03 Nov 2016

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Vigilance Awareness Week observed across India

Vigilance Awareness Week was observed across India beginning from 31 October 2016 to promote probity in public life and achieve a corruption free society. The theme of the Vigilance Awareness Week 2016 was Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption. The observance of week commenced with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks and all other

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed globally

2 November: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was observed globally on 2 November 2016. The Day is celebrated to spread awareness against the violence and crimes done to journalists and media workers and to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to

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Scientists discover green rice in Rice Bowl of India

A new variety of rice seed that is light green in colour was discovered in Chhattisgarh(Rice Bowl of India) said by  A K Sarawgi, head of department of genetics and breeding in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University.

ii. The seed was provided to the university by farmers from Dhamtari and Durg districts. Based on the sample, the university scientists were conducting the study. 

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Amrita becomes first university in India to get Unesco Chair for gender equality and women's development

COIMBATORE: The United Nations has officially made Amrita University India's first ever Unesco Chair on gender equality and women's empowerment. The official bestowing of the Unesco Chair on the Coimbatore-based university took place in Paris on Wednesday during a spiritual programme of Amrita University's chancellor Amritanandamayi Devi.  Guests at the event included Ruchira Kamboj, ambassador

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TRAI sets 512 kbps as minimum broadband speed in India

India’s Telecom regulatory authority, TRAI, has made it compulsory for all the Broadband providers to at least ensure a minimum speed of 512Kbps after users exhaust their initial data quota.  The mandate also asks the service providers both fixed and wired to clearly notify the users about the throttled speed instead of masking it with the unlimited internet shenanigans. The ruling is surprising since TRAI had earlier

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Bhopal Encounter and its Legality

Recent Bhopal encounter in which 8 SIMI terrorist been shot dead, has raised many eyebrows within the country. Some are raising the question over legality of Bhopal encounter—terming it as a fake encounter, some are crying for human right. There are many climax version of this escaping story.  However if we go with the eyewitnesses account, this instance at prima facie seems these men after killing the police personnel

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MoU signed for enabling online submission of applications under PMAY

The government allowed online applications for affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) from November 3, with an aim to ease the process and boost the number of applications. In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Wednesday between Amrit Abhijat, joint secretary, ministry of housing & urban poverty alleviation (HUPA) and Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, Common Services Centre

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NHPC commissions 50 MW wind power project in Rajasthan

NHPC, India’s largest hydropower generation company, announced that it has commissioned its 50 Megawatt (MW) wind power project (WPP) in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The project achieved synchronization with the national grid in the month of October. NHPC has signed a power purchase agreement with Inox wind and Rajasthan government to set up 25 turbines of 2 MW for the project. NHPC is engaged in the

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1000 MW Wind Power Projects connected to ISTS scheme

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued Guidelines for transparent bidding process for implementation of Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to inter-state transmission system (ISTS). As per Guidelines the Wind Power Projects will be selected through open and transparent competitive bidding followed by e-reverse auction and the capacity may go higher than 1000

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Online registration for Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna will start from November 3

The government has allowed online applications for affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) from Thursday. This is expected to ease the process and boost the number of applications. In a significant initiative, the housing ministry has enabled online submission of applications by the urban poor for affordable houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) from November 3. A Memorandum

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Union Government is developing National Data Registry

The Union Government is developing a National Data Registry (NDR) to compile and serve metadata of different agencies and re-engineer the feature data sets for improving their use. The registry will also serve as a source of authenticated information. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will be the nodal coordinating agency of the NDR. NDR will require all agencies state, private and academic, collecting and

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PM Narendra Modi launches Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 November 2016 launched the Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh. The scheme aims at providing solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price. With the launch of the scheme, Chhattisgarh becomes the first state to implement the scheme. Under the scheme, solar powered irrigation pumps of 3HP and 5HP capacity worth 3.5 lakh rupees and 4.5 lakh rupees respectively will be

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I & B Ministry prepared promotional funds for India’s entry to Oscars ,other festivals.

