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United Nations Day

24th October is United Nations Day. The day marks as the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of UN Charter, the founding document, by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24th of October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. This year’s


Disarmament Week observed 24 October to 30 October

Disarmament Week is an annual event that is observed from 24 October to 30 October in various parts of the world. The annual observation of the Week starts on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, which is observed as the United Nations Day. On the occasion, the United Nations invites states to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase

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World Development Information Day

The General Assembly in 1972 instituted World Development Information Day to draw the attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide in principle with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of

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PM to launch 'Urja Ganga' gas pipeline project in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi today where he will launch a number of ambitious projects including an ambitious "Urja Ganga", gas pipeline project and doubling of railway tracks on a busy route.  He will also dedicate to the nation a dual rail engine that runs on both electricity as well as diesel.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to gift the people of

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Cyber Security Research and Development Fund

The union government is setting up a cyber security research and development fund of ₹1,000 crores.First proposed in 2013, it will be implemented by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). It will be administered by a high-power committee headed by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Spanning over 5 years, the fund will be spent on technology for protection of critical

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10 Points On New Anti-Corruption Rules Cleared By PM Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared anti-corruption rules that will make it tougher to act against bureaucrats and will also spare top corporate bosses from bribery charges unless their involvement in wrongdoing is proved in court. Here's your 10-point cheat sheet to the story: Officials say the changes will help in the ease of doing business; honest officials will not be deterred from

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Union Government planning to fast-track irrigation projects in Indus basin

The Union Government is planning to fast-track four projects in Indus river basin to increase irrigation area in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by nearly 2.05 lakh acres. This decision was taken after India had decided to exploit to the maximum the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab as per Indus Water Treaty (IWT). Key Facts Three projects Prakachik Khows Canal in Kargil, Tral

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ECI amends election rules to allow e-transfer of postal ballot

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to facilitate the e-transfer of postal ballot. The new rules empower a returning officer in any constituency to send postal ballots to an eligible voter by electronic means as specified by the ECI. In India, postal ballots have played a critical role in extending the electoral process to voters who are unable to exercise their

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Western Zonal Council Meeting held in Mumbai

The 22nd meeting of the Western Zonal Council was recently held at Mumbai, Maharashtra under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Western Zonal Council consist of the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Key facts The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers and ministers of these States and Union Territories

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Government introduces e-ballot system for service voters

The service personnel serving in remote areas will now be able to vote through an e-ballot, though they will still be required to return the ballot paper through manual post, official sources said on Monday. "The Election Commission has developed a system whereby blank postal ballots could be electronically transmitted to the voter. The recipients can download it and print the blank postal ballot," a source said.

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Govt to launch sea plane service between Nagpur, Shirdi

Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said a sea plane service will be soon launched from Ambajhari lake to Shirdi via Anand Sagar Lake in Shegaon. The sea plane will fly in the morning and return the same day. The sea plane has been launched to benefit the people in and around Nagpur who visit these two pilgrim sites, Gadkari said at a function. There is a shrine of Sai

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PM Modi launched #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign through which people can send their Diwali greetings and messages to soldiers guarding the nation’s frontiers to boost their morale.PM Modi launched #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign. The campaign gives every citizen an opportunity to spread happiness among the Indian Armed Forces, who are guarding our nation’s frontiers, far from their

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Supreme Court says it will not go into larger debate on Hindutva, 1995 judgment to stand

The Supreme Court, which is hearing a contentious matter relating to electoral malpractices arising out of its 1995 judgment, popularly known as the ‘Hindutva’ verdict, today said it would not examine the issue of religion at this stage. “We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this

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57 Borrowers Owe Banks Whopping Rs. 85,000 Crore, Supreme Court Told

Whether names of those who have defaulted on massive bank loans should be made public will be decided by the Supreme Court this week. On Monday, the court raised the question as it examined a list of 57 borrowers who have not returned loans worth a staggering Rs. 85,000 crore. "Who are these people who have borrowed money and are not paying back? Why can't their names be made public?"

