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  • India's first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant completed its first deterrence patrol

    402 days ago
    The submarine completes India's nuclear triad -- which means that the country now has the capability of firing nuclear weapons from land, air and sea. INS Arihant was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2016. Another nuclear submarine -- the Argihat -- will be commissioned in the next few years. HIGHLIGHTS: ♦ INS Arihant can fire nuclear weapons from underwater. ♦ Arihant is an important part of India's no-first-use nuclear policy. ♦ Arihant is part of a... Read More


    India to extend $310 mn loan for Zimbabwe power plant

    402 days ago
    India announced that it would extend a $310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan. A fund of $2.9 million will also be extended to upgrade the Indo-Zim Technology Centre, which India had gifted to the African country.


    Pakistan clinched T20 series

    402 days ago
    Pakistan clinched the three-match series and claimed the world’s best Twenty20 team. It defeated New Zealand here after a six-wicket victory to 2-0.
    Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) and Shoaib Malik (10) added 34 quick-fire runs to help Pakistan overhaul the 154-run target in 19.4 overs. New Zealand was lifted to 153 for seven by Corey Anderson and Colin Munro who made 44 each after Kane Williamson opted to bat on a slow-paced pitch.
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Karnataka State to sanction Rs.42 crore to BBMP for immediate cleaning of SWDs

    402 days ago
    The State government told the High Court of Karnataka that it had been decided to sanction Rs.42 crore to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for immediate cleaning of Storm-water Drains (SWD). A submission in this regard was made before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.Sujatha during the hearing on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions, related to potholes, SWDs, and illegal hoardings, through which the court is monitoring the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Plans for Antarctic sanctuary was shot down

    402 days ago
    The plan to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down as the environmentalists denounced a lack of scientific foresight and hence the key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus. Member states of the organisation tasked with overseeing the sustainable exploitation of the Southern Ocean failed at an annual meeting to agree over the 1.8 million sq km maritime protection zone. The proposed sanctuary is around five times the size of... Read More


    World Tsunami Awareness Day being observed today

    402 days ago
    In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day. Over the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, which is the highest number of deaths than in any other natural hazard.
    Category: Important Days


    World's largest supercomputer 'SpiNNaker' switched on for the first time

    402 days ago
    The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer SpiNNaker (‘Spiking Neural Network Architecture’ machine), which was designed and built to work like a human brain, has been switched on for the first time. Made up of one million processors, SpiNNaker can complete over 200 million-million actions per second. The supercomputer will help scientists better understand how neurological diseases like Parkinson's impact the brain.


    Pari Singh, 22-yr-old Jharkhand girl heads Australia High Commission for a day

    402 days ago
    She got the opportunity after winning an annual programme held to mark the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child. Pari Singh hails from a naxal-affected village in Jamshedpur. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution adopting 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls' rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face realizing them.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Delhi's Signature Bridge inaugurated 14 years after conceptualisation

    402 days ago
    Signature Bridge over the Yamuna river is double the height of Qutub Minar and connects the Wazirabad across the river Yamuna to the inner city. It'll reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes, saving the pollution and fuel. With features like a 154-metre high observation deck and selfie spots, the bridge will also serve as a tourist spot. Delhi’s Signature Bridge is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India... Read More
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    Nagaland records highest school dropouts in India

    402 days ago
    As per survey conducted by the World Bank, the student dropout rate in Nagaland's upper primary (VI-VIII) and the secondary (IX-X) class stood at 17.7 per cent and 35.1 per cent respectively. The student dropout rate in Nagaland's primary schools, in Grades I-V, stood at 19.4%, four times above the national average of 4.3%, making it the state with highest school dropout rate in the country. This data was presented by Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth of Nagaland Chief... Read More


    Reliance Industries receives India's first LC payment via blockchain

    402 days ago
    In a first for India, British bank HSBC Holdings Plc has executed a trade finance transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries to an American client, Tricon Energy. Blockchain massively reduced the time taken for processing the documents.
    Category: Business & Economy


    U.K. unveiled sculpture to honour Indian soldiers

    402 days ago
    A sculpture in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during World War I was unveiled in the town of Smethwick in the West Midlands region of England. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick had commissioned the Lions of the Great War monument, which depicts a turbaned Sikh soldier, to honour the sacrifices made by millions of South Asian service personnel of all faiths who fought for Britain in the world wars and other conflicts as part of the British Indian Army.
    The 10-foot bronze statue was... Read More
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    Subhankar Dey won SaarLorLux Open Badminton tournament in Germany

    402 days ago
    This triumph marks his first title of the year.
    He got off to a fine start in 2018 when he finished runner-up in the Kabal International tournament in the Czech Republic in March.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    E office to be implemented in 35 departments in January

    402 days ago
    The concept of e-office has been implemented in some offices over the past couple of years on a pilot basis. Upon huge success, the concept of e-office is set to take off in around 35 departments simultaneously from January 1. While e-office or less-paper office has made entry at different levels across departments, these offices are not integrated or interconnected at present.
    So far, about 60 government offices have adopted the less-paper concept, but they are not interconnected, which... Read More
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    Dinkar Asthana appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

    402 days ago
    It is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of the 1990 batch. Currently, he is Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic.


    India ranked 12th globally in web-borne threats Kaspersky Lab

    402 days ago
    Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on computers of KSN participants in India. Regarding vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download), infection happened when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from the user and without their knowledge. This is the most used method by cybercriminals for this kind of attacks. During July-September 2018, Kaspersky Lab products detected 68,405,291 local malware incidents on... Read More
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    Delhi AQI falls to moderate level

    402 days ago
    The National Capital Region’s air quality improved significantly and fell to moderate levels. The Delhi Police seized over 800 kg of banned firecrackers during raids in the north and west Delhi. This move is after the order by Supreme Court which said only ‘green crackers’ will be sold in Delhi-NCR during Diwali.
    According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on 4th November was 171. This range falls in the moderate category.... Read More
    Category: Environment


    Singapore is Asia most sustainable city: Arcadis

    402 days ago
    Singapore maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis. The Sustainability Index assessed cities based on 3 pillars: profit pillar, people pillar and planet pillar. Singapore secured fourth place in global rankings.
    As per the study, Singapore ranked first for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities. Singapore ranked 31st out of 100 cities, for the people pillar that tests social... Read More
    Category: International


    OMCs and CSC SPV signed MOU for collaboration in LPG Services

    402 days ago
    Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, HPCL & BPCL) and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited signed an MOU for collaboration in LPG services. This will be done under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY). Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,and The MOU consists of the following: Booking new LPG connection (Ujjwala & General category) Booking of LPG refills (14.2 Kg cylinders) Supply & distribution of LPG... Read More
    Category: International




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