109th martyrdom day of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose observed in WB
The 109th martyrdom day of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose was observed in different parts of West Bengal today with solemnity. In Kolkata, State Minister garlanded the statue of Khudiram Bose in front of Kolkata High Court. In his ancestral home at Keshpur in Medinipur, several functions have been organised to observe the day.
Cabinet approves extension of maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks
Cabinet has approved the amendments made to the Maternity Benefits Act which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval for amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 by introducing the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016. AIR correspondent reports that the Bill is listed in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing.
Govt notifies national ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ policy
Government has notified the national ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ policy. Its aims is to achieve holistic development of children below six years of age. This was informed by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the Lok Sabha
US favours India’s military support to Afghanistan: Nicholson
Afghanistan has sought more military supplies from India including attack helicopters as it stepped up its offensive last week against terror groups. This was stated by the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson.
Infrastructure pressure on kali tiger reserve
Kali tiger reserve is the protected area and project tiger protected area situated in Uttar kannada district of state karnataka,India.The reserve boardering the state of Goa.The tiger reserve spread over the 1300 sq km.It is providing habitate for Bengal tigers,Black panthers,Indian elephants and some other distinctive species.Kali river flows through this tiger reserve .
Now some infrastructure projects proposed :
1.Proposal to widen the National highway 4A that connects Belagavi to Panaji
2.Indian railway wants to double its line from Hospete to Vasco
3.Hubbali-Ankola railway line
National highway project claim forest land 2.22 hectares in first phase and 7.64 hectares in second phase,proposed railway line passes through the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary in Uttara kannada district ,which is important tiger and elephan and another Hubbali-Ankola railway line cuts through yellapur in southern end of Uttar kannada
President gives nod for NEET Bill
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his nod to two bills passed recently by Parliament -The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016, and the Dentists (Amendment) Act, 2016, therefore there will be single test — the National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET) — for admission to medical and dental courses across the country. The NEET is intended to be introduced from the academic year 2017—18. These legislations have amended the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, and the Dentists Act, 1948, and replaced the Ordinances that were promulgated by the government to circumvent the Supreme Court order for implementation of NEET examination from this session itself.
Union Government approves Committee to examine enhancement of `Constant Daily Allowance’
The Union government has constituted a high-level committee comprising Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Posts, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training and Chairman, Railway Board as Members to examine enhancement of `Constant Daily Allowance’, paid to retired employees with 100 per cent disability where the person is completely dependent on somebody else for day-to-day functions, from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 6750 per month and fixed medical allowance to retired employees from Rs. 500 per month. Constant Daily Allowance is paid only if disability is attributable to or aggravated during the course of service.
MoU signed between Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Textiles
An MoU in this regard was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Textiles here on 7th August 2016, also the National Handloom Day to bring a paradigm shift in the handloom industry.
MSDE and the Ministry of Textiles have chalked out a new strategy for promoting production and marketing of high value quality handloom products with the key objective of enhancing the earnings of handloom weavers.
West Bengal Wins All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project Award 2015
West Bengal has been selected for the All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project Award 2015. This will be the first time the state will be receiving this award. The state was selected for this award by the 51st committee from the Indira Gandhi Krishi Bikash Kendra for its achievement in the four key areas that include scientific research for seeds. Earlier, West Bengal also had won the Krishi Kamran Puraskar for three consecutive years. Besides, state government has also bagged the award (second position) for participating in International Agriculture and Horticulture Expo held in July 2016 in New Delhi.
NITI Aayog to unveil National Energy Policy in 3 months
NITI Aayog is likely to unveil the new National Energy Policy in the next three months with a focus on air quality issue, renewable energy, natural gas, universal electrification and clean cooking fuel.
The policy will replace Integrated Energy Policy that envisioned a road map for sustainable growth with energy security over a reasonable period of time.
It was approved by the Union Cabinet in December 2008 during UPA regime. The official also said that the policy will also make a case of “polluter pays” in view of deteriorating air quality, industrial emission and vehicular pollution. It incorporate energy modelling, which in other words is computerised simulation of a building or complex that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy related items.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda the launch of MAA a flagship programme for promotion of breastfeeding
On 5th July 2016 Union Health Minister J P Nadda the launch of MAA (Mothers Absolute Affection), a flagship programme for promotion of breastfeeding. It is planning to be promoted at all levels, as it is the most natural and cost effective intervention of human development. The campaign MAA is a nationwide programme launched in an attempt to bring undiluted focus on promotion of breastfeeding and provision of counseling services for supporting breastfeeding through health systems. The event was attended by newly appointed Minister of States Anupriya Patel and Faggan Singh Kulaste and Madhuri Dixit, who is the UNICEF’s Celebrity advocate for the campaign.
Indian Railways among all sports organization in the country becomes the highest contributor for the Indian Olympic Contingent
With a rich sports heritage, Indian Railways’ sports persons are again set to bring more laurels to the nation. Continuing its run of glory in country’s sports arena, around 35 sports persons from Indian Railways will represent the nation in forthcoming XXXI Olympic Games being held at Rio, Brazil from 5-21 August, 2016. Indian railways’ contingent comprises of 1/3rd of the entire Indian Olympic contingent thus becoming the biggest contributor amongst all sports organizations in the country. In fact almost the entire Indian women hockey team comprises of Railway players, as is the weightlifting team.
Apple IBM open first global app development hub in India
On 4th August 2016 to accelerate digital transformation in India, IBM in partnership with Apple launched a global development hub called Garage for iOS apps in Bengaluru that will work with existing design locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Cupertino in the US and Toronto in Canada. The Garage will enable clients to complete digital mobility projects as quickly as possible. With each IBM MobileFirst for iOS client’s success, we see the conversation shifting from wanting a single app to cultivating a broader business transformation led by mobile.
There are 22 inter-disciplinary teams working at Garage in Bengaluru, using end-to-end DevOps, IBM Design Thinking and agile delivery approaches to deliver iOS solutions in weeks not months.
IBM also plans to open satellite centres in Brazil, China, Romania and ther countries.
Union Cabinet approves amendments in central list of OBC’s applicable to Amdra Pradesh and Telangana
On 4th August 2016 the government approved the amendments in the central list of other backward classes (OBCs) applicable to state of Andhra Pradesh and Telagana.This decision has been taken as per the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has recommended 35 changes in respect of Andhra Pradesh and 86 new entries for Telangana.
The 7th meeting of SAARC Immigration Authorities was held in Islamabad
On 4th August 2016 the 7th meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Immigration Authorities was held in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan’s Director General Immigration and Passports Usman A. Bajwa was unanimously elected as Chairman had chaired the meeting. It deliberated on development of security software for SAARC visa exemption scheme (SVES) and immigration matters. This software would help to transform the existing manual system of the scheme into an online visa application system.
It will have a central database that will provide all member states with real-time and secure information. SAARC visa exemption scheme (SVES) The SVES was launched in 1992 to liberalise visa regime the region by facilitating people to people contacts, among the peoples of SAARC countries.
North Korean fires ballistic missile into Japanese water
North Korea today test-fired another ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan. The test follows the launch of three ballistic missiles on July 19. The missile was launched from near the western North Korea city of Unyul at around 07:50 this morning. The latest test comes amid mounting tensions ahead of a planned US South Korea joint military exercise later this month. North Korea’s missile launch today is a violation of the United Security Council resolutions which prohibits a launch using any ballistic missile technology, and it is a grave provocation to the Korean peninsula and the international community.
Washington also quickly hit back, with the State Department and it was aware of the reports and warning it was prepared to defend any attack.
To recognise surroundings Bats build mental maps
Bats observe and remember echo templates to form mental maps of their environment, which helps them recognise their surroundings, a new study has found. Bats have excellent spatial memory, and navigate with ease to important locations including roosts an foraging grounds. However, exactly how these mammals recognise such places through echolocation – perception based on soundwaves and their echoes – is largely unknown. New research from the University of Bristol in the UK and University of Antwerp in Belgium suggests that bats observe and remember templates to help form a cognitive map of their environment.
Cabinet Approves 3 Percent Spectrum Usage Charge for Upcoming Auction
Cabinet has approved spectrum usage charge (SUC) at the rate of 3 percent of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) for the upcoming telecom spectrum auction. The auctions, scheduled for September, will see spectrum auctioned in all the major bands, including 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz and 2500MHz. This time there will be a total of 2,142 MHz put up for auction in these bands.
The Cabinet, on June 22, had cleared the proposal for auction in various bands, but wanted more clarifications on the issue of SUC as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecom (DoT) had differences on the issue. It acquired some spectrum later, on which higher SUC is being charged and the company is required to pay it as per the weighted average formula. The auction is expected to generate over Rs 5.60 lakh crore for the Centre and, at the same time, will allow operators to accumulate more spectrum, a critical ingredient in their plans to offer bandwidth-guzzling services such as video-on-demand and live television.
BrahMos to be deployed along Indo-China border
The government has sanctioned induction of additional BrahMos supersonic missiles, with steep dive capability and 290 km range, to be deployed in the Eastern sector to ramp up its capabilities along the border with China. Defence sources said the government has cleared the fourth BrahMos regiment at a cost of over Rs 4,300 crore. The regiment consists of around 100 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12×12 heavy-duty trucks and a mobile command post, among other hardware and software. In May 2015, the missile was under test by the Army and last known test of the missile in the Eastern sector. The steep-dive attack cruise missile can hit enemy targets hidden in the shadows of mountains.
Indian shot putter Inderjeet Singh fails doping test
On 26th July 2016 Indian shot putter Inderjeet Singh has been notified by the national anti-doping agency (NADA) that he has returned a positive test for banned substances in sample.
Inderjeet, who won the gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2015. The shot putter, who won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, is the second Rio-bound athlete from the country to fail a doping test after wrestler Narsingh Yadav tested positive last week for a banned steroid.
The positive test is the latest setback for Inderjeet, whose efforts to have his coach included in the delegation for Rio have been rebuffed by the country’s athletics federation due to the limited number of places available under the quota.
17 out of 686 Districts become open – defecation free
Only 17 out of the 686 Districts in the country have become open-defecation free so far, even as the government said rural sanitation programme was picking up under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Facts based on the Reports of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation –
1) 17 districts, 223 blocks, 31,077 gram panchayats and 68,808 villages have declared themselves as Open Defecation Free (ODF) as per the information uploaded by states on Integrated Management Information System (IMIS).
2) In rural areas, 207.49 lakh toilets have been constructed under the mission and sanitation coverage has increased to 53.45 per cent now. Whereas in urban areas, 58 cities and towns have so far become open defecation free.
3) While work has started on 1.40 community and public toilet seats and 68,506 seats have already been constructed.
4) There is 100 per cent door-to-door waste collection in 38,990 wards.
Lok Sabha passes Bill to amend debt recovery laws
The Lok Sabha on 1st August 2016, passed a crucial Bill that will pave the way for faster resolution of bad loans for banks and provide for swift action against ‘wilful defaulters’, The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by voice vote. The proposed law when enacted would amend four laws — Sarfaesi Act, DRT Act, Indian Stamp Act and Depositories Act
West Bengal passes proposal to become Bengal
The Mamata Banerjee government on 2nd July 2016 passed a proposal to change the name of West Bengal to Bengal. The proposal was approved at a Cabinet meeting held at the State Secretariat. The proposal suggests that in Bengali the name of the State will be Bangla or Banga and In English, the name will be Bengal. The decision was taken to protect the – interest and tradition of the State. Also a special session of the Assembly would be convened on August 26 to discuss only this issue. An all-party meeting would also be convened. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had presented with the idea of name change but the issue could be taken up then. After the name change proposal is passed by the Assembly, it has to be approved by Parliament. In the Bengali language, the state is currently referred to as ‘Pashchim Bengal’, which translates to ‘West Bengal. Punjab – which the British had divided up as ‘West’ Punjab and ‘East’ Punjab – Punjab was called just that by both India and Pakistan after Partition.
PM to interact with 172 newly inducted IAS officers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an interactive session today with 172 newly inducted IAS officers. These officers of 2014 batch started their career from yesterday as assistant secretaries in 48 central government departments. This is the second batch of IAS officers to have their first stint in the central government instead in their respective cadre States. They will work with the departments concerned for a period of three months.
Swachh Bharat Mission: Street plays to be held in Delhi till Aug 15
With a view to sensitise people on cleanliness and making Swachh Bharat Mission a mass movement, street plays will be held in all 70 Assembly constituencies of the national capital till 15th of August. Flagging off the initiative yesterday, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has desired Swachh Bharat Mission to be made a mass movement. Mr Naidu said, his ministry has always emphasized the need for behaviour change and cleanliness to become a part of everyone’s daily life.
Need to bring out people engaged in agriculture sector: Pawar
NCP President and former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has said, there is a need to bring out people engaged in the agriculture sector. He said, ideally, only one person from a family should be involved in agriculture. Speaking at a function in Pune yesterday evening, Mr. Pawar said that of the total 110 crore population in the country, 61 crore depend on agriculture sector. He emphasized the need to reduce the burden on agriculture sector. He said, it is a great challenge before the agriculture sector to increase production.
Typhoon Nida batters Hong Kong
Hong Kong has come to a standstill following the arrival of powerful typhoon ‘Nida’. The typhoon has battered the territory, closing schools and businesses and shutting down transport. The Hong Kong Observatory said, winds of 151 kilometres per hour whipped the city as rain lashed down. It, however, said, Nida had weakened into a severe tropical storm and is moving to mainland China.
Odisha govt to recruit transgenders as jail warders
The Odisha government has decided to recruit transgender persons as jail warders as per the directive of the Supreme Court. ADG (Prisons) Manoranjan Patnaik yesterday said, a letter to this effect has been sent to the Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission to take necessary steps in this regard.
