13 Oct 2016


On World Sight Day, resolve to protect your eyes

Around 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Visual impairment is avoidable, treatable and preventable in almost 80% cases. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October. It's aim is to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular-degeneration are the main causes

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International Day for Disaster Reduction observed with theme Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was observed globally on 13 October 2016 with theme Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality. The day encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk

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First World Tsunami Awareness Day to be celebrated at AMCDRR

The First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on 5 November 2016 at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016. The event will be organised with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champions at the Conference. The Conference will be organised from 3 November to 5 November 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi by the Government of India

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Venture Capital Fund Scheme for SC Entrepreneurs

Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH launched “Elixir for Life”, an Ayurvedic Proprietary Medicine. This product has been produced by a beneficiary of the Venture Capital Fund Scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) Entrepreneurs launched by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in 2014-2015. The beneficiary M/s Mallur Flora & Hospitality Ltd. No. 11, RBI

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Hungary on cooperation in field of water management

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Hungary on cooperation in the field of water management. The MoU will be signed between Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Interior, Government of Hungary. This is for the first time India is entering into a MoU

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Union Cabinet approves establishment of IIM in Jammu

The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment and operationalisation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Jammu. It will become operational from the Academic Year 2016-17 at the transit or temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering & Technology. Key Facts For the initial four years from 2016 to 2020, the IIM will function in the temporary campus. The student

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Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 suggests basin-level management

The Central Government has brought final draft of the National Water Framework Bill, 2016 to provide uniform national legal framework to manage water in a better and efficient way The comprehensive draft Bill proposes model law for all states. However, water being a State subject under VII Schedule of constitution the law will be not binding on States for adoption. Need The water

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Sex workers cannot allege rape if denied payment, rules Supreme CourT

The verdict came as it acquitted three people of rape charges in a 20-year-old case after the complainant's roommate said the woman moonlighted as a sex worker. A sex worker cannot file a case alleging rape if her customers refused to pay her, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. A bench of justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy also said that while evidence submitted by a woman

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Denying Sex To Husband For Long Ground For Divorce: Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI:  Denying sex to husband for a long time without any justification amounts to mental cruelty and is a ground for divorce, Delhi High Court has said. The verdict came on a petition by a husband seeking divorce, complaining that his wife had subjected him to mental cruelty by not allowing him to have physical relations for four-and-a-half-years though she was not suffering from

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IISER researchers use human hair to produce cheaper cathodes for solar cells

Researchers from Kolkata based Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have produced cost-effective, metal-free cathodes using human hair for use in solar cells. Significance: This is the first instance where a bio-waste-derived electrode (in this case human hair) has been used as cathode in a quantum dot sensitised solar cell device. Key Facts IISER researchers have developed

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New molecular mechanism revealed for genetic mutations in aggressive cancer cells

Birmingham, Oct 12 (IBNS): Scientists at the University of Birmingham have described a previously-unknown molecular mechanism that could lead to the genetic mutations seen in certain types of aggressive cancer cells, involving a cell’s own transcription machinery. Genetic mutations are fundamental to the spread of cancer cells that form malignant tumours in the body. They are often

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European Space agency to attempt Mars landing on oct 19

ESA plans to build on the legacy of British Mars lander Beagle 2 by placing the Schiaparelli module on the Red Planet in October. A new image shows the desert plane on Mars where ESA will land the Schiaparelli module on 19 October this year. This will be the first European landing attempt on the red planet since 2003’s ill-fated Beagle 2. Known as Meridiani Planum, this area of Mars is relatively flat

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NASA develops electroactive bandage to speed up wound healing

The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has developed a new high-tech electroactive bandage that uses electricity to significantly promote healing of injured wounds. The high-tech bandage creates an electric charge to promote the healing process of wounds in space especially in conditions of non-Earth gravity. Need In conditions of non-Earth gravity, human blood

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China appoints basketball player as ambassador to Mars

China appointed ex-NBA player Yao Ming as its first “ambassador to Mars” to promote the country’s plan to send a spacecraft to Mars by the year 2020. He and 10 other Chinese celebrities will help publicize the space program, encourage interest in science and technology among the Chinese youth as well as promote the country on the international arena. In April, China unveiled its plans to send a

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ICICI Bank executes India's first transaction on blockchain

ICICI Bank on Wednesday announced that it has successfully executed transactions in international trade finance and remittances using blockchain technology in partnership with Emirates NBD. "ICICI Bank is the first bank in the country and among the first few globally to exchange and authenticate remittance transaction messages as well as original international trade documents related to purchase

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Consumer Price Index of September 2016

Consumer Price Index Numbers on Base 2012=100 For Rural, Urban and Combined for The Month of September 2016 . The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015. 2.     In this press

