12 Oct 2016


October 11: International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is observed every year across the world on 11 October to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Significance of Day: The observance of the day seeks to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender and supports more opportunity for girls. This year it was fifth

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MNREGA to be through post office soon

Government will make payments under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA)Programme and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana through post offices in future. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu made the announcement after inaugurating the Andhra Pradesh Postal and Telecom circles in Vijayawada on Tuesday. Postal payments banks will soon be

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Center approves carrying out environment impact assessment report of modernisation of Chennai airport by AAI

NEW DELHI: In a push to improving amenities for travelers at Chennai airport, Centre has given go ahead for carrying out environment impact assessment report of Modernisation of Chennai Airport (Phase II) by Airport Authority of India.The project seeking finalization of Terms of Reference (ToR) for conducting  environment impact assessment was considered by the Ministry of Environment and

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SC widens ambit of Domestic Violence Act, 2005

The Supreme Court in its landmark judgement has widened the scope of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 by making it gender-neutral. The SC ordered deletion of the words “adult male” before the word ‘person’ in Section 2(q) of the Act making it gender-neutral. The remaining part of the legislation would remain operative and was kept untouched. The Protection of

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Sex worker can't cry rape if denied money: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Acquitting three persons of rape charges, the Supreme Court has ruled that a sex worker cannot lodge a sexual assault complaint against her customers if they refuse to pay. A bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy said that though the evidence given by a woman alleging rape must get importance from the trial court, but it could not be taken as "gospel truth".

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Indian researcher produces stable Perovskite Nanocrystal solar cells

For the first time, Indian researcher has successfully produced a stable, high-efficiency, all-inorganic perovskite nanocrystal solar cells. It was produced by Abhishek Swarnkar, a research scholar from the Department of Chemistry at Pune’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). Key Facts The new inorganic perovskite nanocrystal material has 10.77% efficiency to convert sunlight to

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Himansh, India’s remote, high-altitude station opens in Himalayas

A high altitude glaciological research station in Himalaya called Himansh (meaning a slice of ice) began functioning above 13,500 ft (4000 m) in a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Researchers will use this station as a base for undertaking surveys that would digitize the glacier motion and snow cover variations with exceptional precision. Key Facts Himansh station will provide

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Malala yosafazai has an asteriod named after her by Nasa scientist

An asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Malala Yousafzai. The Nasa astronomer who discovered it five years ago said she chose the name to honour the 17-year-old Nobel Prize winner. Dr Amy Mainzer, who works at the space agency’s jet propulsion laboratory in California, said she was inspired by a colleague who pointed out that of the many named asteroids,

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In a first, driverless cars hit London streets

Driverless vehicles carrying passengers took to Britain's streets for the first time on Tuesday in a landmark trial which could pave the way for their introduction across the country. The compact two-seater cars trundled along a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London, in a trial by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) which plans to roll out 40 vehicles in the city. Neil Fulton,

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UNGA to appoint Antonio Guterres as new Chief

The UN General Assembly will appoint Antonio Guterres as next Secretary-General on Thursday to replace the retiring Ban Ki-moon on January 1 next year. According to a letter sent by General Assembly President Peter Thomson on Tuesday, the date for the appointment has been set for October 13 at UN headquarters, Xinhua news agency reported. The term of office for Guterres will start on

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Union Government to invest Rs 15000 crore to increase Panipat oil refinery capacity

The Union Government has decided to invest 15,000 crore rupees to increase the capacity of Panipat refinery in Haryana to 25 Million Tonnes from existing 15 Million Tonnes. It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan at a function in Panipat. Key Facts The expansion of Panipat refinery will help raise specifications of fuel quality

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Union Government to adopt three-pronged approach to spur internal trade

The Union Government may soon consider adopting a three-pronged approach to revitalise domestic retail and wholesale trade. The three-pronged approach includes (i) Establishing a regulatory body for national internal trade (retail and wholesale) (ii) Comprehensive domestic trade policy and (ii) Board for Internal Trade. Need for new approach Domestic trade mainly comprises non-corporate small

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Morocco: Abdelilah Bekirane appointed for another term as PM

Abdelilah Bekirane, leader of Morocco's Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD), was appointed as country's Prime Minister on 10 October 2016. This will be his second term as Prime Minister of Morocco. Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco, made the announcement after Benkirane's PJD party emerged with the most number of seats in the 395-seat lower house of parliament. In the election held

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Pune organisation wins UNFCCC award for work with women on combating climate change

Pune-based organisation Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is one of the 13 winners of the 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award for its work on Rural Community Women Leaders Combating Climate Change. Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to recognise innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate

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Modi awards CSIR scientists Best Technology Award for Anti-diabetic medicine

PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded the best technology award to Herbal anti-diabetic product BGR-34 at CSIR Technological Awards, 2016 organised on account of CSIR 75th Foundation Day. Modi made his presence at the Award ceremony to congratulate scientists and CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) staff with a motivational speech.  Speaking at the occasion Modi

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Sprinter Arabani Nanda wins Akalabya Award

Ace sprinter and Olympian Srabani Nanda will be conferred with the prestigious 24rd Ekalavya award for the year 2016. Apart from this, two hockey players Deep Grace Ekka and Dipsan Tirkey will also be felicitated. The award committee announced name of Nanda to the media after the meeting. Srabani will get a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a trophy at the Ekalavya Award function, the date of

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Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom win Nobel Prize for Economics

British-American economist Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland have won the Nobel Economics Prize for their work on contract theory. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the pair won for their work on contractual theory, and that their work focussed on contracts like insurance claims, property rights and salaries. Their groundbreaking work has laid “an intellectual foundation”

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Kevin Hart receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor Kevin Hart was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 37-year-old star, who was joined by his family and friends and actress Halle Berry, took to Instagram to share his excitement with the fans. "Words can't explain the feeling that I have right now.... God is good. Look momma I made it. #Harts #Blessed #WhatNow #comedicrockstarshit #4DaysAway...," he wrote. The

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Ashwin at the top of ICC Player Rankings

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has surged to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers with a career-best haul of 13-140 in the final Test that helped defeat New Zealand by a massive 321 runs, India's second biggest victory in terms of runs. Ashwin, who was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India, now has 220 wickets, the most by any bowler

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Aditi 1st Indian golfer to record 3 straight top-10 spots

Aditi Ashok, the 18-year-old from Bangalore and the only Indian female golfer that competed in the Rio Olympics 2016, recorded her third top-10 finish on the Ladies European Tour at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters held at the Golf Club Hubblerath, Germany. The Indian golfer shot a final round of three-under 69 and finished tied ninth. Aditi played her fourth successive one-under 69 round

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Disabilities Bionic Olympics underway in Switzerland

The world’s first Cybathlon Championship for Athletes with Disabilities organised by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich debuted at the SWISS Arena in Kloten, canton Zurich.Popularly known as ‘Bionic olympics’, it differs from the paralympics as it sees participants compete against each other using the latest assistive technologies in terms of their ability to help users

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India clean-sweeps three match test series against New Zealand

India on 11 October 2016 won the three-match test series against New Zealand, 3-0. In the third and final test played at Holkar Stadium in Indore, India wrapped up the New Zealand innings at 153 in 44.5 overs claiming a huge victory by 321 runs. The entire second innings of the visitors folded in just one-and-a-half sessions on Day -4 with an entire day remaining. The chief wrecker for India was

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Environment ministry panel suggests tighter green rules for Alang-Sosiya yard

New Delhi: The world’s largest ship recycling yard at Alang-Sosiya in Gujarat is set to get an upgrade with a top panel of the Union environment ministry recommending environment clearance for the same. The ministry’s expert appraisal committee (EAC) wants the yard to meet additional requirements on the environment front for the upgrade which will expand the yard’s capacity by 50%,

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Piramal acquires five brands for Rs 1,164 crore

Ajay Piramal-led Piramal Enterprises (PEL) has acquired five injectable anaesthesia brands from Belgian drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceutica in a deal valued up to $175 million (Rs 1,164 crore), including an upfront payment of $155 million. This would be the sixth acquisition by the pharmaceutical wing of the company in the past two years. This is seen as an effort by the firm to

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Amity University to open 1st US branch in 2017

One of India’s largest colleges, Amity University, is expanding into the US with the purchase of one campus in New York and a proposal to buy two more, drawing opposition from state officials in Massachusetts about the quality of the education it will offer. Amity paid $22 million last month to buy a Long Island branch of St. John’s University in New York City, which was selling the campus

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World Economic Forum to set up tech-focused hub

World Economic Forum is establishing a new center in San Francisco to connect tech companies and policymakers in the heart of the world’s technology industry. The World Economic Forum, which organises the annual Davos meeting of international leaders, has opened an office in San Francisco to focus on policy and regulatory issues surrounding new technologies such as artificial intelligence,

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Sikkim to promote Kanchendzonga as eco-tourism destination

The Sikkim government has formulated plans in association with the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) to start circumambulation tours in the periphery of Mt Kanchendzonga, located at 28,169 feet.  India’s highest mountain peak Mount Kanchendzonga and Kanchendzonga National Park, recently declared a world heritage site, will be promoted as eco-tourism destinations for trekking,

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Haryana plans to construct open jails