Country’s infrastructure sector grows 5.2% in June
The country’s infrastructure sector grew 5.2 per cent in June this year–the fastest in two months–on the back of double-digit growth in the coal and cement sectors. The eight infrastructure sectors had expanded 3.1 per cent in June last year, and 2.8 per cent in May this year. According to official data released, coal production surged 12 per cent in June this year, cement production increased 10.3 per cent, fertilizer production rose 9.8 per cent, and petroleum refinery production expanded 3.5 per cent during the month. Electricity generation grew 8.1 per cent, and steel output rose 2.4 per cent in June. But natural gas output declined 4.5 per cent and crude oil production fell 4.3 per cent in June.
Manufacturing sector grows at its fastest pace in four months
Manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace in four months in July on surge in new orders, though job market remained muted and inflationary pressure was subdued, a monthly PMI survey showed on Monday. The Nikkei Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – a composite indicator of manufacturing performance – rose to 51.8 in July from 51.7 in June. A reading above 50 points denotes expansion.
Petrol,Diesel become cheaper
Petrol has become cheaper by one rupee 42 paise a litre and Diesel by two rupees one paise per litre. It includes state taxes. The new prices came into effect midnight last night. Petrol will now cost 61 rupees 9 paise in Delhi, 64 rupees 97 paise in Kolkata, 65 rupees 70 paise in Mumbai and 60 rupees 65 paise in Chennai. For diesel, the consumer will have to pay 52 rupees 27 paise per litre in Delhi, 54 rupees 57 paise in Kolkata, 57 rupees 47 paise in Mumbai and 53 rupees 73 paise in Chennai.
After NADA’s clean chit, wrestling world body and IOC to decide on wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s participation in RIO
National Anti Doping Agency, NADA has given a clean chit to wrestler Narsingh Yadav to participate in Rio Olympics beginning 5th of this month. The NADA disciplinary panel has exonerated Yadav from charges of violating anti doping rules of NADA. Narsingh’s Olympics ticket now depends on wrestling world body and International Olympic Council (IOC) accepting back his name in the men’s 74kg freestyle category. WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said, the process to get Narsingh back in the Rio squad has been set in motion.
Novak Djokovic wins ATP Toronto Masters
Novak Djokovic has won the ATP Toronto Masters. He defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 in the final for his 66th career title. The world number one claimed his fourth Canadian title. Djokovic has now shifted his focus to the Rio Olympics. He won a bronze medal in Beijing Olympics and just missed the podium in London, losing to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in the bronze medal match.
Govt to table Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws Amendment Bill 2016 in LS
The government is scheduled to move the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws Amendment Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha today. The Bill seeks to strengthen the debt recovery laws to improve the ease of doing business in the country. It seeks to amend four legislations – the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (Sarfaesi) Act, 2002, the Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 and the Depositories Act, 1996.
President condoles loss of lives due to floods in Assam, Bihar and MP
President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives due to floods in certain areas of Assam, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. In individual messages sent to the Governors of these states, Mr Mukherjee said, he is sad to know about the heavy rains leading to floods in certain areas of the State, which have caused loss of lives, injuries and damage to property. He said, his thoughts are with all those affected by this natural calamity. The President conveyed his heartfelt condolences to families of deceased and prayers for speedy recovery of injured persons.
Govt trying to revive historic maritime cultural economic ties with 39 countries
he government today said that it is trying to revive historic maritime cultural economic ties with 39 countries including China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia under project Mausam. Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha, Culture and Tourism minister Dr Mahesh Sharma said, project Mausam is the initiative of ministry of culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India as the nodal agency.
Syria: US-backed forces take control of 70% of Manbij controlled by IS
In Syria, US-backed forces have taken control of 70 percent of Manbij after rapid advances against areas controlled by the Islamic State terror group in the key Syrian city near the Turkish border. A spokesperson for SDF-allied Manbij Military Council said that Syria Democratic Forces, with the support of air strikes, have cornered rival armed groups, including the IS, in the city’s old quarter after seizing most of the eastern, western, and southern parts of the city. SDF forces have been increasingly besieging and encircling Manbij.
China’s leadership resists military pressure over South China Sea verdict
China’s leadership is resisting pressure from elements within the military for a more forceful response to an international court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, wary of provoking a clash with the United States. China refused to participate in the case overseen by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. It denounced the emphatic July 12th ruling in favor of the Philippines as a farce that had no legal basis and part of an anti-China plot cooked up in Washington. The ruling has been followed in China by a wave of nationalist sentiment, scattered protests and strongly worded editorials in state media.
Zika reaches US mainland
Zika-carrying mosquitoes are believed to have reached the US mainland, with at least four cases of local transmission reported in Florida. US health officials sounded the warning on Zika months ago and confirmation of its arrival prompted a new round of finger pointing between Democratic and Republican lawmakers who have yet to approve funds to fight the virus or the mosquitoes that spread it. Experts expect Zika-carrying mosquitoes Zika to spread beyond Florida.
Resolution passed to rename Madras HC as Tamil Nadu HC
The Tamil Nadu Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Madras High Court as the Tamil Nadu High Court. Chief minister J.Jayalalitha while moving the resolution said, most of the high courts are named after the respective states only. She referred to the High Courts Alteration of Names Bill, 2016 introduced by the Centre in the Lok Sabha last month and said the Madras High Court has jurisdiction over the entire state and therefore it is necessary to change the name as the Tamil Nadu High Court.
Centre asks States not to issue liquor licenses along National Highways
Centre has requested all States and union territories to ensure no license is issued to liquor vendors along National Highways, in the wake of increasing number of road accidents due to drunken driving. This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Mortal remains of Mahasweta Devi to be Consigned to flames in Kolkata
Eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away in Kolkata yesterday due to multi-organ failure. She was 91. Her cremation will be held in Kolkata today with full State honours. AIR correspondent reports her mortal remains are kept at Kolkata’s Peace World till 10 this morning from there it will be taken to ‘Rabindra Sadan’ and kept for public viewing and for paying last respects to the departed soul. It will then be taken in a procession to the cremation ground at the banks of Hoogly river where artists, intellectuals, politicians and other prominent people of the city are expected to join.
Govt forms ‘Disha’ for timely implementation of Central Schemes
The Centre has announced the formation of District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee, DDCMC to be named Disha for effective development and coordination of Central Government’s programme. Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar made a suo-motu statement on this in the Lok Sabha. He said, Disha will monitor the implementation of 28 schemes and programmes of Ministry of Rural Development and other Ministries to promote synergy and convergence for greater impact.
Govt committed to control Hepatitis by increasing coverage of vaccination: Minister
Union Minister of State for Health, Anupriya Patel has said that the government is committed to control Hepatitis by increasing the coverage of vaccination. Addressing the World Hepatitis Day 2016 Symposium by the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in Mumbai yesterday. The minister said that due to lack of awareness about Hepatitis, the number of people getting affected with the decease are rising.
Rajnath lauds contribution of Hindi litterateur Namvar Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the contribution of noted Hindi litterateur Namvar Singh and described him as a beacon of the art. Felicitating the renowned writer and thinker, who turned 90 yesterday, Mr Singh said Namvar Singh busts the myth of popularity by achieving the kind of fame usually reserved for celebrities, sports stars or politicians.
4 new writers get Jananpith ‘Navlekhan’ award
Four new writers got Bharatiya Jnanpith’s 11th Navlekhan award for the year 2015. In a ceremony in New Delhi yesterday Amlendu Tiwari and Balram Kawant were awarded for their novels ‘Parityakt’, and ‘Sara Morila,’ while Om Naagar and Tasneem Khan were awarded for their non-fictions ‘Nib Ke Chire Se’ and ‘Yeh Mere Rahnuma’ respectively.
The awardees were chosen by a selection panel headed by senior writer and journalist Madhusudan Anand, comprising eminent literary figures Vishnu Nagar, Govind Prasad and Om Nischal. The Bharatiya Jananpith will publish the works of all the four awardees.
Senior IAS officer Aruna Sharma has been appointed as Steel Secretary as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle
Senior IAS officer Aruna Sharma has been appointed as Steel Secretary as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today by the government. A total of 15 new Secretaries have been appointed in various central government ministries.
The portfolios of Sharma and Aruna Sundararajan, who is Steel Secretary, have been swapped. Aruna Sharma will now be Steel Secretary and Sundarajan will be Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said. Senior IAS officer Aruna Sharma has been appointed as Steel Secretary as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today by the government.
Hyperloop One has announced that it’s opening its first manufacturing plant
Hyperloop One has announced that it’s opening its first manufacturing plant to build the future of high-speed transportation. Metal works is a 105,000 square foot facility in the city of North Las Vegas where components for DevLoop, the first test bed for the platform, will be constructed. As well as housing the company’s new propulsion lab, the location will also be used to solve some of the more practical engineering challenges the technology faces. Employees will work to design and build supporting columns, cradles and the joints that keep everything held tightly together.
North Las Vegas, which is becoming a big tech hub for promising new transportation firms. In fact, Nevada is becoming a key battleground for transport businesses, since Tesla’s Gigafactory is being established seven hours up the road outside Reno.
R Ashwin becomes No. 1 Test bowler
After the first test against the West Indies in Antigua India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has surged to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. Ashwin has replaced Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah last week with a 10-wicket haul in the opening Test against England at Lord’s.
Ashwin, who was top-ranked in the 2015 year-ending rankings, not only regained the top spot with his second-innings haul of seven for 83 but has also gained in the batsmen’s rankings with a knock of 113 and resultantly strengthened his grip on the top spot among all-rounders.
IBM announces Projects to fight for Zika
International Business Machine on 28th July 2016, announced that it is committing powerful resources, technology and its expertise to help scientists, the public health community, and humanitarian agencies in the fight against the Zika virus. As part of its IBM Impact Grant programs, IBM is providing technology and talent to Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruis) which is a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
Area under pulses cultivation increases by 39 %
The area under cultivation for pulses has increased by 39 per cent in the country in the ongoing kharif season 2016-17 on the back of good monsoon and higher support price and bonus offered to farmers. Data released by the Agriculture Ministry said, the area under pulses increased to a little over 90 lakh hectare compared to 65 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. It said, all kharif crops including pulses and paddy have been covered in 65 per cent of the total farm area of around 1,000 lakh hectare.
HC accepts PIL on absence of column for transgenders in reservation forms
The Allahabad High Court accepted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the issue lack of column for transgenders in official Airline services, Indian Railway and Transport Firms in their passenger forms. Two judges bench comprising acting Chief Justice V K Shukla and Justice M C Tripathi asked the central government and its civil aviation department, Railways and Road Transport and Highways department to file their affidavit on this issue in six week time.
SC to hear plea seeking imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear next week a plea seeking imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir due to the prevailing law and order situation in the state. A bench, headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, gave the direction on a petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party. The plea had said that Jammu and Kashmir has been under the siege of security forces and the police for the past two weeks resulting in total chaos and anarchy in the entire valley.
NDB announces loans worth 900 million dollar
The New Development Bank launched by 5 emerging economies, known as BRICS, has announced its first round of loans worth about 900 million dollars. The Bank held its first general meeting in Shanghai yesterday. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa established the institution last year. The first set of loans will fund five renewable-energy development projects, including those related to solar and wind power generation.
RBI to monitor banks on customer rights
Reserve Bank will shortly start monitoring banks on issues relating to customer rights in five broad areas. RBI Executive Director U S Paliwal said the areas on which the regulator will be conducting surveys and supervision at various banks are – right to privacy, right to fair treatment & transparency, fair and honest dealing, right to suitability and right to grievance redress & compensation.
India women’s hockey team beats hosts USA 2-1 in Pennsylvania
India women’s hockey team fought valiantly to register a 2-1 come-from-behind win over hosts USA in their second game of the America tour in Manheim, Pennsylvania. India had earlier lost 2-3 to USA in the first game of the tour, their final preparation before flying out to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics, starting August 5.India next play Canada tomorrow.
CAS dismisses Russian appeal against ban imposed by IAAF
The Court of Arbitration for Sport today dismissed a Russian appeal against a ban imposed by athletics governing body the IAAF over state-run doping, barring the country’s track and field team from the Rio Games. A statement from the Lausanne based court said, the CAS Panel has confirmed the validity of the IAAF’s decision to apply Rules which state that athletes whose national federation is suspended by the IAAF are ineligible for competitions held under the IAAF Rules. The International Olympic Committee had said the CAS ruling will help shape its decision on whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games.
Odisha govt forms judicial panel for reforms in Jagannath temple management
The Odisha government has constituted a judicial commission to study the functioning of the Puri Jagannath Temple, which has in recent weeks witnessed major controversies over mismanagement of rituals by unruly servitors. Announcing this, law minister Arun Sahoo said last evening that the one-man commission, headed by retired Orissa High Court judge Bimal Prasad Das, will recommend reforms for smooth management of the Shree Jagannath Temple and propagation of the Jagannath culture. The government has not set any deadline for the commission to complete its report. The government’s sudden move to set up a commission came after some unruly servitors defied a high court ban and took their families onto the chariots and during Niladri Bije of deities, the last leg of car festival on July 17.
14 PSU banks post losses in last financial year
Fourteen public sector banks out of 27 posted losses in the last financial year. The main reason for their losses was Asset Quality Review initiated by the Reserve Bank of India. As a result, the banks had to suddenly make provisions for accounts categorized as non-performing assets under the exercise. Stating this in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar revealed that the government has allocated 25 thousand crore rupees to these banks to strengthen their financial positions. He hoped that the loss- making banks will tide over their shortfall and begin earning profit.