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Iraq Parliament In Surprise Vote To Ban Alcohol

BAGHDAD, IRAQ:  Iraq's parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties.Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argue that it also violates the same constitution which

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Haji Ali Dargah To Give Women Complete Access In 4 Weeks

Women will have the same access to the famous Haji Ali shrine in Mumbai, the Supreme Court was informed today. The trust that governs the mosque said it will allow women to enter what has been the men-only inner sanctum or core area of the shrine. In August, the Bombay High Court said restricted entry for women is illegal, bolstering a nationwide campaign aimed at securing women their religious

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New Artificial Intelligence System Can Predict Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials

LONDON:  Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can accurately predict the outcomes of human right trials in major international courts - an advance that could be a valuable tool to identify violation of rights. Using the new AI method, judicial decisions of cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have been predicted to 79 per cent accuracy. The method is

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China's Space Lab Launches Micro-Satellite

BEIJING:  China's experimental space lab Tiangong-2 orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board has successfully launched a micro-satellite, roughly the size of a desktop printer. Weighing 47 kilogrammes, the micro satellite has a series of visible light cameras, including a 25 megapixel camera and wide-angle imagers. Its mission is to take photographs of Tiangong II and the Shenzhou 11

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Chinese researchers develop algorithms for smart energy grid

Researchers at China’s Northeastern University have proposed an algorithm to construct an energy grid that distributes power similar to data flow on the internet. The proposed ‘energy internet’ would use a main power grid combined with decentralised generators, including fuel, wind turbines and solar power, to distribute energy to multiple microgrids within each designated network. Enter the energy

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ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission

The Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO)  has started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the critical Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2. These tests were started as ISRO’s new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district, 400 km from Bengaluru. This site has simulated craters. ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) is the lead centre for the second Moon mission. It has artificially created close

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Prevention of Alzheimer’s is possible

Washington DC : A new study has found out that consuming pills that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease, says ANI. According to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the study took a three-pronged approach to help subdue early events

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Oldest known planet-forming disk discovered.

Scientists from University of Oklahoma have discovered the oldest known planet-forming disk — a 45 million-year-old ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star, from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates. The team described a newly identified red dwarf star with a warm circumstellar disk, of the kind associated with young planetary systems. Circumstellar disks around red

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IIL develops CYSVAX, world’s first vaccine to fight against tapeworms in pig

Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) has unveiled a vaccine to fight against tapeworms in pigs. CYSVAX, the vaccine, is the world’s first such, the Hyderabad-headquartered wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board said . The recombinant porcine (Pigs) Cysticercosis vaccine developed by IIL also has the potential to significantly reduce the incidence of epilepsy in humans.

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International Olympic Committee Hires Russian Doping Whisteblower As Consultant

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND:  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has hired Russian doping whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov as a consultant and is helping his runner wife Yuliya in recognition of their efforts, a spokesman said on Monday. The Stepanovs were instrumental in exposing doping in Russian sport that led to the country being banned from international athletics while dozens of

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Rewati Chetri appointed Visit Japan Ambassador

Guwahati: Miss International India 2016, Rewati Chetri, India’s face at Miss International 2016 in Tokyo Japan, has been officially appointed as `Visit Japan Ambassador’ by the Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Tourism, Land & Infrastructure and Transport of the Japanese Government. Rewati Chetri who hails from Assam, had left for Tokyo on October 9 last and is now in

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Tata Sons Board replaces Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as Chairman

Mumbai: Tata Sons today announced that its Board has replaced Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as Chairman of Tata Sons. The decision was taken at a Board meeting held here today. The Board has named Mr. Ratan N. Tata as Interim Chairman of Tata Sons. The Board has constituted a Selection Committee to choose a new Chairman. The Committee comprises Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Mr. Amit

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Kumar Mangalam Birla, the new chairman of IIM-A

Soon after Naik's resignation, a search committee to select the new IIM-A chairman was formed. The panel included Naik as its head, with Sanjay Lalbhai of the Arvind Group, Pankaj Patel of Zydus Cadila and D Shivakumar of Pepsico India as members. The HRD ministry has appointed the 49-year-old chairman of the USD 41 billion industrial conglomerate of Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla

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Former Google Search Head Amit Singhal Joins Paytm’s Board Of Directors

Former Google Search Head Amit Singhal Joins Paytm's Board Of Directorsi. Former Google Search Head Amit Singhal(48) Joins Paytm Board of Directors to strengthens its financial and technology management. He has been instrumental in shaping Google Search and was one of the earliest team members.  Paytm’s board currently consists of its CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, along with SAIF

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ICICI, Axis, StanChart got back $2.5 bn of Essar loans