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India aims to double LNG import capacity to 50 mn tonnes a year

NEW DELHI: India plans to more than double its annual LNG import capacity to 50 million tonnes in the next few years, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today. Also, as part of strategy to move towards a gas-based economy, the first LNG-driven bus is likely to start plying in Kerala early next month, he said. The nation currently has capacity to import 21 million tonnes per annum of super-

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Ethanol Price Revised for Industrial Undertakings

The Cabinet has approved the mechanism for revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme in the following manner: i. For the next sugar season 2016-17 during ethanol supply period from 1st December, 2016 to 30th November, 2017, the administered price of ethanol for the EBP Programme

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India 12th top foreign holder of US government bonds

India is the 12th largest foreign holder of the US government securities with exposure to the tune of $ 118.9 billion as of March-end. Despite reducing its exposure to $ 1.245 trillion, China remained the top holder of these securities in March, as per the latest data released by the US Treasury Department.China owned bonds valued at $ 1.252 trillion in February.  China is followed by Japan

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Government approves Rs 1,955-crore road link project

NEW DELHI: A highway project worth Rs 1,955 crore for construction of a road link between Sahibganj in Jharkhand to Manihari in Bihar, including a bridge on the Ganges, received Cabinet clearance today. "The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the construction of a new link between Sahibganj bypass in Jharkhand

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US debut writer wins gold dagger at UK's top crime writing awards

First-time American novelist Bill Beverly has won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year. Beverly’s Dodgers, about a man who works for an LA drugs organisation and who is sent to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin by his boss, beat Christopher Brookmyre’s award-winning novel Black Widow, as well as titles by Denise Mina and Mick Herron,

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Activist jailed for Life in China Wins Human Rights prize

Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti, who is at present in jail for life or defending China’s mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, he received the Martin Ennals Award, the winner of which is selected by a jury of 10 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In 2014, he was sentenced to life in prison for “separatism” over a website he ran that was often critical of China’s official ethnic

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Jitu Rai awarded “Champion of Champions” Tile by ISSF

India’s Jitu Rai has been awarded the ‘Champion of Champions‘ title for pistol shooting in 2016, by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).  Despite an underwhelming Olympic campaign, the 29-year old was awarded the honour for his exceptional performances in the international circuit, over the past six months. The Army man won two World Cup events in Bangkok and Maribor

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Sir Ian Mckellen honoured at UK theatre awards

Veteran actor Ian McKellen was honoured at the UK Theatre Awards on for his individual contributions to British theatre. The award ceremony took place on October 9 in London. McKellen was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre prize. The 77-year-old actor, best known for his roles in the “X-Men” and “Lord Of The Rings” film franchises, was recognised for

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India shine at World Powerlifting Championship

COVENTRY (England): Mukesh Singh Gehlot (125kg Raw) and Gaurav Sharma (140kg+ Raw) have won gold medals in their respective categories at the World Powerlifting Championship here.Gehlot, who earlier won gold in 2013, thus became world champion for the second time late Wednesday night.Vaibhav Rana (125kg Raw) and Kanwardeep Singh (110kg Raw) also took silver in their

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Manipur lifts Sub Junior Wushu championship

COIMBATORE: Manipur team won the overall championship in the 16th National Sub Junior Wushu Championship, which concluded here yesterday. A total of 29 State teams participated in the 5-day mega event, organised by Wushu Association of India, Tamil Nadu Wushu association and Kumaraguru College of Technology. While Tamil Nadu was in the second position, the third was

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Plantation on Indian National Highways is just not enough: IIFM

BHOPAL: Carbon emitted by heavy duty road transport is a major problem for commuters themselves and the people dwelling nearby Highways, also adding to the air pollution. One may be thinking that plantation along is just enough but its not.  National highways of India, spread across 1,00,089 kilometers of the country have potential of about 7.33 million tonnes of carbon sequestration but in

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Humphrey and Hudson polar bears return to Toronto Zoo

Toronto, Oct 12(IBNS): Humphrey and Hudson, the two polar bears from Toronto Zoo returned back to Toronto after their extended stay in Winnipeg. In order to get socialised, polar bears from the Toronto Zoo were sent to Winnipeg, few years back. Humphrey, in February 2015, went to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo to learn the act of socialising with other bears. In 2013,

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BOOK IN NEWS--13-10-2016

After Mrs Funnybones, Twinkle Khanna Announces Her Second Book

Mumbai: Twinkle Khanna, who after a stint as an actress, has established herself as an interior designer, author and popular columnist, on Wednesday announced her second book titled The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad. "My new book of stories that will hopefully make you laugh a lot and sigh a little. 'The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad'," Twinkle tweeted on Wednesday. Her debut book Mrs

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China, Russia to hold joint anti missle drills

China and Russia will hold their second joint anti-missile drills next year, Chinese state media said on Tuesday, after South Korea and the United States angered the two countries with plans to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea. The Chinese and Russian militaries held their first such exercises in May as Washington and Seoul were in discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High

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STATE -DAILY-NEWS-13-10-2016

Redevelopment of Residential Colonies in Delhi

The Union Cabinet has approved redevelopment of residential colonies at West Ansari Nagar and Ayur Vigyan Nagar Campuses of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AllMS), New Delhi. National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) will undertake the exercise to replace the existing housing stock of 1,444 dwelling units of Type I to IV with Build Up Area (BUA) of approx.

