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  • Malayalam film Olu to be the opening film at 49th International Film Festival of India

    408 days ago
    The feature film Jury, headed by acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail, selected the film ‘Olu’, directed by Shaji N Karun as the opening feature film of the Indian Panorama Section of 49th International Film Festival of India  (IFFI) 2018. IFFI 2018 would be celebrated from 20th November to 30th November in Goa. Four selected mainstream films include 'Tiger Zinda Hai', 'Padmaavat' and 'Raazi'.


    Tata Steel named as official partner of men's Hockey World Cup

    408 days ago
    Men's hockey World Cup 2018 to be held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha from November 28 to December 16. Tata Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world. Tata Steel is the first private sector company in India to start a hockey academy. ♦ Hockey India CEO - Elena Norman.
    Category: Sports


    India will become 3rd largest aviation market in world by 2020: Foreign Secretary

    408 days ago
    Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale announced that India is aimed at laying 40 kilometres of highways every day by 2018 and 2019 - a three-time jump from four years ago. Projects which lift India's position to 3rd largest aviation market by 2020 are: ♦ Chabahar port being develped in Iran to improve connectivity to the West. ♦ Activities in Bangladesh include inland waterways container ports. ♦ The Kaladan project being implemented in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Pather Panchali on BBCs list of 100 best foreign language films

    408 days ago
    Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray’s epic masterpiece, has been included in BBC’s list of 100 best foreign language films and is the only film from India to feature in it.
    The film was released in 1955 and the first in Ray’s Apu trilogy was placed at number 15 in the list, which was topped by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
    The list was culled out from a poll where over 200 critics from 43 countries picked a foreign language film they thought was the best. It was... Read More
    Category: Index / List


    India delays imposition of retaliatory tariffs on US goods till December 17

    408 days ago
    India has postponed imposing higher duties worth $235 million on 29 American goods to December 17. The retaliatory tariffs were scheduled to come into effect November 2 and have been postponed for the third time. With the new tariffs, the import duty on walnut would be hiked to 120% from 30% while that on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and masur dal would become 70% from 30% now. Similarly, the duty rate on lentils will be hiked to 40% from 30%.


    India to hold 2 meetings ahead of Poland climate talks

    408 days ago
    The UN climate talks are to be held in Katowice, Poland in December. But before the talks India is hosting two key meetings in New Delhi with a group of countries called the LMDC, the ‘Like Minded Developing Countries’ that includes India, China, Venezuela and Iran and BASIC, which constitutes Brazil, South Africa, India, China, which are networks that have been formed to lend weight to the concerns of the developing countries. One of these meetings, of the LMDC, was underway.
    Category: International


    India and South Korea signed a MoU for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism

    408 days ago
    Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
    The objectives of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators, increase the exchange of information and data related to tourism, encourage participation in travel fairs/exhibitions in each other’s country and promote safe,... Read More
    Category: International


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Support and Outreach Programme

    408 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi. On the occasion, various announcements and deliverables focussing on access to credit, access to market, hand-holding and facilitation support to the sector are likely to be announced.
    The  MSME Outreach Programme will run for 100 days covering 100 Districts throughout the country.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    The U.S. revoked duty import of at least 50 Indian products

    408 days ago
    The U.S. revoked duty-free concessions on the import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors. The revocation is to reflect the Trump administration’s tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi.
    The Federal Register issued a notification, listing 90 products which were so far subject to duty-free provisions under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), an oldest and largest U.S. trade preference programme.
    The GSP is designed to... Read More
    Category: International


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    Qatar to host World Corporate Games in 2019

    408 days ago
    Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games between 6 and 9 November 2019. This is the first time the World Corporate Games will be held in the Middle East. Nearly 8,000 international and local participants will take part.


    Mahendra Singh Foundation Inc appoints Aishwarya Sharma as their India brand ambassador

    408 days ago
    Mahendra Singh Foundation (MSF), a New York-based organization, has appointed Aishwarya Sharma as its India brand ambassador for #takethepowerback project. Aishwarya Sharma has a blog named Figuramoda where she speaks on various topics through her fashion blog posts. She is a fashion activist.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    The U.S. revoked duty import of at least 50 Indian products

    408 days ago
    The U.S. revoked duty-free concessions on the import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors. The revocation is to reflect the Trump administration’s tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi.
    The Federal Register issued a notification, listing 90 products which were so far subject to duty-free provisions under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), an oldest and largest U.S. trade preference programme.
    The GSP is designed to... Read More
    Category: International


    G.N.Bajpai stepped down from the board of IL and FS

    408 days ago
    G.N.Bajpai, the former chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has stepped down from the newly constituted board of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). He cited personal reasons. His resignation effected from October 30, 2018.
    Bajpai is currently a non-executive director and chairman of Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd.


    Scientists said that the oceans are heating up 60 percent faster

    408 days ago
    Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the world’s oceans have absorbed 60% more heat than previously thought over the last quarter of a century leaving Earth more sensitive still to the effects of climate change.
    The Scientists also said that the world’s oceans have absorbed 90% of the temperature rise caused by man-made carbon emissions. But new research found that for each of the last 25 years, oceans had absorbed heat energy... Read More
    Category: Environment


    Lt General PC Thimmaya assumed charge as General Officer Commander-in-Chief of ARTRAC

    408 days ago
    Lieutenant General PC Thimmaya took charge as the 21st General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC) facility. He was earlier posted as the Commandant of Army War College in MHOW, Madhya Pradesh. He passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) with the Sword of Honour in 1981.


    Odisha government declared drought in 9 districts in the State

    408 days ago
    The Odisha government declared drought in 9 of the 30 districts in the State. The State has also authorised the Collectors of the districts to undertake relief measures in the affected areas.
    The State government said that a total of 2,33,173.8 hectares of cropland in Bargarh, Balangir, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sundargarh have suffered crop loss of 33% and above.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM takes over as the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of IAF

    408 days ago
    Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM succeeds Air Marshal HN Bhagwat AVSM VM who retired on 31 October 2018. Air Marshal PP Bapat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 28 May 1983. He was commissioned as a Fighter Controller. Earlier, he carried out the responsibilities of Director General (Works & Ceremonials). He was awarded ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ by President of India in 2014. He represented Madhya Pradesh twice in National Cycle Polo... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Emerging Trends in Aviation Engineering and Logistics AVIAMAT 2018 held in New Delhi

    408 days ago
    A two-day seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Aviation Engineering and Logistics’ (AVIAMAT-2018) concluded at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, in New Delhi. It was organized by the Indian Air Force and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa delivered the keynote address. Important topics of discussion were: Path Breaking Aviation Engineering Technologies, Indigenous Development of Innovative Technologies, Emerging Trends in Aviation Fuel... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    AQI of Delhi remains very poor

    408 days ago
    National Capital Region has been tested with air quality still at very poor range. The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded the Capital’s Air Quality Index at 368, which denotes a very poor range. It also said if it is maintained so, then there are chances that the next three days will see little improvement.  It stated that about 12% of pollution by PM 2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometres) was... Read More
    Category: Environment


    K J Alphons presides over the Program and Budget Committee meeting of UNWTO

    408 days ago
    Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons attended the 109th session of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council in Manama, Bahrain from 30th October to 1st November 2018. India will be the chair of Programme and Budget Committee of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021. He also met the Secretary-General of UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili.
    They discussed involving UNWTO in developing tourism and establishing Global Public-Private... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Union Cabinet approves Renaming Of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda

    408 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.
    Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. The Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill the long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area.
    Category: Indian Affairs




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