About$2.5 billion were made to the three lenders as part of the first tranche of the repayment schedule. The $13-billion sale of Essar Oil to Russia‘s Roseneft has helped lenders, including  ICICI Bank, Axis bank and StanChart, recover a combined $2.5 billion in part payment of their exposure to the Essar Group. The two Indian lenders — which together had an exposure of $1.5 billion will get back nearly

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NABARD sanctions RS19k cr loans for 50 irrigation projects

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) said it has sanctioned Rs 19,702 crore loan to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) for 50 irrigation projects. The loan is sanctioned under Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF), announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Budget 2016-17. This would help create additional irrigation potential of 39.14 lakh hectares under

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World Bank must aid countries to manage shift away from coal

The global development lenders like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ABD) must provide help countries including India to shift away from coal for energy purpose. It was proposed by the World Coal Association to finance countries to help them to shift from their to more efficient technologies so that they can meet their COP21 commitments. Why should global development lenders

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Government to provide higher subsidy for airlines connecting two regional airports

The Union Government will provide higher a subsidy to airlines that operate flights between two regional airports under the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The subsidy amount given to airlines that operate between two unserved or underserved airports will be 10% higher than sum offered to airlines that connect only one regional airport. Key Facts The subsidy will be provided under the UDAN (Ude

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DGAD Recommends Anti-Dumping Duty on Jute

Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has recommended anti-dumping duty of 5-20 per cent on jute and jute products to protect the domestic industry. The recommendations of DGAD would require Finance Ministry’s nod before the anti-dumping duty is imposed. The DGAD had last year initiated anti-dumping investigation against imports of products comprising jute yarn/twine,

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G Balakrishna, Bengaluru water tanker driver, crowned Mr Asia 2016

G Balakrishna in October 2016 won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. 25-year-old Balakrishna is a Bengaluru-based water tanker driver. In 2013, he won Mr Universe Under-24 junior contest in Germany . In 2014, he won Mr Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens. He joined the water-tanker business in 2010 in Whitefild,

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Udaipur Born Author’s Book Shortlisted for the Best Author Award 2017

The Udaipur born author Arefa Tehsin has been shortlisted for the prestigious The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017 for her book Wild in the Backyard published by Penguin. The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Awards, the first Indian awards to promote excellence in Indian children’s books, recognises Indian works in English and English translation. Goodbooks, a website for

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police Dog, Horse Awarded Special Service Medals

GREATER NOIDA:  Dog 'Sophia' and horse 'Thunderbolt'-- the four-legged soldiers of border guarding force ITBP-- today created history by becoming the first animals which were decorated with special service medals. While seven-year-old Thunderbolt is part of the Animal Transport unit of the force, 'lifeline' of the force at high-altitude forward posts, 3-year-old Sophia undertakes special sniffing

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AIIMS, Ganga Ram doctors chosen for Dr B C Roy award

Two doctors each from the AIIMS and the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) have been selected for the prestigious Dr B C Roy Award for excellence in the field of medicine. Randeep Guleria, Head of Pulmonology, and C S Yadav of department of orthopaedics, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have been chosen for the award. Chairman of Board of Management at SGRH D S Rana and 

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Renato Sanches wins 2016 European Golden Boy award

The Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has been named 2016’s European Golden Boy, beating Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford into second place. The annual award for Europe’s most impressive footballer under the age of 21 is run by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who will present the trophy to Sanches at a ceremony in Monte Carlo on Monday night. The 19-year-old, who

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or. Both were on the 2016 shortlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Ballon d'Or sponsors France Football

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UP’s Yash Bharti Awards Announced

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced the names of 54 persons for the ‘Yash Bharti’ awards for the year 2016-17.Yash Bharti is a coveted award of Uttar Pradesh and is given annually to eminent people from various walks of life. It carries a citation, a shawl and a cash award of Rs 11 lakh.Main

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Conferred Highest French Civil Distinction

NEW DELHI:  The highest French civil distinction, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) was conferred today on Biocon Chairperson and MD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. The award was conferred by French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler on behalf of the President of the French Republic.The honour comes in recognition of her outstanding contribution and dedication to the

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Karnataka’s Almatti dam awarded by World Bank

Almatti dam, one of the largest reservoirs in Karnataka, was chosen for the World Bank’s Award of Excellence for best utilisation of funds for renovation to enhance the strength of the dam. The World Bank had granted Rs.72 crore to the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited to prevent seepage which could damage the dam . Karnataka’s Almatti dam awarded by World Bank.