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Brussels Conference on Afghanistan

On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan co-hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference brought together 75 countries and 26 international organisations and agencies. Participants endorsed the ambitious reform agenda presented by the Afghan government. They undertook to ensure continued international political and financial support

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India at Montreal Protocol Meet

The 28th meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol officially opens in Kigali, with more than 1000 delegates from different countries and organisations are attending for a new global agreement on climate change. The 1978 Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer is widely regarded to be one of “the most successful environmental treaties ever” and was the first treaty to

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Union Textiles Minister to inaugurate India International Silk Fair

The flagship event of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council, the 5th edition of India International Silk Fair, will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, on 15th October, 2016 at 11 AM, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta and Secretary (Textiles), Smt. Rashmi Verma will also be present as Guests of Honour. In her

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Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi to inaugurate ‘Women of India Festival 2016’ tomorrow

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi to inaugurate ‘Women of India Festival 2016’ of organic products at Dilli Haat at INA, New Delhi tomorrow . The Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi will inaugurate ‘Women of India Festival 2016’ of organic products by women at Dilli Haat at INA, New Delhi tomorrow. The Festival to be held from October 14-23, will offer on sale the

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The 6th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers was held

The 6th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers was held on 13 October, 2016 in New Delhi on the threshold of the 8th BRICS Summit on 15-16 October, 2016 in Goa, India. The Meeting was preceded by the 13th meeting of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI) which was held from 11-12 October, 2016. The Trade Ministers meeting made an assessment of the BRICS

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Moon gets a facelift every 81,000 years: Study

The Moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81,000 years, according to a study released based on NASA data. This churn -- affecting the top two centimetres (nearly an inch) of mostly loose moon dust -- happens 100 times more frequently than previously thought, scientists reported. The study also estimates that asteroids and comets crashing

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Urgent solutions for refugee and migrant children in Calais ‘long overdue’ – UNICEF

New York, Oct 13 (Just Earth News): With the imminent clearance of the Calais camp and wet winter weather fast approaching, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, said on Wednesday that the commitment by the United Kingdom and France to find urgent solutions for the hundreds of refugee and migrant children

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Oscar Winning Polish film Director Wajda passes away

Andrzej Wajda, the acclaimed Polish director whose films reflected his country’s turbulent history, has died at the age of 90. He died in hospital of lung failure after being put into a medically induced coma in recent days. Wajda, who was awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2000, became a filmmaker only after being rejected by the army in 1939. He attended Poland’s renowned Łódź film

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Renowned writer and litterateur Dayanand Anant passes away at 88

NAINITAL: Renowned writer and litterateur from Uttarakhand, Dayanand Anant, passed away today at his residence in Bhowali near Nainital. He was 88, family sources said. Born in Nainital in 1929, Anant completed his primary education at Nainital and higher education from Lucknow. He was one of the most prominent writers of Uttarakhand who penned two short story books, three novels, five TV

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Anurag Thakur set to head ICC development committee

KOLKATA: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to name BCCI president Anurag Thakur as the chairman of its development committee following the conclusion of the chief executives meeting in Cape Town, sources told TOI. Thakur's inclusion would also make him eligible to represent India in three other powerful ICC committees - the governance review, finance/commercial

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PetroFed Signs MoU with TERI

PetroFed, an apex society of entities in the Hydrocarbon sector, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TERI to undertake study on “Climate Change Risks: Preparedness for Oil and Gas Sector”. It will provide a missing link between the policy and the practice in the Hydrocarbon sector. Cop 21 will come into effect soon and it is important for the country to know the effects of

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India – Russian MoU in Bilateral Trade

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the Russian Federation on Expansion of Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation. The MoU would expand more Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation between India and Russian Federation. Making economic

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Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Qatar

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Qatar on cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports.

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on April 7, 1999 and the First Executive Programme for MOU signed with Qatar on bilateral cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports

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Cabinet approves MoU between Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on General Cooperation with the New Development Bank (NDB),

Cabinet approves MoU between Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on General Cooperation with the New Development Bank (NDB), along with other Development Financial Institutions of BRICS nations. The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on General

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