India emerges as safe haven for investors around the world post-Brexit
The government today said India has emerged as a safe haven for investors around the world even after the exit of Britain from the European Union. The country also avoided the adverse impacts of Brexit. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the rupee depreciated against the US dollar around one per cent for one day post-Brexit referendum while the currencies of emerging markets depreciated for many days. But, on a cumulative basis the rupee has actually appreciated by 0.3 per cent on 19th of July over 23rd of June this year. In a written reply, he said similarly the Sensex fell only on one day by around two per cent while the equity index of many other developed and developing countries fell by higher percentage for many days after Brexit referendum.
Mou between India and Tunisia
On 20th July 2016 India and African country Tunisia have signed agreement for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of IT, telecom and digital economy. The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between as Vice President Hamid Ansari met Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid.
Mou between India and Switzerland
On 20th July 2016 The Union Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Switzerland on June 6 2016 for cooperation in skill development chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.It was signed in Winterthur between State Secretary Mauro Dell Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
FSSAI issues draft guidelines for standards of instant noodles
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft guidelines for standards of instant noodles and proposed that egg powder may be added. The notification was issued to bring more clarity in regulating the instant noodles products, following, maggi controvesry last year. Besides instant noodles, the food regulator also issued draft guidelines for quality standards of fortified atta, maida and rice, durum wheat maida and pearl millet flour. In April this year, FSSAI had asked state authorities, to launch proceedings against only those noodle or pasta companies that had taste-enhancer MSG in their products despite carrying ‘no MSG’ or no added MSG’ label on the packets.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh appeals farmers to take benefit PMFBY
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has appealed the farmers to take benefit of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. In a message to farmers through All India Radio, Mr Singh said, most state governments have fixed the last date for the crop insurance for the kharif season on 31st of this month. He said, farmers should avail the benefit as early as possible through the nearest bank, agriculture cooperative committee or insurance agents. Mr Singh said, Government has launched the scheme from this kharif season and farmers will have to pay very less premium on it. He said, premium is 2 per cent for foodgrains, oilseeds and pulses for Kharif crops and 1.5 per cent for Rabi crops.
Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup
In Turkey, the President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup. Erdogan said the measure was being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy. He was speaking after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and top security advisers in Ankara. Turkey had imposed martial law-like emergency rule in the southeast of the country in 1987. It allowed officials to set curfews, issue search and arrest warrants and restrict gatherings as the security forces fought Kurdish rebels in the region. The emergency rule was gradually lifted by 2002.
MRPI to upgrade BS VI grade Petrol by 2020
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) has embarked to upgrade its facilities to produce BS-VI grade petrol and diesel by 2020, as per the Supreme Court directives. BS-VI grade fuel will reduce the sulphur content from Petrol and Diesel to 10ppm level and greatly help to reduce the environment pollution caused by the emission.
10year old diesel vehicle will de-register in Delhi
With the concerned pollution and growing vehicles The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Road Transport Office (RTO) of Delhi to de-register all diesel vehicles over 10 years old .More details are still under discussion but by this implication many cars will be taken off from Delhi roads and there is a benefit for car makers with a immediate liquidity for new vehicle.
Sidhu resigns from Rajya Sabha
BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on 18th july 2016 resigned from Rajya Sabha and rumor spreading that he could join the Aam Aadmi Party for Punjab election.He was nominated on April 22, has been accepted by Chairman Hamid Ansari with immediate effect.His wife, Navjot Kaur, who is chief parliamentary secretary in Punjab where BJP shares power with the Akali Dal
Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace
Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. He was appointed after the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) held at a ceremony in the Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey.
WADA calls for ban on all Russian Athletes at Rio Olympics
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called for a ban on all Russian competitors and officials at the upcoming Rio Olympics and other international sports. This follows an investigation commissioned by the agency that found state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events. Russia’s Sports Ministry had directed and controlled manipulation of urine samples provided by its athletes.
Regional Centre on Biotechnology Bill Passed in Parliament
Parliament has passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on 18th July 2016. The Bill seeks to establish a Regional Centre for Biotechnology, an institution of education, training and research, under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the National Capital Region. It also confers upon it the status of an institution of national importance.
Government is setting up for Foreign Universities in India
The commerce and human resource development (HRD) ministries are in talks to allow foreign universities to open campuses within special economic zones (SEZs), which are free from some restrictions. By allowing this it not only helps to improve the quality of education but also encourages the students from other countries and also helps the local students to avoid them by investing huge amount on education in abroad. India has been considering allowing foreign universities to open their own campuses here and grant independent degrees since 2010. India faces severe problems of capacity in its educational system in part because of underinvestment over many decades.
India’s First Multi City Marathon
The Great India Run, India’s first multi city marathon, was on 18th July 2016, flagged off after a ceremony at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi. The event kicked off with a warm up session of the participating 15 ultra runners followed by flagging off the ultra run and 5 kilometre fun run.Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Home, Kiren RijijjuKhel Ratna Anju Bobby George, and actor Gul Panag were present at the event. Arun Bhardwaj led the team of 14 ultra runners at India Gate while three of the runners simultaneously flagged off 1480 km run from Ghaziabad. The run features 15 of the best ultra-marathoners from across four continents of Asia, Africa, US and Europe in its inaugural edition. Haryana leg of run began from Gurgaon. The 5 kilometre fun run were also organised at each of these venues that saw participation from youngsters in galore. The run will pass through Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, finally culminating at Mumbai in Maharasthra on August 6.
Increase in literacy rate of disabled
There is an increase in 4% of literacy rates in both urban and rural areas. The literacy rate among the disabled has increased from 49.3 per cent in 2001 to 54.5 per cent in 2011. In urban areas disabled literacy is 68% and in rural its 49%. 72% of disabled males and 61% of disabled females in urban areas are literate. 58% of disabled males and only 38% of disabled females in rural areas are literate. It was found that there is wider gap between male and female literacy rates in rural areas.
Commerce and Industry ministry launches e-market
The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched an e-marketplace for online purchase of goods and services by various central government ministries and departments to bring more transparency. The prices of goods and services will be displaced on portal and the department can decide units they desire. The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) has developed the portal for the purpose.
LS launches e-portal to function paperles
To reduce paper work in the Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on 17th July 2016 launched an e-portal for the members that will enable to interact with various branches of the secretariat online this able to reduce about 194 lakh papers (A-4 Size) consisting of nearly 40,000 reams (packets) of paper which has saved around Rs. 80 lakhs so far.
Railway Board has initiated a proposal TRI NETRA
TRI NETRA or the “Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers- Infrared Enhanced Optical and & Radar Assisted system. The third eye or ‘Tri-Netra’ that the Indian Railways is getting, will help in avoiding train collisions and accidents on unmanned railway crossings. The concept of TRI-NETRA was developed by Development Cell under the guidance of Member Mechanical, Railway Board while brainstorming on how to use the technology employed by fighter aircrafts to see through clouds and operate in pitch darkness and the technology used by naval ships in mapping the ocean floor and navigating in the night.
Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki resigns ahead of floor test
As a twist to the Arunachal Pradesh crisis, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki resigned on 16th July 2016, a few hours ahead of the much-anticipated floor test. Pema Khandu, son of former Chief Minister Dorgee Khandu, has been elected as the chief of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). With the numbers clearly stacked against it, the Congress on Friday kept its cards close to its chest but appeared confident that it would sail through. Of the original 45 Congress MLAs in a House of 60, only 15 remain with Mr. Tuki. In Guwahati on 14th July 2016, his rival, Kalikho Pul, had paraded 41 MLAs, including 29 of the People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh, 11 BJP members and two Independents.
Saachi Soni 1st Indian Women to participating in La Ultra Marathon
Saachi Soni a Student of Indian Institute of mass communication (IIMC)would be the 1st Indian woman participating in the 111 km La Ultra marathon to be completed in 20 hrs which would commence on 11th August 2016. She is leaving for Ladakh on July 15th as part of acclimatization exercise.
SC asks Centre to set up a committee on plastics being Consumed by Cattles
The Supreme Court on 15th July 2016 directed the Centre to constitute a committee for implementating environment protection laws and consider prohibiting the use, sale and disposal of plastic bags which are consumed by stray cattle making them suffer and die a painful death. A bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and Adarsh Kumar Goel. petitioner and other parties to gave suggestions to the committee to be constituted by the Centre.
Aziz Ansari becomes first Indian – American to bag Emmy nomination
Aziz Ansari has made history as he has become the first Indian-American actor to land a lead comedy-acting Emmy nomination for his series Master of None. Ansari is also just the fifth person of South Asian descent to be nominated in an acting category. Ansari, who is also nominated for writing and directing Master of None, co-created the Netflix comedy with Alan Yang.
India 1st country to eleminate YAWS
India was acknoledged as the first country in the world to become YAWS – free. India received and official citation from the World Health Organistation and the UNICEF for Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNTE) and for being YAWS-free on 14th July. India has achieved the milestione of being YAWS-free much before the Who global target year of 2020. YAWS is a kind of bacterial infection that affects skin, bones and joints, while tetanus, another bacterial infection, leads to muscle spasms that can be fata
Sheila Dikshit to lead congress government in Uttar Pradesh
Sheila Dikshit, who has steered the Congress to three consecutive election wins in Delhi, has been appointed the party’s chief ministeral candidate for poll-bound Uttar pradesh. A three-time Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit led Congress governments in the national Capital between 1998 and 2013. An MP from Kannauj, UP, between 1984 and 1989, Dikshit was also Minister in the RAjiv Gandhi Ministry during 1986-89. In 2014, following the Congress defeat to the Aam Aadmi Party in the Assembly polls, she was briefly Governor of Kerala.. The Congress believes that by projecting Dikshit, a Brahmin, as its CM candidate, the party can win over the upper castes, who once constituted its most committed support base, but have gravitated towards the BJP and the BSP of late.
Government appoints 28 officers, half non – IAS, to joint secretary level posts
The central government on 14th July 2016, appointed 28 officers to joint secretary-level posts, with more than 50% of them coming from non-Indian Administrative Services (IAS) background. According to people familiar with the way the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is functioning, this is a silent trend that has emerged over the past two years. According to an Economic Times report in February, a total of 260 joint secretary-level appointments have been made by the Modi government since May 2014 and 100 of these are of non-IAS officers.
Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi appointed new CBSE Chariman
Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi was on 14th July 2016, appointed as the chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), by the prime minister-headed Appointment Committee of the Cabinet(ACC) rejecting Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh’s name which was forwarded by the human resource development (HRD) ministry’s choice for the post when Union minister Smriti Irani was in Power. The post of CBSE Chairman had been lying vacant since December 2014. It was conveyed to the HRD Ministry that the post of CBSE Chairman will be filled up under the Central Staffing Scheme.
Union Cabinet approves Rs.12000 crore to PMKVY
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for allocation of Twelve thousand crore rupees to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) on 14th July 2016. The funds will be used to impart skill training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally.
Tata and Bell sign Pact to make Helicopters
Tata Advanced Systems and US-based Bell Helicopter announced an agreement for working together to manufacture helicopters under Make in India initiative. The collaboration will explore the multi-billion-dollar potential of the helicopter market, both in the passenger (light choppers) segment as well as for millitary, cargo and relief purposes (reconnaissance).
FSSAI reveals initiative for scientific cooperation
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has launched a new initiative called the Food Safet knowledge Assimilation Network, which will be a framework for scientific co-operation for food safety and nutrition. The network will establish a frame work for scientific co-operation by exchange of information and co-ordination of research activities in the country. The regulator has got about 90 recsearch proposals from various scientific institutions for taking up R&D studies in the areas of food safet and nutrition. FSSAI and will be getting an outlay of Rs. 5crore.
K V R Murthy new Chairman cum MD of the Jute Corporation of India Limited
K V R Murthy has taken over as chairman-cum-managing director of the Jute Corporation of India. The Government confirmed his appointment is for a period of five years or till the date of his superannuation, whichever is earlier. Murthy was earlier associated with Eastern Railways in the capacity of Chief Commercial Manager.
Peru declares Zika Emergency in 11 states
Peru’s government has declared a health emergency in 11 states in the north and eastern jungle regions due to an expanding outbreak of the Zika virus. The government’s declaration of 90-day emergency facilitates the allocation of almost $6 million to combat the spread of the virus. The health ministry said there are currently 102 confirmed cases of Zika in the country, 34 of which are pregnant women. At least 63 of the infections are located in the Jaen province of Cajamarca, near Peru’s border with Ecuador, Recently there were outbreaks of Zika Virus in neighboring countries including Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. Most of the budget will be used to combat the spread of the virus-carrying Aedes aegypti species via fumigation of homes and monitoring the virus among mosquito populations via ovitraps.
Kendrapara gets Registered Breed Status
The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has formally accorded registered breed status on Kendrapara sheep, an indigenous variety mainly found in Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts of the State.
Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) Department and researchers of Odisha Livestock Resources Development Society and College of Veterinary Science, found the Kendrapara breed was identified as the second in India and sixth in the world to carry FecB mutation gene responsible for multiple births such as twins and tri.
It is the 42nd sheep breed to have been registered in India. In the past, four cattle and two buffalo breeds, all native to Odisha.
Usually called ‘deshi’ sheep, Kendrapara breed is of medium stature compact meat type docile animal with very coarse and little-curled hair as body coat.
DGCA opts for Balancing act on Cancellation of air ticket
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in its final rules published on July 12, has fixed a cap on cancellation fee. As per the earlier proposal the cancellation charges included the base fare alone. Now, with the final rule, airlines will not have to refund the fuel charges of a cancelled ticket to the passenger. The rules will take effect on August 1. The move will give airlines some room to charge up to Rs.400-Rs.500 extra for a cancelled ticket. However, the cancellation charges will still be considerably reduced from the present fee levied by both airlines and travel agents.
Mr. Ansari leaves to Attend 11th ASEM Summit
Vice President Hamid Ansari today left for Mongolia leading an Indian delegation to the 11th biennial Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit. The two-day ASEM Summit will be held in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia from 15TH jULY 2016. The theme for the Summit is “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”. The 11th Summit which marks the 20th anniversary of the dialogue forum. At the Summit, India’s efforts would be inclined towards more successful outcomes and the building of a resilient and multidimensional web of interconnectivity between the two continents – Asia and Europe.
