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Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), a State government agency, said it has raised Rs.2,150 crore through its masala bond issue. This is not just the first-ever offshore capital market issuance from a State-level entity from India but also the largest dual currency issue by a sub-sovereign backed entity from emerging markets and Asia. The issue saw strong participation from investors.
Reserve Bank of India said that the branches of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will function as Bank of Baroda (BoB) outlets from April 1. This is after the amalgamation of the two lenders with Bank of Baroda (BoB). The merger will be effective from April 1, 2019.
Customers, including depositors of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, will be treated as customers of BoB with effect from April 1.
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s arms export company, has opened a training Centre for military helicopter pilots in Venezuela after Moscow flew in troops and equipment. The export wing of Russia’s arms corporation said that the helicopter training centre opened with Russian and Venezuelan specialists participating. The Centre that trains pilots to fly Russian-built Mil helicopters was built on the basis of a contract between Rosoboronexport and state-run Venezuelan Military... Read More
The Ministry of Home Affairs has turned down Mamata Banerjee government’s plea to retain 35 companies of Central forces, adding up to over 3,000 paramilitary personnel posted in areas that were earlier dominated by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist.
The State government has since then written to the Ministry to reconsider the decision, noting that the move might re-ignite the Maoist problems in the region. In its reply, the Ministry had informed the State of its decision to... Read More
For the first time in Meghalaya, braille-enabled ballot papers will be made available at all polling booths.
The ballot paper pasted on the EVMs will have the names and symbol of candidates in braille alphabets. The move will facilitate more than 800 visually impaired electorates to vote by a secret ballot.
The government extended the deadline for linking PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar by 6 months from March 31 to September 30, 2019.
This is the sixth time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) to Aadhaar.
However, it'll be mandatory to quote and link Aadhaar while filing income tax return from April 1, 2019 unless specifically exempted.
In a first, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) opened a visitors' gallery with 5,000 capacity at Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota island.
The gallery has a clear line of sight to two launch pads and large screens to explain launcher and satellite features.
This comes as ISRO is launching defence satellite EMISAT along with 28 foreign satellites on April 1, 2019.
In Assam, the Bongaigaon district administration has developed a mobile app Sankalp to particularly reach out to the first-time voters.
Bongaigaon Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said that a special initiative has been taken to encourage the first-time voters.
Mr. Khan said that the NIC team has developed the app and it will be launched soon.
the messages will be sent to the first-time voters on their mobile phones, requesting them to download the ‘Sankalp’ app.
The Deputy... Read More
Shanghai claimed to have the world’s first district with 5G coverage and a broadband gigabit network. It conducted trial runs of the 5G network, backed by telecom services provider China Mobile.
5G is the next generation of cellular technology with download speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than 4G LTE networks.
The city aims to build over 10,000 5G base stations by the end of this year and the number of 5G base stations could cross 30,000 in 2021.
NRI scientist Dr Rajendra Joshi conferred with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
The Indian Ambassador to Switzerland Sibi George handed over the award citation signed by the President to Dr Joshi at his residence in Switzerland.
Largest city: Zürich
Official languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeats USA’s John Isner in straight sets to lift his 101st career title at the Miami Open 2019. Federer is now behind only America’s Jimmy Connors with 109 career singles titles.
Roger Federer has lifted his fourth title at the Miami Open. It is Swiss player’s 28th Masters’ title and the 101st overall for a player who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
Winners of Miami Open 2019:
♦ Men's singles: Switzerland Roger... Read More
Tesla developed its ‘largest power storage system in Asia’ at Osaka train station in Japan to reduce energy demand and provide emergency backup power to trains in Japan.
It was Launched in partnership with Kintetsu, a railway operator in Japan’s Osaka.
CEO: Elon Musk
Owner: Elon Musk
Production output: 245,162 vehicles (2018)
Founders: Elon Musk, Martin Eberhard, JB Straubel, Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright
India has lost to South Korea in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament at Ipoh in Malaysia.
South Korea lifted the title, defeating India in a shoot out 4-2.
Hosts Malaysia defeated Canada 4-2 and secured the 3rd place.
Asian games Gold medalist Japan stood at 5th place, defeating Poland 6-1.
About Sultan Azlan Shah Cup:
Sport: Field hockey
The tournament is named after the ninth King of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, an avid fan of field hockey.
Administrator:... Read More
The Election Commission of India appointed Additional Director-General of Police Kumar Viswajeet as Intelligence Chief for Andhra Pradesh. A 1994 batch IPS officer, Mr. Viswajeet, is presently Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Level Police Recruitment Board (APSLPRB). He will take charge immediately.
The top post fell vacant with the Election Commission transferring former Intelligence DG, A.B. Venkateswara Rao.
The Intelligence wing plays a key role in guiding the police and the election... Read More
The Supreme Court has suspended the environmental clearance granted for an international airport at Mopa in Goa as it has observed that the health of the environment is key to preserving the right to life.
It also said that every branch of governance and institutions across the country should strive to enforce the need to strengthen the ‘environmental rule of law’ for both intra and inter-generational equity.
♦ Capital: Panaji
♦ Governor: Mridula... Read More
National Defence Academy, Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh takes charge as the Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area.
Mahesh Singh is a post graduate from Defence Services Staff College and he headed Navigation and Direction School at Kochi and the Maritime Warfare Centre at Vishakhapatnam.
He was a commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1987.
Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) became the "first Indian shipyard" to build and deliver 100 warships.
GRSE Chairman and Managing Director, Rear Admiral (Retd) V K Saxena, formally handed over the 100th warship -- 'IN LCU L-56' -- to the Indian Navy.
In the last 59 years, the company has built around 780 platforms, including 100 warships to the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Mauritius Coast Guard.
GRSE - Garden Reach Ship Builders and... Read More
Liberal lawyer Zuzana Čaputová won Slovakia's Presidential election, becoming the country's first female head of state.
A member of the Progressive Slovakia party, Čaputová won 58.3% votes after results from 98.1% of the voting districts were counted.
Čaputová defeated European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, who was backed by the ruling party, SMER-SD.
She is due to be sworn in on 15 of June.
Caputova will now become Slovakia's... Read More
The defence ministry has inducted an indigenously designed and built transport ship has been inducted into the Indian Navy. Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L56 is the sixth ship of LCU Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
Amphibious operations capability including transport of troops, tanks, and equipment will get enhanced with the addition of this LCU which will be based at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The ship is commanded by Lt Cdr Gopinath Narayan and has a complement of five... Read More
Executive Director of ICICI Bank, Vijay Chandhok appointed as MD and CEO of ICICI Securities, a subsidiary of ICICI bank. He will succeed Shilpa Naval Kumar.
He joined the ICICI Group in 1993.
At present, he is on the boards of ICICI Bank UK PLC and ICICI Bank Canada and is the Chairman of ICICI Investment Management Company.
About ICICI Bank
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai
♦ Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
♦ Founded: June 1994, Vadodara
♦... Read More
Fighter pilot Air Marshal Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon has been appointed as the new Strategic Forces Command Chief.
He will succeed in Jasbir Walia.
He was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on December 1981.
He has experience as a Commanding officer in MiG-21 Sqn and as a Chief Operating Officer of a premier flying base.