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  • ISRO launched GSAT-31 fromFrench Guiana

    February 6, 2019
    Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 has been launched successfully by European launch services provider- Ariane-5 rocket from French Guiana. It placed GSAT-31 in the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Weighing about 2,535 kg, the GSAT-31 will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.
    GSAT-31 is to provide transponder capacity for supporting VSAT networks, Television uplinks, Digital... Read More


    Cielo Di Houston, new vessel reached city on maiden voyage

    February 6, 2019
    The New Mangaluru Port received a long-range vessel which was on its maiden voyage after being commissioned in Mangaluru. MT (Motor Tanker) Cielo Di Houston, constructed by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea, at its Vinashin facility in Vietnam, with Liberian flag, called on the Port. The vessel, with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 74,999 tonnes, came with 65,000 tonnes of ballast from Port of Singapore.
    They welcomed Vessel Captain Shawkat Ali on behalf of Port Chairman M.T.Krishna Babu and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Google to shut down its Google Plus platform

    February 6, 2019
    Google is to shut down its Google Plus platform, which had been originally conceived as a social networking option different from Facebook and Twitter. This announcement was made in December 2018. The reason for the shutdown was prompted by a major security breach, besides the lack of a growth trajectory that Google had anticipated.
    The shutdown process has started. The option for users to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events is no longer available, since February 4.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    India signed MoU with Republic of Poland for coal mining

    February 6, 2019
    The Union Ministry of Coal on February 4, 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, the Republic of Poland in New Delhi on cooperation in the field of coal mining.
    The MoU was signed between Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Energy. The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    NGT imposed fine of Rs.25 lakh on UP government

    February 6, 2019
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a cost of Rs.25 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to stop dumping of sewage and untreated water in the Upper Ganga Canal. Earlier, the State government submitted that a sewage treatment plant in Niwari will be installed within six months.
    But it failed to do so.
    A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the Urban Development Ministry to deposit a performance guarantee of Rs.35 lakh. National Green... Read More


    MoEF approved bullet train via flamingo and Sanjay Gandhi national park

    February 6, 2019
    A committee, chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, approved wildlife clearance to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad fast bullet train corridor that encroaches upon a Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the home to leopards, in Mumbai. The proposal involves diversion of 3.2756 ha of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and 97.5189 ha of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area.
    The project for one of... Read More
    Category: Environment


    RBI Penalised a total of Rs.5.2 Crore on Axis Bank, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank for violation of norms

    February 6, 2019
    Axis Bank, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank are penalized with a total of Rs.5.2 Crore by RBI Bank for violating the guidelines in regulatory compliance. The Segregation of the Penalised amount are as follows, Axis Bank and UCO Bank imposed with a Penalty of Rs.2 Crore each for their not committing with the norms related to payment through cheques. Further Axis Bank imposed a Penalty of 20 Lakhs for the detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.
    Category: Banking & Finance


    Swiggy acquires Bengaluru-Based AI Startup Kint

    February 6, 2019
    Food delivery startup Swiggy a Bengaluru-based AI startup Kint.io for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal, Kint.io’s founding members Pavithra Solai Jawahar and Jagannathan Veeraraghavan will join the Swiggy team. Founded in 2014, Kint.io specializes in applying deep learning and computer vision for object recognition in videos. Acqui-hiring refers to buying out a company or an entity primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff rather than for its products or services.
    Category: Business & Economy


    Kala Ghoda Festival 2019 Begins In Mumbai

    February 6, 2019
    Kala Ghoda festival, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature, and sculpture. Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association. The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.
    Category: Festivals


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    Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 30th National Road Safety Week in New Delhi

    February 6, 2019
    External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 30th National Road Safety Week, 2019 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi. The theme of the 30th National Road Safety Week is “Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha”. The motor rally will cover around 7250 km and will travel through those places in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar... Read More


    Centre is not willing to recommend Presidents rule in Bengal

    February 6, 2019
    After the City Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam, the BJP leaders demanded President's rule in the State. Saradha scam is about Rs.2500 crore.
    Centre declared that the incident bordered on the failure of constitutional machinery, but the situation was not grave enough to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution enabling the President’s rule.
    President's rule: President's rule is the suspension of state government and imposition of direct... Read More
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    World heritage centre to be set up at Mayapur in West Bengal

    February 6, 2019
    A World Heritage Centre housing 'spiritual camps' of 45 countries would be set up at Mayapur, the global headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in Nadia district. The process for setting up the center got momentum after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inquired about the project at a recent administrative meeting in Nadia district. The estimated cost of the proposed center will be around 3000 crores. The Temple of Vedic Planetarium... Read More
    Category: International


    Russia to make 2 types of new missiles

    February 6, 2019
    US announced that it is to withdraw from the INF treaty. After the announcement, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the country is to make two types of missile in the year 2019-20.
    The two types of missile Russia plans to develop are: 1) A land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile   2) Land-based long-range hypersonic missile The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation launched Shehri Samridhi Utsav

    February 6, 2019
    Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), is launched with the aim to extend the reach of Deendayal Antyodaya Mission – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM). About Shehri Samridhi Utsav It is the National Exhibition and a sale of Self Help Group products and National Street Food Festival organized in New Delhi. Through Shehri Samridhi Utsav scheme, Self Help Group members all over the places are linked to national government... Read More
    Category: Schemes


    Union Government notifies Rules to allow women to work in mines

    February 6, 2019
    Ministry of Union Labour and Employment allowed women to work in mines, both in opencast and underground, during the day and night, as part of the efforts to build more opportunities for women. This decision has been taken in line with the recommendations of section 12 of the Mines act, 1952.




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