Visakhapatnam to host BRICS meet
Visakhapatnam – The City of Destiny is the venue for hosting the 3rd BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) meet on urbanisation from September 14 to 16. On the last day of the three-day meet, the ‘Visakha Declaration’ would be issued and this would be the base for the next BRICS conference to be held in Goa from October 15 to 17.
Cabinet approves PMKVY to impart skill training to one crore people
Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) to impart skill training to one crore people over the next four years. Twelve thousand crore rupees has been allocated for it.Briefing reporters in New Delhi after the Cabinet meeting,Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the scheme will impart fresh training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally.
Security scenario of NE has improved since 2014: Kiren Rijiju
Centre has said that the Assam-Bangladesh border will be sealed by next year. Attending the North East Democratic Alliance conclave in Guwahati today, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, the overall security scenario of the North East has improved since 2014.
British PM to resign today; Theresa May to take charge as next Premier
David Cameron will resign as British Prime Minister today to give way to Theresa May to become the next head of the Queen’s Government in the United Kingdom. Mr Cameron will face his last Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen. Ms May will also visit Buckingham Palace to accept the monarch’s offer to form a new government.
Railways launch time-tabled Auto Express from Gurgaon to Nidvanda
Targeting 25 per cent rail share in automobile traffic, railways on Tuesday launched time-tabled Auto Express from Gurgaon to Nidvanda to ensure faster delivery of cargo. Like our ever-growing population, auto population is also increasing on a faster rate. In fact auto sector is a fastest growing economy. If railways can tap it then it will be major source of revenue, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said after launching the first time-tabled auto car freight train service between Gurgaon and Nidvanda (Bangalore) from New Delhi through video-conferencing.
E-filing: ATM-based validation facility enhanced
The Income Tax department has widened the ATM-based validation system for filing of online Returns by taxpayers. The department has included Axis Bank to enhance the paperless regime of filing the annual Income Tax returns.
India Kenya sign 7 Agreements
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have signed 7 MoU’s –
1) In the area of defence cooperation.
2) Field of standardisation, expertise sharing and mutual trade between Bureau of Indian Standards and Bureau of Kenya Standards.
3) Cooperation in the field of national housing policy development and management.
4) According to another agreement, India will extend a line of credit of $15 million (first tranche of $30 million) to IDB Capital, Kenya, for development of various small and medium enterprises [SMEs] in the east African country.
5) An agreement was also signed for extension of a line of credit of $29.95 million by India to the Kenyan government for upgrade of Rift Valley Textiles Factory (RIVATEX East Africa Limited), Kenya.
6) Revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.
7) A bilateral agreement on exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic passports.
Source: Financial Express
Ministry of Health launches IDCF
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched nationwide “Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)” will be observed from 11th to 23rd July across the country. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), shall visit all households with children below five years of age for pre-positioning the Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) corners to administer ORS and Zinc to children who are in need of these during diarrhoea, combination of ORS( which is clean water with modest amounts of salts and sugar) and Zinc Tablets has been found to be the most cost-effective intervention to prevent deaths due to diarrhea and has been recognised as one of the best practices globally. More than 3.5 lakh ORS corners were set up in the country.
Theresa May to become UK Prime Minister
Theresa May will take over as new Prime Minister on 13th July 2016, British Premier David Cameron said on 11th July 2016 after the home secretary’s only rival in the race to become Conservative Party leader pulled out unexpectedly.
The European Union is a confederation of 28 member countries in Europe, started in 1957 as the European Economic Community (EEC). It has created a common economic area with Europe-wide laws allowing people to move and trade in other EU countries almost the same as they do in their own. Nineteen of these countries also share the same type of money: the euro. The Treaty of Lisbon is the most recent treaty that says how the Union is run.
Portugal Win Euro 2016
Portugal have won Euro 2016 beating hosts France 1-0. A stunning extra-time winner from Eder, in Stade de France. Portugal had lost Euro 2004 Final previously to Greek, but this time they have managed to lift their 1st ever Internatonal Trophy.The Captain of Portugal is Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal had entered the Finals after beating Wales and France had entered the finals after beating Germany.
Murray Wins 2nd Wimbledon Title
British tennis star Andy Murray has won his second Wimbledon title, defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic in straight sets. The second seeded Murray cruised to a 6-4,7-6,7-6 victory on the grass at center court just outside London to clinch his third career Grand Slam title. Roanic, seeded number 6, was seeking to become the first Canadian player to win a major tennis championship. It is Murray’s first Wimbledon championship since 2013. He had lost his last three Grand Slam title matches. He has won 3 Grandslam Titles and been into 11 finals to be the Runner up 8 times.Murray’s victory came within 4 weeks of his reuniting with his Coach, former World No.1 Ivan Lendl, after their split in March 2014. All of Murray’s Grandslam titles have come under Lendl’s Tutelage.
Govt planning action to attract more FDI in dairy sector
India is aiming to double farmers income in the next five years, the Centre is chalking out a national action plan to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) in the dairy sector. The department of animal husbandry under the aegis of agriculture ministry is holding a series of discussion with private Companies Amul, Mother Dairy, Paras and others in this Regard and these companies have been asked to submit their inputs on the issue within two weeks, which will be again deliberated in the next meeting. The plan is to increase foreign investment in the dairy sector in the next five years from the current level of around Rs.141 crore.
India and Tanzania sign MoU’s and agreements
India and Tanzania signed MoU’s and agreements during Modi’s visit to Tanzania – The two sides signed an agreement under which India will provide a Line of Credit of $92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of Zanzibar’s water supply system. They also decided to work together in development and use of natural gas. India agreed to partner Tanzania in building of industrial economy, capacities and institutions.
Gordon Reid wins first ever Wheelchair Wimbleon Tennis
Great Britain’s 3rd seed Gordon Reid won his second Wimbledon title in as many days by adding the men’s wheelchair singles to the doubles title he won alongside Alfie Hewett on Saturday. The 24-year-old Scot beat Sweden’s Paralympic champion Stefan Olsson 6-1 6-4 on a packed-out court 17. Reid, has also been the runner-up in the French Open, and adds Wimbledon to the Australian Open title he won in January. Wheelchair tennis has been played at Wimbledon since 2001 but this year is the first time men’s and women’s singles have featured.
NITI Aayog to set panel to work new Poverty Line
The BJP government may soon come out with a new poverty line, with the Niti Aayog likely to set up a panel of experts to formulate a new ‘poverty line’. The Aayog, successor of the Planning Commission, is treading with caution on the estimation of the poverty line as the issue triggered a big controversy during UPA’s tenure.
Rashtrapati Bhavan to host Amitav as Writer in Residence
Eminent author Shri Amitav Ghosh will stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan as Writer In-Residence from July 10 to 14, 2016. Shri Amitav Ghosh is award-winning author and essayist whose books include:- The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome.
UK lifts ban on Women in Military Combat Roles
A ban on women serving in close combat roles in the British military was lifted today, with Prime Minister David Cameron calling it a major step that would ensure the armed forces can make the most of all their talent. Cameron confirmed the move at a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland. Under current rules, women were able to serve on the frontline, but not where the primary aim was to “close with and kill the enemy” – ruling them out of serving in the infantry or armoured corps. A phased relaxation of the ban will see jobs in tank units open to women within a year and infantry jobs opened up later.
Burhan Wani Killed
Hizbul Mujahideen commander – Burhan Muzaffar Wani was among the three militants killed by security forces in Anantnag, Jammu-Kashmir on 8th July 2016. Immediately after the news of Burhan’s death spread, pro-Pakistan slogans were heard in downtown Srinagar with people coming out on the roads and burning tyres. Curfew like restrictions were imposed in the area.
About Hizbul Mujahideen
Hizbul Mujahideen was founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September,1989, is a Kashmiri separatist group. It was designated a terrorist organisation by India, the European Union and the United States, active in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. Holding up pro-Pakistan Ideology, the group is considered to be the largest indigenous militant wing in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Kerala 1st Southern State to have a Pension Scheme for Transgenders
Kerala’s Left Democratic Front government on 8th July 2016, announced a pension scheme for transgenders aged 60 and above while detailing its maiden budget. Aimed at protecting the rights of India’s third gender, Kerala’s move comes a year after it unveiled a transgender policy, directed at bringing the community to the mainstream. However, despite the policy. Transgenders, who often face discrimination and are socially isolated, struggle to hold regular jobs and do not receive benefits such as medical insurance and pension. With the announcement, Kerala became the second state to have a welfare scheme for transgenders after Odisha. Odisha in June had announced that transgenders could avail the benefits using Below Poverty Line cards that entail them to pension, housing and food grains. The budget allocation also follows the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s decision from last week to employ transgenders in departments such as house-keeping, cleaning and crowd-management.
France Qualify to play Euro Finals
France Defeated Germany 2-0, in the Euro Cup Semi – Final, to go through to the Final. The hosts France will now play Portugal in the final on 10th July 2016. They will face Portugal In the Final, who earlier defeated wales 2-0.
Abour Euro Cup
The UEFA European Championship (known informally as the Euros) is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 1968. The 14 European Championship tournaments have been won by nine different national teams highest by Germany and Spain each having won three titles.
UP to observe Groundwater week
Uttar Pradesh is set to observe a ‘bhujal saptah’ (groundwater week) across the state from July 16 to 22. The groundwater department, was coordinating with district magistrates, divisional commissioners and chief development officials of the 75 districts to ensure the aim of motivating. Seminars and exhibitions on revival of water bodies will be held to make students aware about the importance of water conservation through farm ponds, check-dams, roof top rain water harvesting, integrated water management. Persons and non-government organisations (NGO) who have made remarkable contribution towards water conservation will also be honoured during the groundwater week.
HDFC launches India’s first full fledged Digital Banking Service for small-and medium enterprises
HDFC Bank, has started India’s 1st full-fledged digital banking service for small-and medium enterprises (SME). This will allow clients to access a complete suite of services instantly and round-the-clock on the device of their choice, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. This facility does away with the need to call relationship manager or visit a branch, thereby saving considerable time and effort for the customer.
US Sanctions Kim Jong – Un for Human Rights Abuse
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), designated top officials of the North Korean regime along with Kim Jong-Un and for their ties to North Korea’s notorious abuses of human rights. This is the first time that US has sanctioned North Korean leader over human rights abuses. The designated ones include ten other individuals, and five entities. They were sanctioned under the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 on the basis of its findings in its report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea.
India is planning to build impregnable defences along the borders with Pakistan in a project modelled after Israeli security mechanisms. Code named – Operation Chakravyuh, the project aims to plug any possible routes for terrorists to infiltrate into India, be it land, air or sea, top military and home-ministry.
Modi leaves for the 4- Nation African Tour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a four-nation tour of African countries on 6th July night. He will travel to Mozambique and then to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Focus of the visit will be on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food. In South Africa Modi will visit, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and also two places very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi’s stay in South Africa – Phoenix Settlement and Pietermaritzburg Station.
Phoenix Settlement –
The Phoenix Settlement, established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904, is situated on the north-western edge of Inanda, some 20 kilometres north of Durban around the settlement were plantations of sugar cane fields. Over 100 acres of land was called Phoenix Settlement. Gandhi established the settlement as an communal experimental farm with the view of giving each family two acres of land which they could develop. Gandhi used the Settlement to train political activists called satyagrahis as well as house their families, while they were engaged in the campaigns against unjust laws. In 1903 Gandhi founded a newspaper, Indian Opinion, targeting mainly the Indian community. Initially the newspaper was published in four languages – Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati and English – but later on the Tamil and Hindi editions ceased.
It is a Railway station which is famous as being the place where Mahatma Gandhi was kicked out of the train in South Africa in 189
Modi meets Direct General of ILO
Director-General of International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on 6th July 2016.
International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency founded in 1919 dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all. The ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands are members of the ILO. In 1969, the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.
BRICS anti-drug working group meeting
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the second anti-drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS countries in New Delhi on 8th July 2016. The meeting is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Besides the delegates from the member countries, the Ambassadors of the respective countries shall also be attending the inaugural session. The Directors General of Border Guarding Forces and the Paramilitary are also likely to attend the inaugural session along with the heads of the Intelligence and Investigative Agencies like the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Bureau of Investigation. The seventh BRICS summit was held in July, 2015 in Russia and India shall be hosting the eighth BRICS summit in October, 2016 in Goa. In keeping with the spirit of the eThekwani Declaration, the first anti-drug working group meeting of BRICS countries was organized at Moscow, Russia in November, 2015.
Modi officially signs Civil avaiations MoU’s with Mozambique President
Narendra Modi after arriving at Maputo,Mozambique. The ceremonial welcomes were given to the Prime Minister at the presidential palace. PM Modi held restricted meeting with President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi. They have officially signed the MoU’s on, Civil Aviation sector, Cooperation for Youth in area of Sports, Prevention of trafficking of narcotics, and Government to Government Purchase of Pulses took place during the official meeting.
About Filipe Nyusi
Filipe Jacinto Nyusi , is thie fourth President of Mozambique, in office since 2015. He previously served as Minister of Defence from 2008 to 2014. Nyusi was the candidate of the ruling party, Frelimo, in the 2014 presidential election.
Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawiand Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo. The Mozambican War of Independence was an armed conflict between the guerrilla forces of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) , and Portugal. The war officially started on September 25, 1964, and ended with a ceasefire on September 8, 1974, resulting in a negotiated independence in 1975 on June 25th.
World’s largest charkha unveiled at Delhi airport
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra has unveiled the world’s largest Charkha at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, IGI in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a message said the Charkha is a symbol of India’s glorious heritage and an inspiring reminder of freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.