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Information & Broadcasting announced that the Government has taken a new initiative to create a Film Promotion Fund to promote Indian cinema in the International Film Festivals.The announcement was made at the press conference of 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).The financial support would be provided to the filmmakers to promote their films at

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Tipu Sultan a monarch, not freedom fighter, observes Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court Wednesday questioned the state government’s logic behind celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, observing he wasn’t a freedom fighter but a monarch who fought to safeguard his interests. “What is the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti? Tipu was not a freedom fighter, but a monarch who fought the opponents to safeguard his interests,” Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, presiding over

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Supreme Court Order in Manipur Case Makes Judicial Inquiry Into Bhopal Encounter Mandatory

The encounter in Bhopal in which eight under trial prisoners were killed has given rise to doubts over whether it was genuine or fake. On the basis of media reports, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Madhya Pradesh chief secretary, director general of police and the director general and inspector general of prisons to send detailed reports, within six weeks, about the encounter deaths. But the

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Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 comes into force

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, designed to curb black money and passed by parliament in August 2016, came into effect. The new law amended the Benami Transactions Act, 1988 and renamed as the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act, 1988. The amendment act also to strengthen the parent Act in terms of legal and administrative procedure. What is benami transaction?

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China Launches 33rd Antarctic Expedition To Build New Base

BEIJING:  China launched its 33rd expedition to Antarctica as its research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) left Shanghai today on a 161-day voyage to build a new base on the white continent. A 256-member team has embarked on their trip of 31,000 nautical miles, Sun Bo, deputy director of the Polar Research Institute of China, who leads the team said. They will visit the Zhongshan, Kunlun, Taishan and

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NASA Completes Construction Of World's Largest Space Telescope

WASHINGTON:  US space agency NASA has completed the construction of the world's largest space telescope, after almost two decades. The James Webb Space Telescope is considered to be the successor to NASA's 26-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, the agency announced on Wednesday. NASA said an Ariane 5 rocket will launch it from French Guiana in October 2018, Xinhua news agency reported. "Today,

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Sanjiv Arora appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lebanon

Sanjiv Arora appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lebanon. An Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Sanjiv Arora has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lebanon by Ministry of External Affairs.

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ATM Manufacture NCR bags largest ATM order from SBI for over 7,000 machines

US-based ATM manufacturer NCR Corporation has bagged the single largest order from SBI to install over 7,000 cash-vending machines said by SBI Deputy Managing Director and Chief Information Officer Mrutyunjay Mahapatra.  It is the single largest ATM order in the country and it will worth Rs 334 crore. It has to be executed over the next seven years, and it will deploy 7,070 cash-vending machines, software

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CVC asked banks to report frauds of Rs one crore and above

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in October 2016 asked the public sector banks to share their reports relating to all loan frauds involving funds over one crore rupees. Till date, such reports were shared with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only. With this, the banks will have to report the modus operandi of all the alleged frauds to the CVC, which will share these details with other banks to prevent such cases being

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Austarlia announced 19 grants worth $6.3 million for projects with India

The Australian government announced 19 grants worth $6,30,000 dollars for several projects in the field of education, science, sports, arts and culture.The successful grants included an exchange between TAFE NSW and India’s Centurion University to share expertise for training individual learners, jointly between University of New South Wales and Indian scientists to develop effective new water purification systems for

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RCEP members worry greater market access to china.

RCEP is the proposed big-regional Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between 16 Asia-Pacific countries including India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10-member ASEAN. RCEP The concerns of 15 Asia-Pacific nations including India, over agreeing to give larger market access to Chinese goods without gaining similarly in return, are apparently to take centre-stage in the forthcoming

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Govt to launch equity fund of up to $2 billion.

The Indian government and three state-run firms would jointly prepared an equity fund of up to $2 billion for renewable energy companies to help New Delhi meet its clean energy goals.Private and public companies would be able to immerse into an initial amount of more than $1 billion starting next fiscal year.. India’s government hopes the Clean Energy Equity Fund (CEEF) would attract pension and insurance funds from

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Kolkata-born Sarabjit Singh Marwah becomes Canada's first Sikh Senator

Former Scotiabank Vice Chairman Sarabjit Singh Marwah has become the first Sikh to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Toronto-based Marwah, who retired as from Scotiabank in 2014, is among six people from Ontario who have appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In appointing him to the Senate, the Canadian Prime Minister has lauded Marwah for his efforts "to showcase the rich diversity of

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Indian actor Rekha to get Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai film fest

Indian actor Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region of both Doha and Abu Dhabi. Rekha Ganesan better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film  Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema.