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Luis Suarez receives 2nd European Golden Shoe of his career

Luis Suarez was awarded with the European Golden Shoe after scoring 40 goals for Barcelona last season and It is the second time he’s won the prize, having shared it with Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago. Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. In July 2014, he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona

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Air India flies Delhi-San Francisco nonstop over Pacific, and into record books

Air India has become the first ever flight to flown over the Pacific Ocean from Delhi to San Fransico (SFO), instead of the Atlantic.  Air India flew non-stop over the Ocean making the record of operating the world’s longest nonstop flight. Air India is the flag carrier airline of India and the third-largest airline in India in terms of passengers carried, after IndiGo and Jet Airways. It is owned by Air India Limited,

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BCCI approves use of DRS in India-England Test series

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given its consent for using the Decision Review System (DRS) in the forthcoming five-Test series against England in November 2016. BCCI will use the DRS on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements and changes made to the system over a period of time. Earlier, BCCI as well as many members of the current Indian cricket team including Captain

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In a first, Karate is now an Olympic sport

Karate has been included for the first time in Olympics and promises to throw light on the rich history of the discipline. At the 2020 Tokyo Games, 80 competitors will take part in the karate event. It joins surfing, skateboarding, climbing and baseball-softball as new sports included for the 2020 edition. In its press release, IOC described the decision as “the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic

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Dhoni Completes 9000 ODI Runs

India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has completed 9000 runs in one-day internationals.With this mark, he has become the fifth Indian and third wicketkeeper batsman to complete 9000 runs in one-day internationals. Dhoni achieved the feat during the third ODI against New Zealand in Mohali. He joined an elite club of Indian cricketers, who have scored more than 9000

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Crutchlow Wins Australian MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow beat world champion Marc Marquez at Australia’s Phillip Island to win only his second MotoGP. Cal Crutchlow has become the first British rider to win the Australian Grand Prix as he secured his second MotoGP victory at Phillip Island. Honda’s Crutchlow, 30, is the first Briton since Barry Sheene in 1979 to win more than once race in a season. Crutchlow turns 31 next week and was

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FIFA gives Guwahati a nod for hosting Under-17 World Cup games

Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year's Under-17 football World Cup after a FIFA inspection team gave its thumbs up to the venue's preparedness and facilities. The FIFA delegation along with members of the Local Organising Committee visited the site and had a comprehensive look at the stadium and the training facilities. Tournament Director of the LOC, Mr

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Hamilton Wins US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Britain driving for Mercedes, won the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.German Nico Rosberg came in second and was followed by Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia. German Sebastian Vettel, driving for Ferraro, came in fourth, followed by Spain’s Fernando Alonso, with McLaren-Honda. Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz, also from Spain, was sixth and Brazil’s Felipe

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Virat Kohli hits 26th ODI hundred, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya now

Virat Kohli led India’s reply to New Zealand’s 285 runs with an unbeaten 154. This is his 26th ODI century, which makes him the fourth highest in the all time century list in the format. Kohli made the total in 134 balls, smashing 13 fours and 1 six in the process. This is also the highest score by any batsman in an ODI match at Mohali. He surpassed MS Dhoni’s 139 against Australia in 2013. Amongst

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Abhijeet Gupta created history at Hoogeveen International.

Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament by becoming the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded at the Dutch hamlet. Abhijeet lived up to his top billing, and scored 7.5 points out of a possible nine to win the title solely ahead of second placed Grandmaster Sandipan

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ICC quadruples funding for 2017 Women’s World Cup

Cricket officials have promised to give women cricketers equivalent travel rights to their male counterparts during the Women’s World Cup in London next year. The decision is a shift of policy since the World Twenty20 in India earlier this year when ICC paid for all the men’s teams to fly business class, while the women’s teams flew economy, leaving Australia as the only nation to pay

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Sakshi to skip National Wrestling Championship

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) issued a press release informing about the National Wrestling Championship for men and women to be held in Gonda, Uttar Praedesh. On the top of the list, they mentioned Sakshi Malik’s name as one of the participants. However, it seems that the Olympic bronze medallist was not consulted for the event. “I don’t know how my name has been mentioned in the

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North Korea win 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

North Korea’s women’s U-17 team has been a powerhouse for nearly a decade and now they are U-17 World Cup champions for the second time. The North Koreans beat Japan in penalty kicks to win the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup , capping an undefeated tournament. North Korea and Japan played to a scoreless draw for 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time couldn’t separate the two so

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India win kabaddi world cup third time