SC-appointed green panel recommends high pollution cess
The Supreme Court-appointed green panel Environment Pollution Control Authority EPCA has recommended high pollution cess of up to 25 per cent on the cost of diesel cars above 2,000 cc. EPCA reasoned that imposition of steep cess was imperative to control air pollution in the national capital by making diesel vehicles cost prohibitive.
China launches military drills before Tribunal ruling
China has stepped up efforts to defend its sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea by launching a week-long military drill around the Paracel Islands. China’s maritime safety administration said, the naval drills would last till next Monday, one day before the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague is slated to reach a ruling in Beijing’s dispute with the Philippines. Meanwhile, Analysts say China’s move aims to de-legitimize an upcoming landmark international court decision.
Abhinav Bindra, Yogeshwar Dutt, hail send-off given by PM
Athletes bound for Rio Olympics, including India’s opening ceremony flag-bearer Abhinav Bindra and wrestling ace Yogeshwar Dutt, hailed the send-off given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Modi interacted players individually and wished luck to them for Olympics at a function in New Delhi. India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said for the first time ever there is a send-off by Prime Minister for the Olympic Team. India is sending its biggest ever contingent at the Rio Olympics with more than 100 players having qualified for the Games so far.
M V Dhekane chosen as Dirctor of IISU
Scientist M V Dhekane has assumed the office of Director, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Department of Space, at Vattiyoorkavu, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Dhekane, is the seventh director of IISU.
The ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU) is a research and development unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation located in Thiruvananthapuram that specialises in inertial sensors and systems in satellite technology. Its specialized fields include the fields of launch vehicle inertial systems, spacecraft inertial systems, inertial sensors evaluation and simulation, inertial system production, inertial systems electronic production, reliability and quality assurance and advanced inertial systems group.
19 New faces in Central Cabinet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday carried out a major expansion of his Council of Minsiters, inducting 19 new faces, including several Dalit and OBC leaders as well as from poll-bound states like Uttar Pradesh. The top four – Finance, Home, External Affairs and Defence Ministers have been left untouched, Prakash Javadekar, who held the independent charge of environment, was the lone Minister promoted to the cabinet rank while all new inductees took oath as Ministers of State (MoS).
Environment Ministry’s to draft an amendment on Cruelty to Animals Act 1960
The Prakash Javadekar-led ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) sent a draft amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 to the law and justice ministry on 15 June and has already got a clearance from it to go ahead with it. If passed by the cabinet, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (amendment) Bill, 2016 may be brought to Parliament as early as the upcoming monsoon session. The environment ministry wants to amend section 22 of the Act which deals with restrictions on exhibition and training of performing animals.
GPS to monitor forest Cover
The Maharashtra government will use Global Positioning System(GPS) and Satellite mapping technology to monitor the forest cover in the State with the help of NGO’s. The State government is also working on launching 27 green schemes, including Tree Bank, Eco Battalion with help from the Armed forces, and Green Battalion with support from NGOs.
Gurpreet Signh Sandhu – 1st rst Indian to play in Europa League.
NITI Ayog sets Divestment on July 5 th
Indian Railways to take up port-rail connectivity
Indian Railways is all set to provide a Rs 20,000 crore connectivity to boost to ports under the Sagarmala programme! Suresh Prabhu-led Ministry of Railways will take up 21 port-rail connectivity projects as identified under the port-connectivity enhancement objective of Sagarmala. These projects are aimed at strengthening the rail evacuation network and the last mile connectivity to the ports. In addition, another six projects are being considered by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL).
Germany ink Submarine deal with India
In a departure from its traditional approach to business in India, Germany is for the first time offering a military deal under the government-government umbrella for its new-generation conventional submarines that have exceptional underwater endurance. While in the past the German government had kept away from contracts being bagged by its arms industries in India, the HDW 214 submarines are being offered as a special case for Indian Navy’s requirement of six boats.
Regional Connectivity Scheme
The Draft Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS) was presented by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The objective of Regional Connectivity Scheme is to make flying affordable for the masses, to promote tourism, increase employment and promote balanced regional growth. It also intends to put life into un-served and under -served airports.
Antartic Ozone hole is Staring to heal
The thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. In September 2015 the hole was around 4 million square kilometers smaller than it was in the year 2000, an area roughly the size of India. These measurements were based on data obtained from weather balloons, satellites and model simulations. The gains have been credited to the long term phasing out of ozone-destroying chemicals.
Amul official sponsor of Indian Contingent for Rio Olympics
Dairy major Amul announced to sponsor the Indian contingent for Rio 2016 Olympic Games, that will be held in August. The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells its product under the brand Amul, will pay Rs 1 crore to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for the sponsorship. 2012 London Olympics games also, Amul had sponsored the Indian contingent. Rio Olympics will play host to the largest Indian contingent ever, with more than 100 sports persons taking part in the event.
Canada independence day July 1st
Canada remained a collection of separate British colonies until Confederation in 1867. On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire. The British and Italians gained control of parts of the coast, and established British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland. On 1 July 1960, the two territories united to form the Somali Republic, albeit within boundaries drawn up by Italy and Britain.
Somalia Independence Day – July 1st
The British and Italians gained control of parts of the coast, and established British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland. On 1 July 1960, the two territories united to form the Somali Republic, albeit within boundaries drawn up by Italy and Britain. Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. The Capital of Somalia is Mogadishu. Somalia has a population of around 10.8 million. Around 85% of its residents are ethnic Somalis, who have historically inhabited the northern part of the country. Ethnic minorities are largely concentrated in the southern regions.
Burundi Independence Day – July 1st
Burundi is one of the few countries in Africa, along with its closely linked neighbour Rwanda, to be a direct territorial continuation of a pre-colonial era African state. The Twa, Hutu and Tutsi peoples have lived in Burundi for at least 500 years. For more than 200 of those years, Burundi was an independent kingdom, till the beginning of the twentieth century, when Germany colonized the region. After the First World War and Germany’s defeat, it ceded the territory to Belgium. The Belgians ruled Burundi and Rwanda as a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi. On july 1st 1962 the country claimed independence and changed its name from Ruanda-Urundi to Burundi. Burundi is located in central Africa, to the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Capital of Burundi is Bujumbura.
Rashtrapati Bhavan to open 3 new tourist circuits
Secretary to the President, Smt. Omita Paul held a meeting today (30.06.2016) with 24 prominent tour operators at Rashtrapati Bhavan in order to publicize three tourist circuits that are being developed within Rashtrapati Bhavan. The three new tourist circuits will be the Rashtrapati Bhavan main building, museums and the gardens which the visitors can see singly or in combination. These circuits will be inaugurated on 25th July, 2016.
WJFAC launched at GRSE
The last ship in the series of four Water Jet Fast Attack Crafts (WJFAC) being built for the Indian Navy by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) here was launched ON 30th june 2016. The vessels are used for conducting attack missions, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations. The WJFAC will also be fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30 mm gun to provide artillery fire support during attack missions. The 48 m long vessel has a displacement of around 315 tons and is designed for a maximum speed of 35 knots. It can accomodate 29 personnel on board.
Ravi Shastri resigns from ICC
Ravi Shastri has resigned as a member of the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), of which he has been the member as a media representative for last six years. As of yet, there is no hint that his resignation from the committee has anything to do with him being overlooked for the job of Indian National Coach. Shastri is thought to have expressed his desire to resign from the committee quite some time ago and has even written to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar about the possibility of his resignation.
India and Israel launching of joint missile test successful
India today successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from a defence base off Odisha coast. The medium range missile (MR-SAM), a product of joint venture between India and Israel, was successfully test launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets. The missile positioned at launch pad-3 of the ITR swung in to action after getting signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.
South Korea tops Global Internet Speed
CDN network, Akamai today published its quarterly “State of the Internet” report for the first quarter of 2016. Global average connection speed increased 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, to 6.3 Mbps, a 23 percent increase year over year. South Korea continues to be the global leader with the highest average connection speed (29.0 Mbps), an 8.6 percent gain over the fourth quarter of 2015. Norway and Sweden rank 2nd and 3rd respectively. Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed (146.9 Mbps), an 8.3 percent quarterly increase.
Cabinet clears recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission
The Cabinet has cleared all recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission report that will result in about 23.55 percent overall increase in salaries, allowances and pension for more than 1 crore government staff and pensioners. The move is expected to give a big boost to the economy as consumption demand in urban areas is likely to rise owing to the rising income levels. In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The entry-level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month, from the current Rs 7,000, while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from the current Rs 90,000.
One shot to boost memory
A single oral dose of a drug may boost your memory by increasing response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, a new study has claimed. Methylene blue is used to treat methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which oxygen is unable to release effectively to body tissues, and as a surgical stain. Animal studies have shown a single low dose of methylene blue enhances long-term contextual memory.
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s Annual gala to fund Climate and Bio-diversity Projects
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced today its third annual gala at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard in St. Tropez, France on July 20. The major charity event raises funds to protect Earth’s last wild place, implement solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants. This year’s occasion will be co-hosted by the Oscar-winning actor for the movie- “The Revenant”, Famous- “Titanic” Movie star and also a noted environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, the foundation’s global chair Milutin Gatsby and chief executive officer Terry Tamminen. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was founded in 1998 and works in four key areas: protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation, wildlands conservations and climate change. The organization supports more than 70 environmental projects across 40-plus countries and five oceans through close collaborative partnerships with environmental leaders.
People of Isle de Jean Charles- America’s first Climate Refugees
Isle de Jean Charles- a narrow ridge of land situated in Louisiana island, are among the first American climate Refugees. Encroaching water is forcing them off the land they have lived on for generations. Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has been inhabited by tribal communities Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians. The island, has lost 98 percent of its land over the last 60 years. Many Isle de Jean Charles residents have already relocated, but about 70 still remain.
Workshop for Nodal officers of the ministries on LIMBS
Department of Legal Affairs under Ministry of Law and Justice is organising a 2 days’ workshop from 28th June 2016, here in New Delhi for the Nodal Officers of the ministries to provide hands on training on its ambitious Legal Information Management & Briefing System (LIMBS) which is in line with PM’s initiative of Digital India Programme. LIMBS is a pioneer effort to digitalize the details of court cases against Government of India pending under different ministries. It is a simple, innovative and complete web solution to handle and monitor the court cases and also provides a complete solution to court cases by entering the details about court case, it’s progress, status, next date of hearing along with MIS(Management information systems) reports to have concurrent watch by higher echelons as well as by the dealing person.
IGC meeting between India and Nepal
An India-Nepal Inter Governmental Committee (IGC), led by the Commerce Secretaries of the two Governments, is constituted under the India-Nepal Treaty of Trade. The meetings of the Committee provide a platform for reviewing the bilateral trade issues. The last meeting of the IGC was held on 21-22 December 2013 at Kathmandu. The meeting of the IGC is being hosted by India on 28-29 June 2016 at New Delhi. The Indian delegation would be led by Ms. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary, Government of India while the Nepalese delegation would be led by Mr. Naindra Prasad Upadhaya, Commerce Secretary, Government of Nepal. The meeting is expected to resolve various trade related issues and discuss enhancement of bilateral trade between the two countries.
First inscribed portrait of Ashoka discovered at Sannati
The first ever inscribed Portiat of King Ashoka with his female attendants called Raya Ashoka was discovered in Sannati, attracting the interest of the Archaeological community- Archaeological Survey of India(ASI). It also shed light on Ashoka’s foray into the South India. Also there is a Granite slab which may have been sculpted by the Shatavahans who admired both Buddha and Ashoka. The excavations had begun in 1986 at Sannati, resting indolently on the backwaters of Karnataka Kalaburgi District, the ancient Town is identified as Santimati from which the name Sannati village is derived.
Government shortlists 4 Candidates to succeed Rajan
The government has shortlited candidates to become the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India to four. A new Monetary Policy Committee also will be chosen soon under the RBI act of 1934. The moves seek to ensure policy continuity after RBI chief Raghuram Rajan announced he would not seek reappointment. The 4 are current RBI Deputy Governor Urji Patel, former deputy governors Rakesh Mohan and Subir Gokarn, and State Bank of India Chair Arundhati Bhattacharya. Rajan is expected to join the search committee to appoint three external members of a new six-member RBI Monetary Policy Committee.
KVGB records 17% growth in Business
Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank(KVGB), a regional rural bank headquartered in Dharwad, recorded a growth of 16.75% in its business during 2015-16. The total business of the bank stood at Rs.20015 crore during 2015-16 as against Rs.17144 crore during 2014-15.
Government shortlists 4 Candidates to succeed Rajan
The government has shortlited candidates to become the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India to four. A new Monetary Policy Committee also will be chosen soon. The moves seek to ensure policy continuity after RBI chief Raghuram Rajan announced he would not seek reappointment. The 4 are current RBI Deputy Governor Urji Patel, former deputy governors Rakesh Mohan and Subir Gokarn, and State Bank of India Chair Arundhati Bhattacharya. Rajan is expected to join the search committee to appoint three external members of a new six-member RBI Monetary Policy Committee.
NHPC plans 600MW Solar Project in Maharashtra
State-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning to set up a 600-MW solar power project at the Koyna hydel power complex in Maharashtra as part of an initiative to expand its solar portfolio. The Koyna project, run by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in the country with a total capacity of 1,960 MW. It is a complex project with four dams, including the largest dam on the Koyna river. NHPC also plans to set up 188 MW solar projects across the country during the current fiscal. Total Cost of the Konya per MW is likely to be Rs 9-10 crore.
