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  • U.S. Commercial Service to bring more than 100 U.S. companies to India

    May 7, 2019
    The U.S. Commercial Service is to bring more than 100 U.S. companies to India as a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s largest annual trade mission program, Trade Winds. Trade Winds Indo-Pacific is to feature a three-day business forum in New Delhi, with additional trade mission stops in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Bangladesh. At each mission stop, the attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted... Read More

    Saurav Ghosal & Joshna Chinappa Win Asian Individual Squash Championship Titles

    May 7, 2019
    Ace Indian squash players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Saurav Ghosal defeated Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong. Joshna Chinappa, on the other hand retained her title as she beat top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong in the women’s final event  
    Category: Sports

    Justice PR Ramachandra Menonwas sworn in as CJ of the Chhattisgarh HC

    May 7, 2019
    Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court on 6th May. Governor Anandiben Patel administered him the oath of office and secrecy at a function at Raj Bhawan. The office the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh fell vacant after the resignation of Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi following his appointment as Judicial Member in the Lokpal. Justice PR Ramachandra Menon: Initially, he was sworn-in as Additional Judge of High Court of Kerala on January... Read More

    The two Reuters journalists were released from Myanmar jail

    May 7, 2019
    Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar for breaking the country's Official Secrets Act walked free from prison after spending more than 500 days behind bars. The duo received a presidential pardon.
    Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo revealed the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men. They had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail. Released under presidential amnesty: It is customary in Myanmar for authorities to free prisoners across... Read More
    Category: International

    Odisha sought Rs.7000 crore under PMAY Scheme for the flood disaster relief

    May 7, 2019
    The Odisha State government demanded special allotment of Rs.7,000 crore under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio. Provision of five lakh disaster-resilient affordable houses which would require Rs.7,000 crore was sought by the State. Centre will provide further assistance to cyclone-hit Odisha after the assessment by an inter-ministerial Central team. Assuring that a Central team would visit the State soon to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure, housing,... Read More

    Govt. introduced FAME II Scheme

    May 7, 2019
    The government introduced the FAME II scheme to boost the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles.
    The scheme estimates that India can country save 64% of anticipated road-based mobility related energy demand and 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.
    This reduction in energy demand would result in the reduction of 156 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in diesel and petrol consumption for that year and net saving of... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    SpaceX successfully launched cargo mission for NASA to ISS

    May 7, 2019
    SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft on a cargo mission for NASA to International Space Station (ISS).
    This is SpaceX's fifth launch of the year. The launch was rescheduled earlier due to some electrical problem on ISS. It was launched on a 'Falcon 9' rocket, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is being used for the first time. Rocket on boards an uncrewed Cargo Dragon spacecraft.
    About the Dragon spacecraft: It is scheduled to reach ISS on May 6. It carries... Read More

    IBSA Sherpas meet concluded in Cochin

    May 7, 2019
    India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Sherpas meeting was held in Cochin, Kerala from May 3 to May 5, 2019. Before IBSA Sherpas meeting, the 9th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Meeting was also concluded at the same venue. Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs and Amb. Norberto Moretti, Sherpa of Brazil and Prof. Anil Sooklal, Sherpa of South Africa led their respective delegation at the meeting. The Sherpas of all three... Read More

    EC relaxed MCC in Maharashtra for conducting drought relief works

    May 7, 2019
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has permitted relaxation in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in Maharashtra for conducting drought relief works in the state. The relaxation was made after state CM Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the EC on the issue.
    The EC further directed that government staff involved in vote counting shouldn't accompany ministers on any tour during this period. ECI's Model Code of Conduct (MCC): MCC is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    INS Vela: Indian Navys 4th Scorpene-class made in India submarine launched

    May 7, 2019
    INS Vela, Indian Navy’s 4th Scorpene-class submarine was launched at Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai. This is the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines under Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai. The Scorpene-class submarine has been termed as the Kalavari Class. Project 75 is a $3.75 billion contract inked between French Company DCNS (now Naval Group) and the Mazagon Dock Ltd in 2005 for construction and transfer of technology for 6 Scorpene-class submarines. Before... Read More

    XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019

    May 7, 2019
    The XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019 was held at Centre of Sport and Recreation in Warsaw, Poland from April 28 to May 5, 2019. The event was organised by the Polish Boxing Association. In this tournament, India won a total 6 medals which include 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medal. The 22-year-old Gaurav Solanki defeated England’s William Cawley by 5-0 in Fly (52-kg) category. Last year, Solanki won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Israel honoured 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War hero Lt. Gen JFR Jacob

    May 7, 2019
    Israel honoured Lt. Gen. (retd) Jack Farj Rafael (JFR) Jacob who negotiated the historic surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, with a plaque on the Wall of Honour at the Ammunition Hill. Lt. Gen. Jacob, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 92, was one of the most prominent members of India’s relatively small Jewish community serving as a Lieutenant General in the Indian Army and later as a Governor of two Indian states-Goa and Punjab. About... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Dragan Mihailovic Appointed As Coach Of Indian Volleyball Team

    May 7, 2019
    The Volleyball Federation of India appointed Serbian Dragan Mihailovic as head coach of the men’s national team in a move linked to the long term goal of Olympic Games qualification.
    Mihailovic has more than 25 years of experience as a coach. The VFI also announced the appointment of Przemyslaw Soszynski and Vladimir Radosevic as the team’s physio trainer and physiotherapist respectively.
    About Volleyball Federation of India  President: S Vasudevan Founded:... Read More
    Category: Sports

    SBI Card raised Rs. 700 crore from banks and financial institutions to grow above industry average

    May 7, 2019
    SBI Card raised Rs. 700 crore from various financial institutions including its parent SBI (State Bank of India) in the 2nd half of FY19 (Financial Year) to grow above the industry average. SBI Cards and Payment Services Pvt. Ltd (SBI Card) raised Rs. 100 crore from ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd, Rs. 250 crore from State Bank of India and Rs. 50 crore each from Canara Bank and Axis Bank by issuing NCDs (Non Convertible Debentures) at 9.15% coupon. SBI Card also raised additional Rs.... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    G D Robert Govender honoured with V K Krishna Menon Award

    May 7, 2019
    Indian –origin journalist G D ‘Robert’ Govender conferred with V K Krishna Menon Award 2019 in UK for his contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.
    The award is given to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of V K Krishna Menon, Indian diplomat and politician.
    He is the first person who has been awarded the V K Krishna Menon posthumously.
    He died in the UK in 2016. Govender had written many books in the field of journalism but his one of the outstanding... Read More



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