India survived a stiff challenge from Iran in the final to win their third straight Kabaddi World Cup title at Ahmedabad’s TransStadia Arena. In perhaps the most exciting match of this World Cup, the Indians overturned a first-half deficit with a superb second-half performance to win 38-29. India have thus won all the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far. They have beaten Iran in the finals of all the three

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New Millipede Species Has 414 Legs and 4 Penises

A pale, thread-like creature found lurking in a California cave is a brand-new species of millipede. The stringy arthropod has 414 legs and four "penises," limbs that were converted over evolutionary time into structures that transfer sperm. Only a single specimen of the new species has been found, a male, so researchers don't know what the females look like. The millipede hails from a marble cavern called

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Smooth-coated otter sighted for first time in Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest adjacent to the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. Seven otters, including a family of four, were found in a playful mood. They were photographed while preying on the fish in the brackish waters. The forest authorities with the support of a local wetland researcher, A. Venkata Appa Rao, have

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Climate change can make fish swim towards predators

ONDON: Climate change is disrupting the sensory systems of fish and can even make them swim towards predators, instead of away from them, say researchers. These abnormal behaviours are linked to the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) on how the brain processes signals from sensory organs, according to the study published in the journal Global Change Biology.The researchers showed that

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Manohar Parrikar Releases Book On Fighter Pilot MP Anil Kumar

NEW DELHI:  A book chronicling the life of fighter pilot MP Anil Kumar, who became an icon of armed forces through his prolific writings despite having been paralysed after an accident, was today released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The minister said everyone should draw inspiration from Mr Kumar's determination and adopt it. MP, as he was fondly called, was a MiG 21 fighter pilot.

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Kribhco and Morocco's OCP to set up $230 mn fertiliser plant in AP

Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (Kribhco) and Morocco’s OCP have formed a 50:50 joint venture firm to develop a large-scale greenfield NPK fertiliser plant in Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The plant, to be built with an initial investment of approximately $ 230 million (about Rs 1,500 crore), will have an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonne (MT) of NPK fertilisers. Furthermore, the

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IIIM-CSIR opens cGMP plant in Jammu for phyto-pharmaceuticals

Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), a part of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), has opened a cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) compliant plant at its Jammu campus for extraction, formulation and packaging of medicinal plant based phyto-pharmaceutical drugs. The plant was inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and


AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

Telecommunications giant AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner for about $85.4 billion to expand beyond it’s wireless and Internet service into programming. It is one of the biggest media tie-ups ever. AT&T will pay $107.50 a share a big premium over where Time Warner stock was trading last week. Including Time Warner’s debt, the deal’s value is $109 billion. Time Warner is the parent of CNN,

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Power Grid’s board approves investments of ₹1k crore

Power Grid Corp  said its board had approved proposals to invest Rs 1,184.45 crore in power transmission projects across India. The company’s board of directors, in its on Saturday, approved three investment proposals, Power Grid Corp said. The board approved the proposal “Augmentation of Transformation Capacity in Southern Region” at an estimated Rs 167.75 crore, with commissioning

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Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh begins three-day visit to Bahrain

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that India and Bahrain are working together to further strengthen security and counter-terrorism cooperation between both the countries. Embarking on a three-day visit to Bahrain today, Shri Rajnath Singh said that he looks forward to the visit to Bahrain on the invitation of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen Sheikh Rashid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. India and

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Exhibition showcasing Indians’ history launched in Singapore

An exhibition on 200-year-old history of Indians showcasing early days of cattle traders, laundry men and brick-makers has been launched in Singapore Trade and industry minister S Iswaran yesterday launched the exhibition at the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) in the “Little India” precinct. The exhibition, “Once Upon a Time in Little India”, details the lives of early South Asian migrants, who came to call

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Fattest Woman of the World

36 Year Old Iman Ahmad Abdulati, an woman from Egypt has become the world’s fattest woman.Having weight of 500 kg, she has not left her home in Alexandria for 25 years and is unable to move from her bed or even roll over because of her enormous size. She relies on her mother and sister Chaymaa Abdulati to perform everyday tasks like eating, changing clothes, cleaning and relieving

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Sikkim Govt to organise 15-day trek to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim government is planning to launch eco-tourism at Mt Kanchenjunga. When launched, this initiative will let adventure lovers, mountaineers and trekkers circumambulate the mountain in a 15-day trek. The trek will start from the Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP) and will bring travellers in closest encounters with the snow-capped peaks, the local temples, the flora, the fauna and the unique