PNHZP gets a Snow leopard for ex-situ breeding Programme
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) located in Darjeeling, West Bengal has received a male snow leopard from London’s Dudley Zoological Gardens. The male snow leopard will be used for ex-situ breeding conservation programme at PNHZP. It is the National Heritage Animal of Pakistan and Afghanistan. PNHZP is a 67.56-acre zoo located about 7,000 feet above mean sea-level in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It is the largest high altitude zoo in India. The zoo was opened in 1958 and is named after Padmaja Naidu, daughter of Sarojini Naidu. PNHZP is specialized in the ex-situ breeding animals adapted to the alpine conditions. It has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard (started in 1983), Himalayan wolf, red panda, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Goral and Markhor.
Chili beat Argentina in Copa America Final
After no goals were scored in regulation time and extra time, Chile and Argentina were once again taken to penalties to decide the Copa America final similar to the 2015 Copa America Final. Once again Chile came out on top in a 4-2 win after Lionel Messi and Lucas Biglia missed their spot kicks. Argentine Captain, Lionel Messi on announced retirement from International Football after Argentina’s loss in Copa America final. The five-time FIFA Player of the Year has won four Champions League titles and eight La Liga crowns with Barcelona, but has never taken a trophy with Argentina’s senior team. Messi lost a final for the third year in a row in International Football. Colombia beat US 1-0 in the third place match in Arizona.
Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik India market head
Nokia announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik as the head of Indian market, effective from August 1. Malik is currently Head of Network Implementation (NI) at Nokia Global. He will be based in Gurgaon. Previously, he was heading Bharti GCBT, where he led the transformation of the business by enhancing customer satisfaction, market share and business results across India and Africa, the statement said. He joined Nokia in 2000, and takes over from Sandeep Girotra, who has been heading Indian market since 2011.
National Conference on DAY-NULM
Central ministries, States, bankers, experts to brainstorm on increasing credit flow and skills training Ministers of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development, Skill Development and Finance Ministers of State are going to address Conference on Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NULM) in New Delhi on 27th June 2016 , to discuss its implementation and evolving a more effective way forward. Implementation of National Urban Livelihoods Mission which was started in September, 2013 began in 2014 works to remove hurdles to enable more credit flow for self-employment of urban poor and scale up skill training in 790 cities and towns and the Government later extended it to all the 4,041 statutory cities. During the last two years, 4.54 lakh urban poor have been imparted skill training out of which about one lakh i.e about 22% were either got jobs or are self-employed .
Colombia Government and FARC rebels sign ceasefire
The Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels have signed an historic ceasefire and disarmament agreement, It was signed in presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony held in Havana, Cuba. This gave a definitive end to the fighting in Latin America’s longest civil war. FARC must hand over its weapons to UN within 6 months FARC is Colombia’s largest rebel group and Latin America’s oldest left-wing insurgency. It was established in 1964 as a communist-inspired peasant army fighting to reduce the gulf dividing rich and poor and land reform for equality in the Andean country.
Anju and Gopi chand new members of Khelo India
India’s lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand have been drafted as members of Khelo India, a national programme for the development of sports in the country, an initiative by the Government. Khelo India is a seven-member committee, in which Anju and Gopichand are the two sportspersons. The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav. Anju has recently quit as the president of the Kerala Sports Council along with 13 other members. Gopichand, a former all-England badminton champion, has been the coach of the Indian national badminton team since 2006.
Yasmin Sooka to chair UN commission on human rights
South African Indian-origin lawyer and long-time human rights activist Yasmin Sooka has been appointed to chair the 3 member UN commission to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan and make recommendations for their improvement. The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) through consensus of the 47-member body. Other two members of the committee are Kenneth R. Scott from United States and Godfrey M. Musila from Kenya.
Articles in the European Union
The withdrawal process is isted in Article 50 of Treaty on European Union(EU) and begins when European Council is notified. But it does not say when this process should take place. The Rejoining request is subjected to the procedure in Article 49. Applications are addressed to the Council, which will act after consulting the Commission and recieving assent of the European Parliament. Later the New members must adopt Euro as currency, once they meet the relevant criteria.
UK may follow Norway method
The European Economic Area(EEA), the agreement that has allowed Norway, Lichtenstein, and Iceland to be half in, half out of the EU, the question is whether it will be a model for UK after its exit from European Union. The 3 non EU(European Union) states through EEA pact, are a part of many structures, notably the single market, but remain just outside the euro, fisheries, agriculture, justice and home affairs. The EEA and EFTA secretariat in Brussels manage the ties between EU and other 3 Non EU states. David Cameroon, UK Prime Minister has announced his resignation after UK’s exit from EU. Boris Johnson the most prominent supporter of the leave campaign in BREXIT currently leads the PM race.
Cabinet withdraws Drugs and Cosmetics Amendment Bill
The Union Government has retreated its Drugs and Cosmetics(Amendment) Bill, 2013. The bill was Amendment to Drugs and Cosmetics At, 1940. The move was finalized as it was observed that numerous new arenas of the medical field like medical devices, regenerative medicines, clinical trials and stem cells cannot be regulated in an appropriate manner adhering to the existing Acts of the Parliament.
Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana(HRIDAY), aims at preserving and revitalising the soul and unique character of heritage cities in India. In the 1st phase it contains 12 cities- Ajmer, Amaravti, Amritsar, Badami, Dwaraka, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni, Kanchipuram, Gaya and Warangal.
Mahashangarh declared SAARC Cultural Capital
Mahashangarh a site in Bogra, Bangladesh has been declared as the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) ,Cultural Capital for the year 2016-17. It was an ancient capital of Pundravardhana- home of the Pundra ,a group of people not speaking languages of the indo-european family. Each Year, an archeologically and culturally rich city in one of the 8 SAARC countries is declared as the cultural capital for that year. Bamiyan is the current Cultural Capital which had been declared the first Saarc cultural capital for the year 2015-16. This was decided in a meeting of the Saarc Culture Ministers which was held in New Delhi. SAARC countries will come Dhaka next month to finalise the programme details.
Lawsuit against Union Carbide
People living with the consequences of water pollution at the site of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster sought to keep alive their U.S. lawsuit against the Union Carbide Company (UCC). The appeal was filed that the company behind the deadly leak of methyl isocyanate gas which was continuing to foul the local wells from its plant located in nearby. On December 2, 1984, poisonous gas from the Bhopal chemical plant spread to the nearby communities, killing thousands of people. While the water pollution there is unrelated to the gas disaster, it reflects leaching of toxic material from the same plant ever since it was closed. The residents of Bhopal who are represented by the Earth Rights International (ERI) petitioned the federal appeals court to reconsider dismissal of their lawsuit against the UCC for polluting their drinking water.
Nagpur and Jinan become sister cities
The city of Nagpur and Chinese city of Jinan have become sister cities after signing a pact which allows for exchange of ideas and technology in the field of education, sports, youth affairs, urban planning among other areas. Jinan is capital of Eastern China’s Shandong province with a population of about 30 lakh and is known for its beautiful lakes. The move is a part of an agreement signed between Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peoples Republic of China, for facilitating co-operation and linkages between cities and states or provinces of India and China in May 2013.
North Korea tests banned Missile
North Korea tested two banned missiles capable of striking US bases in Guam, with the first launch ending in failure travelling about 150km before landing in the sea. But the second, launched later, flew about 400km and reached an altitude of 1,000km the most effective test to date. A confirmed successful test would mark a step forward for North Korea after four failed launches in recent months. The lower range covers the whole of South Korea and Japan, while the upper range will include US military bases on Guam. UN resolutions ban North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology.
Anju Bobby George quits Kerala Sports Council
Anju Bobby George today resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council. Besides the iconic athlete, 13 other members of the council, including noted volleyball player Tom Jose, also resigned. She declared the decision after the meeting at the Council headquarter in Thiruvananthapuram. Anju Bobby George is an Athlete who has won the bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris, she is India’s only athletics World Championship medal winner.
Cabinet sets Stage for Spectrum Auction
The Union Cabinet approved the mega spectrum auction plan, which is estimated to fetch about Rs. 5.66 lakh crore. The government is putting on sale spectrum bands of 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz 1,800MHz, 2,100MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz. The 700 MHz band, which is the most expensive and most effective, is likely to generate less interest from telecom service providers. The spectrum auction plan was recommended by TELECOM REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA(TRAI) and reviewed by the Department of telecommunications(DoT) before being put before the Union cabinet for approval after the controversy around the Spectrum Usage Charges(SUC) because on one hand Reliance jio was paying SUC AT 1% and others- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea cellular were paying more than 4%. The cabinet has cleared the payment terms suggested earlier—25% upfront for all bands under 1 gigahertz and 50% upfront for 1,800 MHz, 2,100MHz, 2,300MHz and 2,500MHz.
India to become permanent SCO member during 2-day summit in Uzbekistan
India will become the permanent member of Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) during the organisation’s 2-day summit meeting beginning in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent tomorrow. For the membership, India will sign a memorandum of obligation. Talking to media, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anvar Nasirov said, Uzbekistan, within the framework of its presidency at SCO, has paid great attention to India’s admission to the organisation. He said, at a meeting in Ufa last year, heads of member states took the decision to include India as a full member. Mr Nasirov said, the process will be completed in the forthcoming meeting.
US senators push for compromise gun control bill
In US, senators pushed for a compromise gun control bill, a day after the Senate failed to advance four gun measures following last week’s mass shooting in Orlando, the deadliest in modern US history. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would schedule a vote on a bill by fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins that would prevent about 109,000 people on no-fly and other surveillance lists from purchasing guns. Collins said she expected a vote on the bill this week or next.
Oil prices above $50, buoyed by US stock draw
Oil prices rose in early Asian trading today, with US crude joining Brent above 50 US dollars a barrel after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a larger than expected draw on stocks. US crude futures’ August contract, the new front month from today, had climbed 35 cents to 50.20 dollars a barrel. That marked the first time it had risen above 50 US dollars since June 10th. Brent crude futures were up 25 cents at 50.87 dollars a barrel, after settling down 3 cents at 50.62 dollars
Govt keeps interest rates on small savings scheme unchanged
Interest rates for Small Savings Schemes will remain unchanged for the next quarter beginning July, government notified. Presently the rate of interest for both Five Year National Savings Certificate and Public Provident Fund Scheme is 8.1 per cent. The rate of interest for Kisan Vikas Patra is 7.8 and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme is 8.6 per cent.Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified by the government on quarterly basis.
Jaitley releases silver coin to mark Martyrdom Day of Banda Singh Bahadur
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today released a commemorative silver coin on the occasion of 300th Martyrdom Day of Sikh General Banda Singh Bahadur. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jaitley said Banda Singh Bahadur was a great leader who continues to inspire the people. He said, Bahadur fought the Mughals and established the first sovereign Sikh state.
Indian Navy celebrates International Yoga Day
Indian Navy celebrated the second International Yoga Day at INS Adyar in Chennai today. More than 300 naval personnel along with their families including children, from units under Headquarters Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area including INS Adyar participated enthusiastically in the Mass Yoga session making it a grandiose event.
Indian war heroes honoured in UK digital archive
Britain has launched a new digital archive telling the inspiring stories of war heroes, including six Indians. This is a part of UK Government’s centenary celebrations to mark the first World War. Foreign and Commonwealth Office said, by doing so they want to send a message that these men, and the important role played by their home countries in the First World War, will never be forgotten by the United Kingdom.
China reveals new supercomputer
China revealed a new supercomputer, complete with 10.65 million computer cores made exclusively by Chinese-built microprocessors. No American made system quite competes with the Sunway TaihuLight, the new Chinese system. According to the Top500 list, which catalogs the world’s fastest supercomputers, it can perform up to 124.5 petaflops, and is the first system to surpass 100 petaflops. One petaflop is equal to one quadrillion sustained floating point operations per second. China’s efforts in developing their own processors stems from Washington’s decision to block Beijing’s access to Intel’s processors last February.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to be launched in Odisha
In Odisha, State-level launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free of cost LPG cooking gas connections to women from BPL households will be held in Sambalpur today. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan are scheduled to flag it off. Official sources said, through this scheme, it is planned to increase the number of LPG customers in Odisha from 39 lakh at present to 80 lakh by December 2018.
Assam: Initiative to link primary schools to high schools to colleges launched
In Assam, a unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ has been taken by the state Education department in Sivsagar district to link primary schools to high schools to colleges. Official sources said, under the initiative, college teachers are taking classes in high schools and high schools teachers are teaching in primary schools voluntarily. The aim of the programme is to change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places subject teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students.
Ravi Shankar Prasad expresses confidence about control on inflation
Union Telecommunication Minister Ravishankar Prasad has expressed confidence that the inflation would be under control soon as necessary steps are being taken to control the prices of pulses in the country. Addressing a press conference in Jamashedpur on Saturday, Mr Prasad said that the wholesale market index is under control but only the prices of pulses and tomatoes spiralled.
Rio declares financial emergency, requests funding for Olympics
In Brazil, State of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics. Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles says the serious economic crisis threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the games. The Governor has blamed the crisis on a tax shortfall, especially from the oil industry, while Brazil overall has faced a deep recession. Rio state employees and pensioners are owed wages in arrears. Hospitals and police stations have been severely affected. Interim President Michel Temer has promised significant financial help.
NRIs can now join NPS online through eNPS: Finance Ministry
Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card. Till now, NRIs could open NPS accounts only through paper applications by approaching Bank offices. The Ministry expressed hope that both repatriable and non-repatriable schemes will greatly appeal to NRIs who intend to return to India after their employment abroad, in view of their attractive returns, low cost and , flexibility. India has the second-largest diaspora in the world, with around 29 million people living in over 200 countries and out of them 25 per cent live in the Gulf countries.
Govt decides to allow export of 10% missile systems to friendly countries
Government has decided in principle to allow export of missile systems to ‘certain’ countries who have friendly relationship with India. Talking to reporters in Bengaluru today Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government had taken a very conscious decision that 10 per cent of the missile capacity will be permitted to be exported if producers manage to get export orders subject to parameters set by the union government and External Affairs Ministry.
