15 Oct 2016


‘Women of India Festival 2016’

The Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the ‘Women of India Festival 2016’ of organic products by women at Dilli Haat at INA, New Delhi today. The Festival will be held from October 14-23. This year’s Festival will have 230 stalls and about 372 participants. The list includes producers from Delhi, NCR and 23 states/UTs. The festival includes a

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As tribals starve, High Court likens babus to Brits

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday rebuked the state bureaucracy, saying its approach towards tribals was the same as that of the British before the country gained independence. A bench headed by Justice V M Kanade expressed its dissatisfaction with the steps taken by the state government to tackle severe malnutrition in the tribal parts of eleven districts, including sevferely

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Researchers at IISER used human hair to produce cathodes for solar cells

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Kolkata have found a new way to produce cathodes for solar cell. The IISER researchers have used human hair to produce cost-effective, metal-free cathodes for use in solar cells.  The results have been published in the journal Carbon. This is the first time where a bio-waste-derived electrode has been used as

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Earth's Moon hit by surprising number of Meteoroids: NASA

Washington, Oct 14 (IBNS): The moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had predicted, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The result implies that lunar surface features thought to be young because they have relatively few impact craters may be even younger than previous estimates. The finding also

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Zika virus infection may prevent reinfection,study finds

Washington, Oct 14 (IBNS): People infected with Zika virus may not be susceptible to Zika virus again, according to the latest research involving Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. "The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," said Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute. "This means people infected during this

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New draft planet found in solar system beyond pluto

A new face has been added to the solar system’s family portrait, Scientists have discovered a new dwarf planet looping around the sun in the region beyond Pluto. The dwarf planet, called 2014 UZ224, measures about 330 miles (530 kilometers) across and is located about 8.5 billion miles (13.7 billion km) from the sun, on Oct. 11. For comparison, Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is about 750 miles

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India Nominated Arundhati for World Bank MD

India has nominated State Bank of India chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya as the World Bank managing director and chief operating officer’s position. India needs strong backing of US and other category 1 member countries, who have a large voting share. The selection has to be cleared by the World Bank’s board of directors, which consist of country representatives. World Bank is led by a

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ICICI Bank approves appointment of Anup Bagchi as Executive Director

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IBNS): ICICI Bank on Friday said its board approved appointment of Anup Bagchi as Executive Director to head retail business. Shilpa Kumar appointed as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Securities. B. Prasanna appointed as Group Executive and  Head-Markets & Proprietary Trading at ICICI Bank, read the statement issued by the bank. ICICI Bank approves

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Ajay Kumar Bhalla Appointed new DGFT

Senior IAS officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla was appointed as the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Bhalla, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is presently additional secretary in the commerce ministry. He has been appointed to the post in place of Anup Wadhawan, who has been appointed as additional secretary in the commerce ministry, an order issued by

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Bank deposits to touch rs.100 lakh crore for the 1st time

Indian banks are staring at a deposit erosion of Rs 1.5-2 lakh crore between September and November as Foreign currency non-resident deposits (FCNR) mobilised in 2013 mature around that time. This could result in an acute liquidity shortage and a possible de-growth of balance sheets. At the deposit growth rate now, banks mobilise roughly Rs 2.4 lakh crore of deposits in three months. To maintain

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WPI inflation slows to 3.57% on veggie prices

NEW DELHI: Cooling food prices helped wholesale inflation decline in September after it touched a two-year high in August, strengthening the case for more rate cuts after retail inflation also showed a sharp decline. India's wholesale prices as measured by WPI (wholesale price index) softened to 3.57% in September compared with 3.74% in August. The lower inflation rate is attributed to a

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India receives first Iranian oil parcel for emergency reserves

India has received the first parcel of crude oil from Iran to partly fill the strategic storage in southern India as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPRs) storage. The first parcel of 2 million barrels of Iranian oil was imported by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) with the help of very large crude carrier (VLCC) Dino. India is planning to fill half of the storage with 6 million

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Union Govt. to adopt three pronged approach to spur internal trade

The Centre has consider a three-pronged approach to revitalise India’s retail and wholesale trade. This includes establishing a regulatory body for national internal trade (retail and wholesale), a comprehensive domestic trade policy and a Board for Internal Trade. The strategy is likely to come up for discussions among ministries including finance and commerce & industry as well as the

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Leung Wins Hong Kong Elections

Leung Chun-ying won the election to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive.Leung, 57, won 689 votes from an election panel comprising businessmen, lawmakers and academics, or about 61% of the total.Henry Tang, the front-runner until scandals drove down his popularity in opinion polls, garnered 285 votes. Leung, who will begin his five-year term on 1 July, will need to address public anger over

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Lt Governor Najeeb Jung turns down AAP govt's request to dissolve Shunglu Committee

