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The UIDAI has issued a total of 122.90 crore Aadhaar cards as on November 30, 2018.
Out of these, 6.71 crore Aadhaar cards were issued to children aged below five years while over 29 crore were given to those aged between 5-18 years.
Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said the number of children born within last one year of the 2011 census is 2,08,98,228.
According to an External Affairs Ministry release, the two sides exchanged the list under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan.
The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988, and entered into force on January 27, 1991, provides that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the pact on the first of January of every calendar year.
This is the twenty seventh consecutive... Read More
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam. It also recommended reserving Assembly seats for indigenous communities in the State.
This move is after the Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured Assam Chief Minister... Read More
President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
His appointment is effective from December 31, 2018.
Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Pankaj Sharma as its chief operations officer (COO).
Prior to this, Sharma was heading retail operations of Axis Bank.
Under his leadership, the ATM channel, phone banking and branch automation and digital initiatives at Axis Bank took shape.
NCC Limited, formerly Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd, an infrastructure firm, received four new orders totalling to Rs. 2,890.7 crore (exclusive of GST) in December 2018 from government agencies.
One of them for Rs.680.3 crore pertains to water and environment division, while two orders totalling Rs.2,126.8 crore pertain to roads division. The fourth order for Rs.83.7 crore pertains to building division. Shares of NCC were trading 3.12% up at Rs 74.40 apiece on the BSE. The... Read More
Mr. Bolsonaro, 63 won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party.
♦ Capital: Brasilia.
♦ Currency: Brazilian real.
France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1, finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday amid difficulties in finalizing a new EU-wide levy.
France has been pushing hard for a new so-called “GAFA tax” named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe.
With the merger, Bank of Baroda (BoB) will become the country’s third-largest bank after State Bank of India and ICICI Bank.
This marks the first-ever three way amalgamation in the country's banking sector.
The merger will come into force on April 1, 2019.
As per the scheme of amalgamation, Bank of Baroda will be the transferee bank while the other two public sector banks will be transferor banks.
About Bank of Baroda:
♦ Headquarters: Alkapuri, Vadodara
♦ CEO: P. S.... Read More
Juno spacecraft, NASA’s solar-powered probe on Jupiter, has beamed back new images of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io, captured during the mission’s 17th flyby of the gas giant. On December 21, four of Juno’s cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io.
Jupiter’s Io moon:
♦ Io is the most volcanic body in our solar system
♦ Io's volcanoes were discovered by NASA's Voyager spacecraft in... Read More
The missions include the second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 (₹800-crore mission) to land on the moon with lander and rover.
India's maiden human space mission in 2021-22, Gaganyaan, will also be pursued this year.
Among the ISRO's achievements in 2018 were launch of the heaviest satellite GSAT-29 (3,423 kg) on November 14 and building the heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 (5,854 kg), launched on December 5 onboard the Arianespace space agency's rocket from French Guiana... Read More
Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) reported that Sweden has been named the first best performing country in the CCPI 2019 list. CCPI evaluates the climate protection performance of 60 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
Morocco has been named second. Morocco, the North African country significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and increased new renewable energy capacity. Lithuania is in the third position... Read More
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set up a committee under former SEBI Chairman UK Sinha to address issues regarding the sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
This comes after RBI allowed one-time restructuring of MSME loans of up to ₹25 crore.
Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This ceremony was instituted by the Berhampur University, Odisha.
During the 53rd foundation day ceremony, the university also honoured noted folk dance guru Nabaghana Parida with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman.
France‘s football team which last year defeated Croatia to win the World Cup were awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award for “exceptional service” to the nation, in the New Year’s honors list.
The football World Cup 2018 at Russia was France’s second World Cup title, after the 1998 World Cup.
Each of the 23 players of the French football team, including star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, received France’s top medal... Read More
The Union Cabinet approved the amendment on Trade Unions Act, 1926, to facilitate recognition of trade unions at the Central and federal level. The amendment was proposed by the Centre. Most trade unions opposed the proposed amendments saying the government was trying to interfere in, and cripple, their functioning.
Ten Central trade unions had earlier written to the Labour Ministry objecting to the draft version of the amendment Bill; the only major standout was the Bharatiya Mazdoor... Read More
The first SwS event saw interaction of 40 students and 10 teachers from select schools with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan during which the students were briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man at the Anthariksh Bhavan, Bengaluru.
The Q&A session that followed saw Dr. Sivan engaging students on a series of topics ranging from rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan, Gaganyaan, and various space applications.
The Chairman asked students to study science and mathematics... Read More
The US had notified UNESCO of its decision to quit the organisation in October 2017 and had called for its "fundamental reform". Israel followed the US in quitting UNESCO.
The Paris-based organisation has previously criticised Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem and granted full membership to Palestine in 2011.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was co-founded by the US after World War II with the mission of seeking to “build peace... Read More
Lakhs of women from across Kerala formed a 620-km long Women’s Wall, that stretched from Kasargod in northern Kerala to the southernmost district of Thiruvananthapuram, to uphold gender equality and renaissance values.
This was a state-sponsored move done in the backdrop of protests in Sabarimala due to Supreme Court’s decision to all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine.
Health minister K K Shylaja was the leader of the human chain at Kasargod whereas leader Brinda Karat was the... Read More
Ramakant Achrekar, who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, died at his residence in Mumbai. He was 86. Achrekar served as a cricket coach on the Mumbai maidans for more than four three decades until he was paralysed in the late 1990s.
In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country's highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010. He was honoured the Lifetime... Read More
Kumbh Mela 2019’, the Union Home Ministry (MHA) approved the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj.
MHA had earlier approved the renaming of the British-era railway station Robertsganj as Sonbhadra, Farah Town railway station near Mathura and iconic Mughalsarai junction after Deen Dayal Upadhyay both in Uttar Pradesh.
The Centre also approved the renaming of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai as Chhatrapati Shivaji... Read More