PSLV on a unique mission on June 22 to launch 20 satellites
In one of the biggest launches in terms of number of satellites, the Indian Space Agency ISRO will launch 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan spaceport in Sriharikota. The previous biggest mission was in April 2008, when it successfully launched 10 satellites together. ISRO sources said its workhorse launch vehicle PSLV, in its 36th flight, will launch the 728 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg. The co-passenger satellites would be from USA, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from an Indian University and Academic Institute. The total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on board PSLV will be about 1288 kg.
J&K assembly speaker condems desecration act in Jammu
The Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Kavinder Gupta today condemned the desecration act inside the religious place in Nanak Nagar area of Jammu city that took place.
UGC approves new guidelines for Deemed universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new regulations for Deemed Universities and removed the ceiling on the number of off-campus centres. The new guidelines also give a time bar of seven months for the UGC and Human Rresource Development (HRD) ministry to process applications for setting up new centres.
Thailand PM to arrive in Delhi on 3-day visit
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha will arrive in Delhi this evening on a three-day visit. He will hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow on a wide range of issues including Defence, Security, Science and Technology and improving people-to-people contacts. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran said, the visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the Forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. The visiting dignitary will also call on Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.
HRD minister Smriti Irani launches Vidyanjali in New Delhi
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has launched Vidyanjali, a school volunteer programme in New Delhi. Vidyanjali is an initiative under Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, to enhance community and private sector involving government run elementary schools across the country.
India downplays US Senate rejecting bill on special status
India says non-inclusion of an India-related amendment in the consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the US Senate will not impact in any way New Delhi’s major defence partner status. External Affairs Ministry today said, the preparation of NDAA in the US Congress involves approval of different versions in the House of Representatives and the Senate and their reconciliation to evolve a single consensual text, which is again put to vote in both chambers. The 2017 NDAA is in the process of its formulation and it would be premature to speculate about its final content.
India-Bangladesh transit facility becomes operational
India-Bangladesh transit facility, under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol, becomes operational. It was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June last year. A ship from Kolkata carrying 1000 tonnes of steel and iron sheets reached Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh.
Rio athletes’ village unveiled in front of IOC chief
In Brazil, the largest athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro, the long history of the Olympics Games, was unveiled yesterday in front of IOC Chief Thomas Bach. The village will host more than 18,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, officials, staff and volunteers in 31 buildings and more than 3,600 apartments.
Chinese violate border in Arunachal Pradesh
About 250 Chinese troops had crossed into the Indian side on the Line of Actual Control and went back in a few hours. This is the first incident in the Yangtse region which is located 25-30 km East of Bum La pass in Western Arunachal Pradesh. China has been doing this regularly in other parts of ArunachalPradesh bordering the Actual line of Control due to differences in perception on the boundary and after claiming that the area belongs to China.
Govt approves 12 desinations for Krishna circuit, 11 proposed for Ramayana
The government has approved to set up 12 destinations across five states under the Krishna circuit. As many as 11 destinations are also proposed to be developed under the Ramayana circuit in six states. The twin proposals came up during the first meeting of the National Committees on Ramayana and Krishna circuits held under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma at New Delhi
Centre rejects media reports of polio in India
The Centre today rejected media reports that a polio virus has resurfaced in India for the first time in 5 years. In a statement, Health Ministry said, that the virus detected in Secunderabad is vaccine derived polio virus (VDPV), and does not change the polio-free status of India. It also clarified that no children have been found to be affected by the detected virus in the nearby areas. The Ministry said,India has eradicated wild polio virus and it is more than 5 years that no wild polio virus has been detected.
Govt launches scheme for setting up of 1000 MW wind power project
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility. The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process.
RBI announces new scheme for resolution of stressed assets
RBI has come out with a scheme for resolution of bad loans of large projects wherein a portion of the debt will be converted into equity or other instruments under supervision of Indian Banks Association, IBA’s Overseeing Committee.
EPFO may soon allow members to contribute for pension scheme
Employees Provident Fund Organisation may soon allow its subscribers to contribute voluntarily towards its pension scheme in addition to their employers’ to allow employees to contribute towards EPS 95 for getting enhanced benefits after retirement. At present, an employer contributes 8.33 per cent of basic wages every month towards the Employees’ Pension Scheme, popularly called as EPS-95.
State finance ministers to meet on GST
The two day meeting of the committee on Goods and Services Tax (GST)consisting of the finance ministers of all the states will commence in Kolkata in the presence of Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley. Presently, Mr. Mitra is the Chairperson of the Special Empowered Committee on GST consisting of Finance ministers of the states. During the two day meeting, efforts will be to reach at a consensus among the states on GST Bill.
NSG divided on non-NPT nations becoming members: China
China has said that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India. In a statement yesterday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, large differences remain over the issue of non-NPT countries joining the NSG.
Solar-powered airplane on globe-circling voyage lands in New York
The solar-powered aeroplane on a globe circling voyage that began more than a year ago in the UAE reached a milestone on Saturday, completing a trip across the US with a Statue of Liberty fly-by before landing in New York. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a 4-hour 41-minute flight of about 165 miles from Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania. Its trip across the US began on April 24th, when Solar Impulse landed in San Francisco from Hawaii.
China launches 23rd BeiDou navigation satellite
China launched a satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network. The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province yesterday, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, which is being developed as an alternative to US GPS. The satellite, after entering its designed work orbit and finishing in-orbit testing, will join others already in orbit and improve the stability of the system, preparing for BDS to offer global coverage.
Saina Nehwal lifts Australian Open Super Series Badminton trophy
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has lifted the Australian Open Super Series Badminton tournament title. In the final match played at Sydney today, Saina defeated Chinese Sun Yu to claim her first title of year 2016.
Abhinav Bindra – India’s flag bearer at Rio Olympics
Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra was on Friday chosen as the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the Rio Games’ opening ceremony on August 5. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) confirmed that they have chosen the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist as the country’s flag bearer for the quadrennial extravaganza.
Centre Proposes 25% duty on sugar export
The food ministry has proposed to impose 25% duty on export of sugar to ensure sufficient supply of the sweetener in the domestic market. The international prices of the sugar are rising and therefore traders may increase of the export of sugar to make profit.
Food Ministry proposes 25% duty on sugar export
Food Ministry has proposed to impose 25 per cent duty on export of sugar to ensure sufficient supply in the domestic market. In a series of tweet, Food and Consumer affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the international prices of sugar are rising and therefore traders may increase the export of sugar to make profit. He said, the Ministry has proposed to levy 25 per cent custom duty on export of sugar to keep the export of the sweetener in control.
India signs up to Europe-led clampdown on tax evasion and corruption
India has joined a group of nearly 40 nations that have signed a Europe-led clampdown on tax evasion and corruption, committing to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership.
The UK’s Treasury Department said in London that these 40 countries have committed to the initiative to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership. The next stage will be for the development of a global standard for this exchange.
India denies Google’s street view of its cities
India has said no to Google’s plan to put Indian cities and rivers in its application Google Street. According to Home Ministry sources, the application of the internet service giant was rejected after security agencies and defence forces studied the plan and came to the view that it would compromise the country’s security, reports UNI.
The Google Street, if permitted, would have covered most of the Indian territory. The security agencies are extra alert to the hazards of the plans like one proposed by Google after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which the actors had used the photographic reconnaisnace of the city’s targets, including iconic buildings.
Suresh Prabhu flags off Champaran Satyagrah Express train In Bihar
In Bihar, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off Champaran Satyagrah Express train at a function in Motihari today. This train will run between Bapudham, Motihari to Anand VIhar, Delhi.
The Minister also inaugurated Banmankhi – Purnea rail section and Pipraha Railway Station. Mr. Prabhu also inaugurated road over bridges at Motihar, Begusarai and Danapur through video conferencing.
Ban Welcomes PM’s call for early implementation of Paris deal
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support for early implementation of the Paris climate agreement during his just-concluded US visit.
He said a record 175 UN member states had signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, and now the countries need to bring it into force this year. Ban had encouraged all countries to accelerate their domestic processes to join or ratify it.
Indian-origin professor in the UK awarded by Queen
Eminent Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya has been awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution in manufacturing.
Dr. Shahid Rasool Takes Charge At CEMCA
Dr. Shahid Rasool, a communication technology specialist, has taken charge as the new director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA).
American mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice passes away
American mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice has passed away in Florida. He was 42 years old. Slice real name was Kevin Ferguson. He was Bahamian-born ex-football player and strip club bouncer who began competing in unsanctioned street fights in 2003.
Centre to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme
The Centre has decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme with a view to promote yoga. The AYUSH Ministry today said, it is working on the scheme and will start giving the award from 2017. Inaugurating the National Health Editors’ Conference in New Delhi, Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik pitched for adopting yoga in the life due to its large benefits in terms of health aspects and others.
No change in reservation policy in faculty positions in universities: UGC
University Grant Commission, UGC has said that there has been no change in the reservation policy for SC, ST and OBC candidates in faculty positions in universities. In a letter to Registrar of Universities, UGC said that there has been no change in the guidelines for strict implementation of reservation policy of the government in universities and other grant-in-aid institutions and Centres.
Naik to inaugurate National Health Editor’s Conference in Delhi
Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik, will inaugurate a National Health Editors’ Conference in New Delhi today. The theme of the conference is Yoga for Holistic Health – Recent Researches. The conference aims at ensuring wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the media. Some eminent experts in the field of Yoga and wellness will present various scientific and technical developments related to Yoga at the Conference.
World Bank slashes global growth forecast to 2.4 per cent
The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has slashed its 2016 growth forecast by 0.5 per cent to 2.4 per cent and said it is critically important for governments to pursue policies that boos economic growth and improve the livelihood of those living in extreme poverty. The cut in forecast was due to advanced economies experiencing mediocre growth, while low commodity prices, weak global trade and stilted capital flows also impacted.
Kailash Satyarthi urges nations to welcome refuees, particularly children
Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has made a strong call to nations to welcome refugees, particularly children, and not generalise them based on the actions of a few who have tarnished the image of Islam. While speaking at the opening of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Minneapolis in US last night, he decried the backlash against Muslims , saying “Islam means peace”.
RBI keeps key interest rates unchanged
The RBI kept the repo rate unchanged at a five-year low of 6.5% in its bi-monthly monetary policy review meeting today. The central bank has cut the repo rate by 150 basis points since January 2015, including a 0.25% reduction in April. The RBI further maintained the reverse repo rate at 6%, and the cash reserve ratio at 4%.
Cannot clear accused over delayed complaint: SC
The Supreme Court has ruled that an accused cannot be acquitted on the grounds of a delayed complaint by a victim’s family. The apex court further ruled that courts can add charges against accused persons if the prosecution has overlooked any offences. The rulings were made while the court was considering a case of dowry harassment and abetment of suicide.
Gulberg Society massacre: Court likely to pronounce quantum of punishment
In Gujarat, a special Ahmedabad court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society massacre case today. On Thursday, Special Court Judge P B Desai had convicted 24 of the 66 accused, including a VHP leader, in the Gulberg society case, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Eshan Jafri dead.
6.3 magnitude earthquakes rocks Maluku Islands in Indonesia
A 6.30magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia this morning, but no casualities or damage have been reported so far. Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported that the quake struck at 01:25 am local time. The epicenter was 146 kilometre southwest of South Buru Regency, Maluku Province, 299 kilometre from Maluku Province’s capital Ambon with a depth of 445 kilometre under the sea.
US, China start annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing
The US and China started their annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing today, as rising tensions in the South China Sea threatened to overshadow the meeting. China and the US need to increase mutual trust, China claims nearly all of the South China Sea despite competing declarations by several Southeast Asian neighbours and has built artificial islands in the area suitable for military use.
Former Maldives VP gets 10 years on terrorism charge
A Maldives court has convicted Ahmed Adeeb the country’s former vice president on a terrorism charge for possession of firearms and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The decision by the Criminal Court today made Adeeb the fourth high-profile politician to be jailed on a terrorism charge since President Yameen Abdul Gayoom was elected in 2013. Adeeb still faces charges of trying to assassinate Gayoom when an explosion hit his presidential speedboat last year.
KG Basin likely to attract Rs 1 lakh cr investment: Minister
Oil and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said, Krishna-Godavari, KG Basin will become the hub of oil and gas reserves in the country in the coming years. Talking to reporters in Hyderabad yesterday, he said, KG Basin is likely to attract new investment of 1 lakh crore rupees, along with investments from ONGC, GSPC and RIL, from this financial year to the next 5-7 financial years, new investment of 1 lakh crore rupees in KG Basin, will create new employment and set up downstream industry.
Exercise Desert Eagle-II
Desert Eagle II, which was the second in the series of bilateral exercises between Indian Air Force (IAF) and United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE AF), concluded on 03 Jun 2016. This was a ten-day air combat exercise in which the IAF and the UAE Air Force undertook air exercises from Al-Dhafra Air Base, Abu Dhabi starting from 22 May 2016
Defence Co-operation between the two nations gained momentum after signing of the ‘Agreement of Defence Co-operation’ in 2003. Exercise Desert Eagle-II saw the IAF Su 30 MKI participating along with Mirage 2000-9 and F-16 block 60 of the UAE Air Force. The Indian Air Force had participated previously in Desert Eagle I in 2008.
India Post releases Amazon India stamp
India Post on Friday released a Rs.5 stamp to mark the third anniversary of Amazon India’s services in the country. Called My Stamp, it shows a delivery boy with a carton labelled Amazon.
The department of post has released ‘My Stamp’ for the first time to commemorate a milestone with an e-commerce marketplace. The launch reinforces the Amazon-India Post relationship.