New Delhi: Hours after the Delhi government advised Najeeb Jung to dissolve the Shunglu Committee, which is examining 400 files on decisions taken by the AAP regime, the L-G turned down the request and gave the panel a six-week extension. While rejecting the AAP's request to dissolve the three-member committee, the L-G said the "truth hidden behind these files" must come

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22 MPs from smaller parties, independents in Rajya Sabha recognised as a consolidated bloc

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has recognised a group of 22 MPs belonging to smaller parties and certain Independents as a consolidated bloc — the United Group. With this recognition the United Group, will be the third largest group of MPs in the Rajya Sabha, after the Congress and the BJP. This is only the third time in the history of Indian Parliament consolidated bloc

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Aruchal pradesh becomes 14th state where BJP is in government

The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh officially became a part of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) government with the induction of senior BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga in the council of ministers. Arunachal Pradesh is now the 14th state having a coalition government. PPA government is a constituent partner of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). Governor V Shanmuganathan

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Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad awarded with IAFP Young scientist scholarship award 2016

Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, an Indian scientist, was on 12 October 2016 awarded with the prestigious IAFP Young scientist scholarship award 2016 for his research work on development of novel oxygen absorbing package in the field of active packaging for oxygen sensitive food products. The award worth 2000 US dollars and an award plaque was presented to him in the annual meeting of

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Glanlugi Buffon Wins 2016 Gloden foot award

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Golden Foot award. The 38-year-old accepted the award in Monaco and admits that the award isn’t the only piece of silverware he wants to lift this season. The Juventus legend was honoured with the award not only for his contributions on the field but his contributions for football off the field as well. Last year’s award

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Assam Govt to institute twin awards for scientists

DIBRUGARH, Oct 14 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today announced the institution of State Awards for promoting scientific research and studies in the State. Inaugurating the four-day 24th State-level National Children’s Science Congress at the Dibrugarh University Ranghar auditorium here, the Chief Minister said that the awards would be instituted to honour scientists for research in

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Six journalists win first Aster Media Awards

Six Indian journalists -- three from Delhi, one from Kerala and two working for newspapers in Dubai -- were the winners of the inaugural Aster Media Awards presented at a function here yesterday. Sarika Malhotra from Business Today and Manoj Sharma from HIndustan Times, both from Delhi, were the joint winners in the national category. Malhotra won the award for her heart-wrenching story

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NCC National Games 2016 begins on October 17

The Opening Ceremony of the NCC National Games is scheduled on 17 October 16 at DG NCC Camp, Delhi Cantt where the tournament will be formally opened by Maj Gen JS Sandhu, Officiating Director General of NCC. The closing ceremony is planned for 26 October 16 at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt. The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri is expected to be the Chief Guest. The NCC

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Ranji Trophy 2016-17: Record Partnership From Maharashtra's Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne

Maharashtra batsmen Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne made history on Friday as they added an unbeaten 594 runs against Delhi in their second round fixture of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Their marathon stand for the third wicket is now the highest partnership in the Ranji history. The duo missed missed the highest partnership for any wicket in all of first-class cricket by just 30 runs as

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Nico Hulkenberg to leave Force India

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IBNS): Formula One side Sahara Force India on Friday announced Nico Hulkenberg will leave the team at the end of the season. "Nico Hulkenberg will leave Sahara Force India at the end of the season to pursue other opportunities within Formula One," the team said in a statement posted on the official website.He will last feature in the Abu Dhabi race next month. Vijay

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Yengkhom – First Indian to win gold in World Junior Wushu Championship

Manipur’s Jason Yengkhom has become the first Indian to win a gold medal in the World Junior Wushu Championships. Yengkhom won in the boys’ 52 kg Sanshou event at the 6th edition of the Championships in Bulgaria, beating China’s Jun Yang. India’s Thoudam Malemnganbi and Roshibina Naorem won a silver and a bronze respectively in their events at the Championships. In the world of

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Jubilant gets USFDA nod for urinary incontinence durg

Jubilant Life Sciences has received the final approval from the US health regulator for Darifenacin Extended-Release Tablets, used for the treatment of urinary incontinence condition. The company has “received Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) final approval for Darifenacin Extended-Release Tablets, 7.5 mg and 15 mg, the generic version of Enablex of Allergan Plc, which is used for

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India has 4ht highest number of Millionaires in Asia-pacific

India is home to the fourth-largest population of high net worth individuals (HNIs) in the Asia-Pacific, with total wealth of $797 billion, says a report. Asia-Pacific (APAC) is a region consisting of the whole of Asia as well as regions bordering the Pacific Ocean, especially the small nations of East Asia. The most commonly quoted figure for membership in the high net worth club is $1 million in

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India-Germany Working Group on Rail Safety

India and Germany has decided to form a joint working group on railway safety.The agreement on formation of a joint working group was taken at a meeting between Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and German Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt. The working group would look into the training, technology and processes for improving the safety. This

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India Blocks Pak Climate Change Project