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Saudi Arabia Awards Water Prize to Eight Scientists at UN Headquarters

United Nations: Saudi Arabia awarded eight scientists the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water at a ceremony at United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The ceremony was hosted by U.N. Friends of Water and presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with the prize committee chairman Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz. The bi-annual prize, established in 2002,

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Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2016 at a function in New Delhi on Wednesday. The bigest annual event in the Indian media calendar, the awards acknowledge exceptional work across 28 categories in print, broadcast and online journalism in English, Hindi and regional languages. Instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation in 2005 to celebrate the legacy

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Indian researcher awarded by German Education Ministry

Shamik Chowdhury, a 29- year-old PhD student in environmental engineering from the National University of Singapore was among 25 scholars awarded for their innovative green ideas by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Chowdhury was selected for Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development because of his interdisciplinary research combining urban

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PM Modi felicitates Deepa Malik with Rs 4 cr cash reward

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  felicitated Rio Paralympics medal winner Deepa Malik with a cash award of Rs 4 crore. Malik, who hails from Haryana, was the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics in Rio. She won a silver medal in the women’s shot put event with a throw of 4.61m at the Paralympics. Modi, who was sitting on a dais along with Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief

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World Cup top-scorer Klose retires at 38

Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement from football on 1 November 2016. Klose, 38, the leading scorer of Germany with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season. Now, the former world-class striker plans to join Germany's coaching staff after an invitation from head coach Joachim Loew. For the purpose, he will have to attend a set

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Indian shuttler Pratul wins men’s singles title at Bahrain International Challenge

Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi on 30 October 2016 won the men’s singles title of the Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament. This was his maiden international title. In the summit clash played at Segayya in Bahrain, Pratul defeated Aditya Joshi 21-17, 12-21, 21-15. On the other hand, the women’s singles title went to Sri fatmawati of Indonesia. In the final clash, she defeated compatriot Asty Dwi

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Agriculture ministry to assist 'mandis' for setting up waste management plants

NEW DELHI: As part of the Centre's cleanliness mission, the agriculture ministry has decided to provide Rs 10 lakh each to 585 'mandis' (wholesale agriculture markets) across the country for setting up waste management plants to treat both biodegradable non-biodegradable wastes. Besides, the ministry has also decided to earmark 1% fund of its flagship Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) for the cleanliness drive.

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Russia invites India to join fast-neutron reactor project

Russia has invited India to join in developing next-generation nuclear reactors and to participate in its fast-reactor research project. The multipurpose fast research reactor project known by Russian acronym MBIR is coming up as the International Research Centre (IRC) in Dimitrovgrad located in the Ulyanovsk region. What is purpose of this project? Creation of a new technological platform for nuclear energy, which will be

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LinkedIn Inks MoU With Govt To Create More Jobs For Students

US based LinkedIn has signed an agreement with Ministry of Human Resource Development to create more job opportunities in India. According to the  MoU, LinkedIn’s ‘Placements’ product which was launched in September 2016 will be adopted by all colleges affiliated with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). More than two lakh students will be registered for the product and there were over 1.2 US based

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India Says Withdrawing 8 Diplomats From Pakistan

NEW DELHI:  Eight Indian diplomats will be withdrawn from Pakistan as their identity has been compromised after reports in the local media, sources in the External Affairs Ministry told NDTV. The names and pictures of the diplomats were put in the public domain in Pakistan, said sources. Earlier, Pakistani media reported that Islamabad may expel as many as five Indian diplomats suspected of spying.