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Indore to get RS.50 crore Information Technology park

In a bid to make the city an infotech hub on the lines of Bengaluru, Madhya Pradesh minister Rajendra Shukla  laid the foundation stone for a Rs 50-crore IT park here. The park, spread over 2 lakh square feet, will be built at a cost of Rs 50 crore. The foundation stone was laid on the eve of Global Investors Summit (GIS) in the city. Finance Minister Jayant Mallayya, who is also District Guardian Minister,

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Andhra declares 245 mandals in 7 districts as drought-hit

Andhra Pradesh Government  declared 245 mandals in seven districts of the state as drought-affected during the Kharif agricultural season because of deficient rainfall during the southwest monsoon period. As against the normal 556 mm, the state received 533.8 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30 this year, marking a deviation of minus four (-4) per cent. In 2015, the deviation in rainfall was -5.4

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Bihar to start new public feedback programme

Having discontinued “Janata Darbar”, the Bihar government is set to introduce a “Lok Samvad” programme in an effort to get public feedback and suggestions to help improve its different programmes. The Bihar Cabinet   gave its nod to “Lok Samvad” under the Cabinet Secretariat department. It is set to start from December. Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said under Lok

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Rajasthan to launch India’s 1st indigenous olive oil brand

After eight years of harnessing olive saplings brought from Israel, Rajasthan is all set to launch next month its own brand olive oil, which it claims, will be the country’s first indigenously-produced brand. “The state will be launching its olive oil under the brand ‘Raj Olive Oil’ at the Global Rajasthan Agri-tech Meet (GRAM),” state Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said. After the product’s launch, the

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India to host 1st Asian disaster risk reduction conference

Modi Government is hosting the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). It is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda and identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk – ‘reducing the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention’. The

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G-20 Anti Corruption Working Group (ACWG) meeting held in Paris

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) held a 6th joint Experts Meeting on Corruption in Paris, France. The meeting was chaired jointly by the FATF President, Mr. Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano (Spain) and the G20 ACWG Co-Chair, Mr. Creon Butler (United Kingdom). Focus: On transparency and beneficial ownership given the topic’s priority in both

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Three day long Global Conference to Make India the Centre for Arbitration held in New Delhi

The first ever Global Conference to Strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India held in New Delhi. The three day long conference titled, “National Initiative On Strengthening Arbitration And Enforcement In India” from October 21st to 23rd, 2016 is being launched by the Government and Judiciary as a major initiative to change the face of dispute resolution in India.  For the first time six leading

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Sri Lanka, India, Maldives To Begin Sea Exercise

 COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives will begin a four-day Coast Guard exercise in the Maldives on Tuesday to strengthen corporation and enhance the interoperability of forces. The Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sagara left for the Maldives from Colombo in order to take part in the tri-lateral exercise dubbed "DOSTI - XIII", reports Xinhua

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Indian Navy said goodbye to world’s oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat

INS Viraat, the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, was accorded a grand send-off from the port city in Kochi, after over five decades of its service to the Navy. INS Viraat to be developed as tourism centreii. The ship, which underwent a withdrawing refit, is being towed back by three tugs to Mumbai for the decommissioning ceremony, was reported by a Navy official. The final journey of the carrier

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Air Pollution Can Affect Blood Pressure, Says Study

PARIS, FRANCE:  Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers.Constant noise pollution -- especially traffic -- also boosts the likelihood of hypertension, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal. High blood pressure is the most important risk

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Dinosaurs Were Social Animals, Not Solo Creatures, Reveals Latest Study

TORONTO:  Dismissing a common perception that dinosaurs were solitary, vicious monsters, researchers have found evidence that just like most modern animals, these gigantic creatures too loved company and they lived and died together in groups. "The common mythology of dinosaurs depicts solitary, vicious monsters running around eating everything," said one of the researchers Gregory

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New Solar Cell Can Help India Save Rs. 6,000 Crore In Cost: Report

NEW DELHI:  The University of New South Wales (UNSW) today said its new solar cell technology can help India save Rs. 6,000 crore annually in operational costs. The technology will be showcased during a roundtable discussion in Sydney with Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday, UNSW said in a release. According to the release, UNSW has developed Passivated Emitter and Rear

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Global CO2 concentration reaches 400 parts per million in 2015: WMO

The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounted for about 65% of radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases. The pre-industrial level of about 278 ppm represented a balance between the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere. Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels has altered the natural balance

