21 Oct 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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