Amazon India, which launched its services in India in June 2013, serves customers in over 19,000 pin codes through a network of 155,00 post offices
What is My Stamp?
My Stamp was introduced by India Post at Indipex-2011 World Philatelic Exhibition on February 12, 2011
World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on JUNE 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.
The theme for 2016 is “fight against the illegal trade in wildlife”.Angola is the host country of this year.
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik
Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik won gold medal on Friday in People’s Choice Prize at world championship festival of sand sculpting Russe, 2016 in Bulgaria for his sand sculpture – “Drugs kill Sports”.
India reaffirms commitment to pursue green path to growth
India has reaffirmed its commitment to pursue a green path to growth as leaders of 20 countries and the European Union gathered in San Francisco for the seventh ministerial level meeting on Clean Energy. At the inaugural session of Mission Innovation, ministers from all partner countries released their respective governments’ plans to double clean energy research and development funding over five years.
HC refuses to vacate stay on Jat quota
Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to vacate the stay on the implementation of reservation to Jats and five other castes in Haryana. The petition filed by the state government will now be taken up for hearing on June 6 by a vacation bench as the High Court is closed for summer vacation from June 3 to July 3.
India donates 2000 bicycles to needy girls in Nepal
India has donated 2,000 bicycles to needy girls in Nepal as part of a program that aims to encourage school enrollment and increase the youth literacy rate. In an official statement, Indian Embassy said, bicycles were given away to poor girls studying in different government schools in Nepal. The program was initiated by the Indian government under its Small Development Project scheme to stop poor Nepali girls from dropping out of schools and to enhance literacy. According to Unicef, literacy rates in Nepal are low, the total adult literacy rate in the country in 2008-2012 was 57.4 percent.
ITI courses after class VIII will now be equal to Class X
ITI courses pursued after completion of Class 8 will now be treated as equivalent to Class 10 to enable students to continue further studies. A decision in this regard was taken at the first meeting of National Skill Council yesterday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also on the governing council of the national skill development mission, said today. The move will give the students vertical mobility, he said. Similarly, ITIs courses after clearing of Class X examination will be equal to Class XII.
Relationship with India is of Incredible significance: US
The United States has said it views India as a vital partner in the region and the relationship between the two countries is of incredible significance to the world.
Asia’s largest annual security forum opens in Singapore
Asia’s largest annual security forum opens today in Singapore. Territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea’s military provocations and Islamist extremism are expected to dominate discussions. The Shangri-La Dialogue, organised by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, IISS, is being attended by at least 20 Defence Ministers led by Pentagon chief Ashton Carter.
TRAI launches mobile app for subscribers to register complaints against pesky calls, SMSes
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a mobile application for telecom subscribers to register their complaints against pesky calls and SMSes to tighten the noose on telemarketers.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday, TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said, the new mobile app will help people in easily filing complaints and help the authority in monitoring such activities. He said, it will ease filing of complaints and also help us in monitoring action taken by telecom operators on complaints.
Sachin to lend his name for anti-drug drive in Kerala
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has agreed to a request of CPM LDF government in Kerala to use his name in a campaign against drug and liquor abuse in the state.
2017 ICC Champions Trophy schedule announced
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the schedule for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Eight teams will be playing 15 matches over 18 days (June 1-18) at three different venues in England & Wales.
Event schedule: June 1 – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (d)
June 2 – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d)
June 3 – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 4 – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (d)
June 5 – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (d/n)
June 6 – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (d)
June 7 – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (d/n)
June 8 – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (d)
June 9 – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (d)
June 10 – England v Australia, Edgbaston (d)
June 11 – India v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 12 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (d)
June 14 – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (d)
June 15 – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (d)
June 18 – Final, The Oval (d)
June 19 – Reserve day (d).
India Post gets govt nod to set up payments bank
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to India Post to set up payments bank. In India Total 1.5 lakhs branches have in India and 1.39 lakh branches in rural palces. In that government will set up 650 branches of the postal bank across the country by September 2017, aimed at improving financial inclusion, allows customers to transfer money or remittances using a mobile phone. But Payments bank will not give any funds.
India signs three agreements with Brunei
India and Brunei on signed three agreements with Vice President Hamid Ansari, and the Sultan of Brunei in the fields of health, defence, youth and sports affairs. Both nations also endorsed the need for a peaceful solution to the South China Sea issue through discussions.
Defence Minister to travel to Singalpore; hold talks on Rafale jests
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will today travel to Singapore to take part in the crucial Shangri-La Dialogue, an inter-governmental security forum. It is expected that Parrikar will strongly put forward India’s viewpoint on Asia’s complex security challenges, how to manage military competition in the region and make defence policy in uncertain times.
The Shangri-La Dialogue hosted annually by independent think-tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, is being held from June 3-5. It is attended by defence ministers and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific countries besides those of other countries.
India looks forward to strengthen relationship with Italy: Prez
President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India looks forward to strengthen its relationship with Italy in all sectors of mutual interest. He extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Italy on their Republic Day.
In a message to Sergio Mattarella, the President of Italy, Mr Mukherjee said India and Italy have a long tradition of friendship based on shared values and complementaries.
PM releases National Disaster Management Plan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). This is the first ever national Disaster Management plan prepared in the country. It will focus on making India disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives and assets. The plan is based on the four priority themes of the Sendai Framework. These include understanding disaster risk, improving the risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster.
The plan covers all phases of disaster management, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. It provides for horizontal and vertical integration among all the agencies and departments of the Government.
Subhash Chandra files nomination for Rajya Sabha seat
The Chairman of Essel group and owner of Zee group Subhash Chandra has filed his nomination papers for second seat of Rajya Sabha from Haryana as an independent candidate. BJP and independent MLAs are supporting him. Mr Chandra said that although Indian National Lok Dal is not supporting him, he enjoys the support of its MLAs. The INLD is supporting advocate RK Anand, who also filed his nominations yesterday.
World’s longest rail tunnel to be inaugurated in Switzerland
In Switzerland, the world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel, running under the Swiss Alps, will be inaugurated today. The 57-kilometer long Gotthard Base Tunnel will connect northern and southern Europe and shorten travel time for many rail routes. It overtakes Japan’s Seikan tunnel, which measures 53.9 kilometers, as the longest rail tunnel in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will join Swiss authorities for a ceremonial first run through the tunnel today. Full service will begin in December. The tunnel was built in 17 years by 2,400 workers, at a cost of over 12 billion dollars.
Up govt approves Detailed Project Report of Metro Rail in Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh government has approved the Detailed Project Report of the Metro Rail in Varanasi. The approval was accorded during a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday.
In the Report, prepared by RITES, two corridors of 29.23 km length have been proposed, of which one will be of 19.35 km between BHEL to BHU and another of 9.8 km between Beniyabagh to Sarnath.
17 stations between BHEL and BHU have been proposed, while there will be nine stations between Beniyabagh and Sarnath. The estimated cost of the project will be 13,133 crore rupees.
The State Cabinet also approved a proposal to hike financial assistance to rape victims from two lakh to three lakh rupees and to acid attack victims from three lakh to five lakh rupees.
PMKSY brings water in every field
The aim of Pradhan Mantri Krushi Sinchai Yojana, PMKSY is to bring rationality and investment in irrigation and bring water in every field.
The main aim of this scheme is to rationalise investment in irrigation to increase vigilance in the use of water so that whole agricultural land can be provided with water and stop the misuse of water by conserving water and using correct irrigation practises & to increase the productivity of the farm.
“Big Harvest for every drop of water ” and to bring investments in irrigation are also kept as other main aims.
Vice President Hamid Ansari to meet Moroccan leaders in Rabat
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will meet top Moroccan leaders in Rabat today. He will call on King Mohammed 6th and hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.
Several MoUs are likely to be signed during the talks. Various regional and international issues, including terrorism and expansion of United Nations Security Council, are also expected to be discussed.
The Vice President will also launch the India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce today. He will deliver a lecture at the Mohammad 5th University tomorrow before leaving for Marrakech.
Mr Ansari reached Rabat last night on the first leg of his two-nation visit to Morocco and Tunisia. He was received at the airport by the Moroccan Prime Minister. The visit to Tunisia will begin on Thursday.
6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan today. There were no immediate reports of damage.
The US Geological Survey originally recorded the quake, centred about 110 km 70 miles northeast of Taipei.
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, has however, put the magnitude at 7.2.
Alaistar Cook becomes youngest batsman to score 10,000 runs
England captain Alastair Cook became the first English cricketer to reach the 10,000 runs milestone in Test cricket on Monday during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
In the process, he also became the youngest batsman to achieve the extraordinary feat, surpassing Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the Left-handed opener for achieving the remarkable feat.
SRH defeat RCB to win their maiden Indian Premier League title
Riding on brilliant all-round performance, Sunrisers Hyderabad, defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs to clinch their maiden Indian Premier League title in a high-octane summit clash at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
Chasing the target of 209 runs, Bangalore got off to a flying start as Chris Gayle (76) and Skipper Virat Kohli (54) laid a perfect platform and forged 114 run partnerships.
Real Madrid win Champions League
Real Madrid were crowned European champions for 11th time when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in a 5-3 shootout victory against Atletico Madrid
The match finished 1-1 after extra time with Real captain Sergio Ramos opening the scoring on 15 minutes before Atletico substitute Yannick Carrasco equalised in the 79th minutes.
Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty at the start of the second half for Atletico when he fired his shot against the bar. Atletico earlier lost in their two previous finals appearances.
Maneka Gandhi to release Draft Trafficking of Persons Bill 2016
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi will release the Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2016. The new bill aims to check human trafficking by unifying several existing laws, meting out tougher punishment for repeat offenders and ensuring the protection and rehabilitation of victims.
Railways conduct trial run of high-speed Talgo train
Indian Railways on Sunday conducted the first ever trial run for high-speed Talgo trains of Spain on the Bareilly-to-Moradabad stretch in Uttar Pradesh.
A statement from the ministry said, the test train consisted of one locomotive fit for 180 kmph along with one VIP coach, one first class coach, one cafeteria coach and four second class coaches.
The second trial run will be conducted on the Palwal-to-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway.
India’s NSG membership is not about arms: US tells Park
- United States has said that India’s membership to Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) is not about an arm’s race, but about civilian use of nuclear energy.
- It comes as a response to Pakistan’s opposition to India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
- However, the US has fingers crossed, ahead of the crucial meeting of the 48-nation NSG. Toner said, deliberations about the prospects of new members joining the Nuclear Supplier Groups are an internal matter among the current members.
Putin inks several economic deals with Athens
- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several economic deals with Athens on Friday during a visit to Greece aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West.
- The visit, Putin’s first to the EU since December, comes at a low ebb in relations between Russia and Europe over the conflict in Ukraine that broke out in 2014, with sanctions still in force against Moscow.
- It also comes as Athens desperately seeks to come out of recession. Greek officials say increased trade with Russia could play a part in recovery efforts.
- The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine are not productive.
- Tsipras was speaking at a joint news conference in Athens with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The EU is expected to renew sanctions in a matter of weeks.
Rafel Nadal withdraws from French Open due to injury
- Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the French Open due to a left wrist injury.
- Nadal who has won the French Open nine times, withdrew from the tournament on Friday.The abrupt announcement sent shock waves through Roland Garros, where Nadal has won more singles titles than any other player.
- On Thursday, he advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Facundo Bagnis of Argentina.
- With Nadal’s withdrawal, his would-be opponent Marcel Granollers received a walkover into the fourth round.
- Earlier, Roger Federer, the Swiss star, had a deflating season, having a knee operation after injuring himself off the court.
- Citing insufficient preparation, Federer withdrew from the French Open, ending his record streak of 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances.
- It remains unclear when Nadal will return.
Narsingh better bet than Sushil for Rio Olympics: WFI to HC
- Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) today told Delhi High Court that Wrestler Narsingh Yadav is a better bet than Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in the 74 kilogram freestyle category at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- WFI said Sushil consistently avoided to face Narsingh during the last two years in selection trials. Sushil countered the claims and alleged that he was not considered for a trial to have a chance to represent India at the Olympics in the 74 kilogram category as he had not participated in the cash-rich ‘Pro-Wrestling League’.
- Yadav has secured Olympic quota for India by winning a bronze medal in the world wrestling championship 2015. After his name did not figure in India’s Rio preparatory camp, 32-year-old Sushil had moved the High Court.
Sonia Lather storms into final of World Boxing C’ships
Sonia Lather advanced to final of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship at Astana in Kazakhstan yesterday. The lone Indian left in the fray, 24-year-old Sonia, defeated Khojabekova 3-0 in the 57 kilogram category to set up a clash with Italian AlessiaMesiano. Sonia who is a 2012 Asian Championships silver-medallist, is now just one win away from ending India’s six-year-old gold medal drought.
Para athlete Saroha wins gold in record breaking performance
Indian para athlete Amit Kumar Saroha from Haryana won the gold medal in men’s club throw (F-51) at the recently concluded 2016 French Open Athletics Championship in Paris. The event was held on May 23rd and 24th. ArjunaAwardeeAmit’s effort of 26.58 meter broke the Asian record which he had himself set at last year’s World Championships in Doha on way to winning a silver. Amit has already qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics scheduled to be held this September.
The French Open Athletics Championship was part of his preparation for Rio 2016, for which he is one of India’s biggest medal prospects.
Nation remembers Jawaharlal Nehru on his 52nd death anniversary
Nation pays homage to first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 52nd death anniversary today. Vice President HamidAnsari paid floral tributes to Pandit Nehru at his Samadhi, Shanti Van in New Delhi. In a tweet, Prime Minister NarendraModi also paid homage to Nehru. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders also paid floral tributes at Shanti Van.
Govt approves over RS 5500 Cr investment to improve infrastructure in six states