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Jack Chick Passes Away

Cartoonist Jack Chick has passed away at the age of 92, according to a Facebook post made by Chick Publications. Chick was known for his small comic strip booklets, called "Chick tracts," that warned of social dangers through the lens of Chick's fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Chick tracts warned of the dangers of everything from rock music, to Freemasonry, to Catholocism, Judaism, and Islam. One of

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British Singer Pete Burns Dies At 57

British singer Peter Burns, best known as the frontman for 1980s band Dead or Alive, died from massive cardiac arrest, his family said on Monday. He was 57. Burns, known for his androgynous image, rose to fame with Dead or Alive's 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," and became part of the British punk, electro and dance-pop scene. "He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented

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Qatar's former ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani passes away at 84

DOHA: Qatar has announced three days of national mourning after the former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was deposed in a palace coup, died aged 84. The former ruler, the grandfather of the current Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, died yesterday, according to an official statement from the royal palace. During his time as leader from 1972 to 1995, he oversaw the transformation of modern-

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Prominent Anti-Vietnam War Activist Tom Hayden Dead At 76: Reports

Tom Hayden, a 1960s anti-war activist and one of the era's most prominent, counter-culture radicals who went on to serve in the California state assembly and senate, has died aged 76, according to media reports. Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness, The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site. Hayden forged his political activism while a student at the University of

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Veteran Assamese editor Tilak Hazarika passes away

He lived with self-pride and died in calm. A scribe of repute, an editor of commitment and an author with humor, Tilak Hazarika passed away on the early hours of 22 October. The 95 crossed Assamese gentleman was admitted in the hospital on 19 September following a brain stroke, where the accomplished writer breathed his last. The veteran journalist, who was engaged with the popular

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Marathi actress Ashwini Ekbote dies after collapsing on stage during performance

Classical danseuse and Marathi actress Ashwini Ekbote passed away. Ashwini the 44-year-old, who had also acted in several plays, was performing at the Bharat Natyamandir, Pune died after collapsing on stage during a performance. Marathi actress Ashwini Ekbote dies after collapsing on stage during

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Mehar Mittal, legend of comedy in Punjabi movies passes away

Veteran Punjabi comedy actor Mehar Mittal passed away in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. He was 81.ii. Mittal was a staple for Punjabi movies for decades. He worked in more than 100 movies and ruled the screen for over three decades. His famous movie was ‘Maa Da Ladla’ in 1969  , other  some notable movies are ‘Sacha Mera Roop Hai’, ‘Qurbani Jatt Di’, ‘Chann Pardesi’, ‘Santo Banto’, ‘Sawa Lakh Se Ek

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First woman to climb Everest dies aged 77

The first woman to climb Mount Everest, Junko Tabei, has died aged 77. The Japanese climber had been diagnosed with cancer and died at a hospital outside of Tokyo. Tabei reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain in 1975, at the age of 35. In 1992, she also became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits, reaching the highest peaks of the seven continents. Tabei climbed her

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Civil services exam: Centre refuses to share Baswan committee’s report on revamp

New Delhi: The Centre has refused to share a report of Baswan committee, that has suggested changes in civil services exam pattern. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan, to review the scheme of civil services examination, in August last year.

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HRD ministry may replace TSR Subramanian-led committee for new education policy

NEW DELHI: The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry plans to constitute a new committee for formulating the new education policy and it is likely to be headed by an educationist, a senior ministry official said — an indication that the TSR Subramanian-led committee, constituted to propose and draft the new education policy by former HRD minister Smriti Irani, would be

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ICGS Aryaman and Atulya Commissioned into Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’, the 18th and 19th in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, were commissioned . The commissioning was done by Financial Adviser to Defence Services Sunil Kumar Kohli. Additional Director General K Natarajan, Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), was present on the

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Delhi govt forms panel for report on solid waste management

the Delhi government  formed a three-member committee which will submit a report on solid waste management by November 10. The decision to form the committee, which will be headed by Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, was taken today at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence. “We have decided to form a three-member ministerial committee headed by

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. Union Government inks loan pact with World Bank for Eastern Freight Corridor

The government  signed an agreement for a $650 million loan from the World Bank towards the third tranche for construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) designed for faster movement of goods between northern and eastern parts of India. According to an Indian Finance Ministry release, the “objective of the EDFC-III Project is to augment rail transport capacity, improve

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