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Australia, Indonesia consider joint patrols in South China sea

Australia is considering joint military patrols with Indonesia in the contested waters of the South China Sea amid growing concerns in the west that a Chinese diplomatic offensive in Southeast Asia is upending the region’s balance of power. Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, confirmed that Canberra was exploring options with Jakarta aimed at increasing maritime co-operation, including co-ordinated activities in the South

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Delhi govt launches Rs.200Cr Yamuna riverfront project at Sonia Vihar

The Delhi government has launched the Yamuna riverfront Project at the second annual ‘Yamuna Aarti’ event aarti at the Dhai Pusta, in Sonia Vihar in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 1, 2016.  Objective : To beautify the riverfront in the next one-and-a-half years . Outlay of the project : Rs. 200-crore. It has plans to re-imagine the river banks at Sonia Vihar and Geeta ghat also will be  revamped.

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Kerala to launch ‘tea museum’ next month

The country’s first “tea museum” was inaugurated at Munnar in the high ranges of Kerala’s Idukki district. The museum gives a glimpse of the tea plantation and its growth over 100 years in this once verdant hilly district of Kerala. The Acting MD of Tata Tea P Signaporia formally inaugurated the museum. The curios and memorabilia kept in the museum included the original tea roller to the present fully automated tea

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PM Modi inaugurates Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 3-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, AMCDRR, in New Delhi today. Addressing a press briefing on Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction-2016, Home Minister Rajnath Singh outlined the agenda of the conference which sets out to implement Sendai framework of 2015 for calamities in the Asian region. This is the first major

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China unveiled J – 20 Stealth jet fighterS

China displayed its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time on  the function of opening the country’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers with a show of its military power. Scientists discover green rice in Rice Bowl of Indiaii. The J-20 fighter is called Beijing’s answer to the US F-22 stealth fighter and the F-35 that would be soon bring into the action in the Pacific by the United States and Japan. The J-

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S&P rules out India upgrade for next 2 yrs, govt hits back

Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on Wednesday reiterated its sovereign rating and outlook on India but ruled out any upgrade for this year and the next, citing weak public finances. The government slammed S&P's statement saying there was a 'disconnect' between rating agencies' views and investor perception on India. The US-based ratings agency maintained the lowest investment grade rating of 'BBB-'

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Football World Cup trophy designer Silvio Gazzaniga dies at 95

Football World Cup trophy designer Silvio Gazzaniga dies at 95i. Silvio Gazzaniga, the goldsmith and sculptor who designed and created football’s World Cup trophy, has died at home in Milan aged 95. He was known as “Mr Cups”,.he also designed UEFA Cup and the UEFA  Super Cup. Silvio Gazzaniga designed and created the World Cup trophy in 1971. FIFA World Cup trophy is 18-carat solid gold trophy

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma passes away

Jammu, Nov 3 :  Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma died here today after a prolonged illness. Sharma, 85, is survived by six sons. “Sharma was not well for the past some time and breathed his last this morning at his residence”, Congress Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said. He will be cremated tomorrow at Shastri Nagar, the spokesperson said. The six-time legislator also served

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Monitoring Committee to Review Control of Avian Influenza: Report

Monitoring Committee to Review Control of Avian Influenza: Report . The Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to oversee the outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza, reviewed the control and containment of the avian influenza situation today. Mortality Status

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Union health ministry sets up committee to review fire safety guidelines for hospitals

NEW DELHI: In a move to avoid fire accidents in hospitals, the Union health ministry has set up a committee to review fire safety guidelines for hospitals. The committee, with representations from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung hospital, will review the existing norms, the gaps in its implementation as well as the need for smoke management in

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Sebi revamps secondary market advisory committee

NEW DELHI: Markets regulator Sebi has reorganised the committee that advises it on matters related to secondary market, including suggesting steps to improve market safety, efficiency and transparency. The Secondary Market Advisory Committee is chaired by IIM Ahmedabad Professor and former whole-time member of Sebi, Jayanth R Varma. Besides Varma, the expert panel consists of 19 members, including top

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India, Palestine sign MoU for setting up of Techno Park in Ramallah

India and Palestine on 31 October 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for setting up of Palestine-India Techo Park in Ramallah. India has announced grant of 12 million US dollars for setting up the Park. Palestinian side has made the land available for the project. The announcement of the Techno Park was made during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Palestine in 2015. The Technopark will served as an IT

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