96 per cent phosphate dependency, with the volumes

Wipro acquires US cloud firm Appirio for $500 million

IT major Wipro has acquired for $500 million, Appirio, a US-based services firm with a large offshore presence that helps corporates implement cloud applications such as SalesForce. Appirio is the second biggest acquisition by Wipro, after Infocrossing, which it bought for $ 600 million in 2007. Appirio was founded by Chris Barbin, Mike O’Brien, Glenn Weistein and Narinder Singh in 2006. The nearly

International Prize in Statistics awarded to Sir David Cox

Prominent British statistician Sir David Cox has been named the inaugural recipient of the International Prize in Statistics. Like the acclaimed Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Turing Award and Nobel Prize, the International Prize in Statistics is considered the highest honor in its field. It will be bestowed every other year to an individual or team for major achievements using statistics to advance science,

Investment in PPP projects shows a decline: Moody's Investor Service

According to Moody's Investor Service, there has been a large-scale decline in private investment in PPP projects in recent years because of delays in project approvals and land purchases by the government, complicated dispute resolution mechanisms in the concession agreements and lower than expected revenues due to aggressive assumptions. Delay in project completion has resulted in cost

Google announces winners of Material Design Awards 2016

Retired bureaucrat Sunil Kumar Mishra was on 19 October 2016 appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Odisha. Governor Dr. S C Jamir approved the name of Mishra, an official release said. Earlier on 6 October 2016, a selection committee chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recommended Mishra’s name to the Governor for appointment as the CIC. Former director general of

Sunil Mishra appointed as Odisha's CIC

Retired bureaucrat Sunil Kumar Mishra was on 19 October 2016 appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Odisha. Governor Dr. S C Jamir approved the name of Mishra, an official release said. Earlier on 6 October 2016, a selection committee chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recommended Mishra’s name to the Governor for appointment as the CIC. Former director general of

The Sleepwalker's Dream authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah released

Book titled The Sleepwalker's Dream authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah released. The book authored by Borah, President of Asam Sahitya Sabha, narrates the journey of a group of militants towards an elusive freedom and an uncertain future. The Sleepwalker's Dream is about June, Ron and several other rebels fleeing their hideout in Bhutan after an army attack. With them is their injured, unconscious leader, who

Pakistan to enforce complete ban on Indian TV, radio contents from 21 October

Pakistan's media regulatory authority has decided to enforce a complete ban on Indian TV and radio contents from 21 October 2016. It has warned that the licences of those found guilty of violating the ban will be suspended. In a statement, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that it has decided to ban airing of Indian content at the request of the federal government. PEMRA

Japan's Morinari Watanabe elected President of International Gymnastics Federation

Japan's Morinari Watanabe on 20 October 2016 was elected the new President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). Watanabe emerged victorious in the election after defeating rival candidate Georges Guelzec of France by a huge margin in a vote at the governing body's Congress. Watanabe, who is the secretary-general of Japan Gymnastics Association (JGA), won 100 of the 119

SBI declares Silchar as its 5th zone in North East India

The State Bank of India (SBI) on 20 October 2016 declared Silchar as its 5th zone in North-East India. This zone will cater to the banking needs of the people of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur along with the Barak Valley. The other four zones of SBI in region are located in Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. Earlier, Silchar was under Guwahati zone and it was tough on the part of the bank to address

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The Ministry of Shipping ratified the Capital Dredging Project for Ro Pax Ferry Services between Gogha & Dahej, in Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat. The Ministry released Rs.58.50 Crore as first installment of grant-in–aid to Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB). The total project cost is estimated to be Rs.234 Crore and of which 50% would be funded by Centre Government under the Sagarmala

Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM Assumes Office as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy

1. Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM took over charge as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, today 20 October 2016. An impressive ceremonial guard of honour was presented on the occasion. 2. Earlier in the day Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM paid homage at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ by placing a wreath prior to assuming command.  3. Vice Admiral

President of India Inaugurates the 28th Accountants General Conference

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 28th Accountants General Conference in New Delhi today (October 20, 2016). Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the founding fathers of our Constitution had envisaged a prominent role for public audit in our country’s governance and accountability framework. The institution of CAG is one of the oldest in the country with a history

‘National Initiative Towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’ Tomorrow

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a Global Conference on ‘National Initiative towards strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’ at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi tomorrow (October 21, 2016) at 1730 hrs. The Global Conference is being organized jointly by the NITI Aayog, Ministry of Law and Justice, National Legal Services Authority, International Centre for

Cargo Traffic at Major Ports grows by 5.2 % during first six months of FY 2016-17

The Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo during the first six months of FY 2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 percent as compared to the same period last year. The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same period last year was 299.5 MT. This improvement of performance is the result of many measures initiated by the Ministry

Badminton: Jayaram, Prannoy win at Denmark Open

Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy advanced to the second round but it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth in the men's singles opening round of the USD 700,000 Denmark Open badminton tournament at Odense on Wednesday. Jayaram, who had reached the finals at Dutch Open last week, notched up a 21-15 21-16 win over Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana. He will take on the winner of the match between Chinese

India-Myanmar boost defence ties

Even as India is pulling out all stops to isolate Pakistan, it got another shot in the arm when Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on a state visit to India not only condemned the Uri terror attack for the second time in the last few days but also agreed that states that encourage, support or finance terrorism in any way should be held to account. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the State

Union Government directs car makers to declare emission details of every vehicle

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made it mandatory for all automobile manufacturers to provide emission and noise pollution details for every vehicle they produce. The new pollution norms will be made applicable from April 2017. The step will help to keep a check on whether the newly bought vehicle is emitting according to what the manufacturer claims. The Union

Indian football team achieves highest FIFA ranking in six years

The Indian football team achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side jumped 11 places to be 137th in the latest list released today. India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. In August 2010, India were ranked 137th which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.National Coach