India blocked a climate change project from Pakistan at the Green Climate Fund meeting in South Korea. The project is to be located in Gilgit-Baltistan and the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.India called the Pakistan project for adapting to climate change in the Himalayan region as flawed. The Pakistan project, supported by the UNDP, is meant to reduce flooding risks in Northern Kashmir area

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Only one out of six children under the age of two worldwide receives adequate nutrition – UNICEF

New York, Oct 14 (Just Earth News): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has issued a new report on Friday with the alarming statistic that five out of six children worldwide under two years old are not receiving adequate nutrition for growth and brain development. Childhood nutrition during the first two years of life is critical to development and survival, and though there has been a

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Haiti: UN supporting government to provide emergency food assistance to 750,000 people

New York, Oct 15 (Just Earth News): United Nations relief agencies are continuing work on the ground to assist Haiti in the aftermath of powerful Hurricane Matthew with the World Food Program (WFP) on Friday helping to provide supplies for some 750,000 people, while the UN health agency and its regional partner have appealed to donors for $9 million for emergency health operations. “We

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Philippines invite UN to probe Drug related killings

The Philippines has sent an invitation to United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard to probe the increasing number of drug-related killings in the country. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the palace has sent the invitation to Callamard and is awaiting her response. The Philippine government is urging Callamard to also look into the killings of law enforcers, who were also killed

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Satellite pictures show Crop fire in Punjab and Haryana

Despite a ban and dire warnings from the Delhi high court, crop fires have started raging across Punjab and northern Haryana, data from NASA satellites reveals. In what could be further bad news for Delhi's air quality, the data indicates that the fires may have begun early this year, compared with 2015. The burning of paddy stubbles to clear the fields for winter sowing is a rampant practice in

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The Chhattisgarh Government will be getting developed a mobile-based interactive application to check status of a whole set of ongoing projects across the State. The Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (ChiPS) will be implementing the project. The mobile application will be collecting local data or conduct survey for keeping track of various project development status, 

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Pachuau hailed as oldest working journalist of India : Mizoram

AIZAWL: The Mizoram government's Information and Public Relations department and the Mizoram Journalists' Association (MJA) today declared Lalbiakthanga Pachuau, the editor of 'Zoram Tlangau', a Mizo language daily, as the "oldest working journalist in the country". the declaration was made by state Minister for Information and Public Relations

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BRICS 2016: India-Russia to hold bilateral summit meet in Goa

India and Russia to hold bilateral talks in Goa on Saturday; several defence and energy deals likely to be inked; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the meet will give opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia. Apart from the two-day BRICS and BIMSTEC summits beginning Saturday another significant event in Goa is the annual Indo-

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India to buy gamechanger S-400 air defence system from Russia

BENAULIM (GOA): India today announced that it will buy the S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia, worth over USD 5 billion, and collaborate in making four state of art frigates besides setting up a joint production facility for making Kamov helicopters. The deals were announced following talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on

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India ranked 2nd in science research growth: Report

India is at the second position among countries with the highest increase in their contribution to high-quality scientific research, according to a new report which shows that the growth of research in the country is only behind China’s. According to the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars report, while India made its mark, Chinese institutions are leading the world in rapidly increasing high-quality research

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Tuberculosis claimed 3 lives per minute in 2015: WHO

Tuberculosis is killing more people than thought, yet governments are not doing enough to bring the debilitating infectious disease under control, the World Health Organisation has said. The latest WHO figures show TB has been taking a much greater toll in India than previously believed. The disease claims the lives of 1.8 million people worldwide each year, not the 1.5 million it was previously

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Azad Hind Fauj's last soldier Daniel Kale passes away

Daniel Kale, a veteran soldier of the Azad Hind Fauj, died in Kolhapur after a prolonged illness. Kale, 95, passed away yesterday at 8 AM at a healthcare centre, where he was admitted for the last few days after his deteriorating health. Ashok Rokade, founder of a civilian rescue force 'White Army' was looking after Kale in his last days.  Kale's last rites were conducted at Kadamwadi

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Nobel Laureate Dario Fo passes away aged 90

Italian playwright and actor Dario Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, has died at the age of 90. Left-winger Fo, one of the leading figures in 20th century farce and political theatre, was best known for his works “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” and “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay“. The Nobel jury honoured him for his work which they said emulated “the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging

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Anurag Thakur Now Officially Part of ICC's F&CA Committee

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council seemed to have mend fences with the BCCI as president Anurag Thakur is now officially a part of the powerful Finance & Commercial Affairs after completion of its board meeting in Cape Town. The F&CA wing is arguably one of the most powerful decision making sub-committee of ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are passed through

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India-Indonesia Bilateral maritime exercise commences at Belawan, Indonesia

 India’s commitment to its ties with Indonesia and to the maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ship Karmuk, an indigenously built missile corvette, based under the Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, is participating in the 28th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise, scheduled from 10-27

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