The Haryana government is considering a proposal to install telephones in all state jails specifically for the use of prisoners. The police department sent the proposal to the state government for approval a couple of months ago. The plan is based on a similar one in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Under the proposed plan,one or two special telephones will be installed in all 18 prisons of the state — one for calling family

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Telangana redraws its map by adding 21 new districts

Telangana on 11 October 2016, the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dasami, had redrawn its map by creating 21 new districts. With these, the total number of districts of the youngest state of India went up to 31. Telangana, which came into existence on 2 June 2014 as the 29th State of India, started out with 10 districts. On an average, each district will have population of two to four lakh families, except

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India to host BRICS summit in Goa on October 15-16

India will host of 8th BRICS summit in Goa on October 15-16. Prior to BRICS Summit in Goa, a trade fair and business council meetings will be held in the national capital from October 13. BRICS economies all set to hold their 8th summit at Goa. As part of reforming the global governance architecture which is yet to reflect the changing global scenario where the emerging economies are

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Russia, Turkey agree to intensify military, intelligence contacts

The Russia and Turkey have agreed to intensify military and intelligence contacts. They also have agreed on the need for aid to get to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Decision in this regard was taken after meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin on sidelines of World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Key Facts The two countries also have

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Stomach this: India ranks dismal 97 in global hunger index

India ranked 97th out of 118 countries on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Global Hunger Index (GHI) in 2016, behind Nepal, Sri Lanka,  Bangladesh, among others, but ahead of Pakistan and three other Asian countries. It was positioned at 80 out of 104 countries the previous year. While India has improved its score on various parameters over the past few years, two out of

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Style icon Parmeshwar Godrej passes away at 70

MUMBAI: Businesswoman and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of industrialist Adi Godrej, died on Monday night in a Mumbai hospital after a prolonged lung illness, family sources said. She was 70. She was Mumbai's original queen bee and will be fondly remembered by many as a style icon in her signature beret, who hosted some of Mumbai's most memorable evenings peppered with a

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Boxing legend Aaron Pryor dies at the age of 60

Boxing Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor, remembered for scintillating duels with Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello, died Sunday at the age of 60 after a long battle with heart disease. “We are heartbroken and sad to announce that our beloved Aaron passed away at home surrounded by his family at 5:57 a.m.” Frankie Pryor, his widow, said in a statement from the family home near Cincinnati, Ohio. “He was

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Italian Olympic Committee suspends Rome's 2024 bid after city council withdraws support

Rome: The Italian Olympic Committee is suspending Rome's bid for the 2024 Games for the time being, while leaving open the possibility for a revival of the candidacy if there is a change in city government. CONI president Giovanni Malago said he wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday to "interrupt the candidacy." The move comes after Rome's city council voted

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Expert committee on Cauvery to outline water conservation methods

BENGALURU: The expert committee on Cauvery is expected to outline water conservation methods, better use of water and changes in the cropping pattern along with a ground report on the situation in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The committee, setup by the Centre on SC’s directions and headed by Central Water Commission Chairman GS Jha, completed its tour of major portions of the Cauvery

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Govt sets up panel to revamp forest law

The Union environment, forests and climate change ministry has constituted an 11-member committee to revamp the Indian Forest Act, 1927. The panel has not been given a detailed mandate, but the first meeting of the panel suggests it has considered revamping the forest governance regime in the country. The government is yet to announce the formation of the committee in public. News of the

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India-Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise commences at Belawan, Indonesia

The 28th India and Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise have commenced at Belawan, Indonesia in the Andaman Sea. The 17-day-long bilateral exercise (from 10 to 27, October, 2016) will demonstrate India’s commitment to its ties with Indonesia and to maritime security in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Key Facts The bilateral maritime exercise and

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Standard Chartered Bank forms tie-up with Uber

Foreign lender Standard Chartered Bank announced a tie-up with Uber under which its credit cardholders, across six countries, will get a cash-back of up to 25 per cent for hailing cabs from the app. In India, the cardholders will get a 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cash—back cap of Rs. 600 per month. Additionally, first-time Uber users will get a discount of ₹ 50 for the

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Indian film Cameroon's entry for Oscars

n Indian film 'Yahan Amina Bikti Hai' has been sent to compete for the foreign film category at the Academy Awards and the movie will represent Republic of Cameroon. This film is "the first ever feature film sent by Cameroon to the Oscar Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category," READ ALSO: Rekha Rana and Kumar Raj to collaborate again. According to reports, Cameroon-

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Harikatha: traditional art of story-telling in South India

Harikatha, a traditional art story-telling was in news for its revival due to patronage from various cultural organisation. Harikatha is a form of Hindu religious discourse in which the storyteller explores a religious theme, usually based on the life of a saint or a story from an Indian epic. What is Harikatha? Harikatha is an art form composed of storytelling, music, drama, dance, poetry, and

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