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  • Essar Oil Uk acquired assets worth Rs.800 crore from BP

    February 9, 2019
    Essar Oil UK, part of the Essar Group has acquired a number of U.K. assets from oil giant BP, as part of efforts to strengthen its distribution and logistics network, even as the company seeks to increase its presence across a number of markets.
    The assets include an equity stake in the UKOP north-to-south pipeline, a 200-km-long multi-product pipeline that connects the company’s Stanlow refinery to the Kingsbury oil terminal. It has also acquired an equity stake in the joint venture... Read More


    Siamese fighting fish was named Thailands national aquatic animal

    February 9, 2019
    Tiny, testy and eye-catching with a colorful fin plumage, the Siamese fighting fish was named Thailand's national aquatic animal. Known in the West as a betta fish, the underwater brawler is popular in home aquariums for its iridescent body and many-hued tail.
    The government said in a statement that the cabinet approved a proposal for the "fighting fish to be the national fish", citing its historical and cultural significance. Thailand's official national animal is the... Read More
    Category: International


    HC quashes one year ban imposed on ads

    February 9, 2019
    The Karnataka High Court quashed the August 6, 2018 resolution of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Regional (BBMP) banning all forms of advertisements in open spaces in the city for a period of one year.
    Justice Sunil Dutt Yadav declared that it cannot be said the fundamental rights of the petitioners and existing advertisement bylaws of 2006 could be kept in abeyance till the new advertisement bylaws are brought into force. Such action would amount to an arbitrary exercise of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    KIA for 100 percent reliance on renewable energy

    February 9, 2019
    A solar plant generating 3.5 MW of power was inaugurated in Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru Karnataka. KIA currently meets 67% of its energy requirements through solar power. It is now aiming for 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2020.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Hubble discovers NGC 6752, dwarf galaxy in cosmic neighbourhood

    February 9, 2019
    The Hubble Space Telescope has made an unexpected discovery of a new dwarf galaxy in the cosmic backyard. The dwarf galaxy is located just 30 million light-years away.
    An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study white dwarf stars within the globular cluster NGC 6752.


    Inkjet solar panels set to to produce solar panels under lower temperatures

    February 9, 2019
    Polish physicist and businesswoman Olga Malinkiewicz has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites, a new generation of cheaper solar cells, that makes it possible to produce solar panels under lower temperatures, thus sharply reducing costs.
    Solar panels coated with the mineral are light, flexible, efficient, inexpensive and come in varying hues and degrees of transparency. They can easily be fixed to almost any surface, be it laptop, car, drone, spacecraft or building,... Read More


    Solar powered cold storage system developed by NITT and IIFPT

    February 9, 2019
    A prototype solar-powered cold storage system developed jointly by the faculty members of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (NIT-T), and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur (IIFPT), was commissioned at the Industrial Automation Laboratory at the NITT.
    The aim of the cold storage system was to replicate a mobile multi-commodity cold storage system to store different fruits and vegetables towards reducing post-harvest losses. The shelf life of fruits and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    India's first smart city site visited by the Chinese solemn monitoring the development amidst

    February 9, 2019
    SIR Project in Gujarat, the Chinese investors visited the site reviewing the progress and development of the first smart city in making. Mr Guangda Xiang, Founder and Chairman, Tsingshan industries from China visited the Dholera SIR site earlier this month to see the bloom of key infrastructure. Chinese steelmaker Tsingshan Holding Group have decided to invest $3 billion in the project as announced by the founder Guangda Xiang at the Vibrant Gujarat 2019 summit in Gandhinagar last month. The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    India ropes in space technology to track border management

    February 9, 2019
    India areas are island development, border security, communication and navigation, GIS and operations planning system, and border infrastructure development. The recommendation was given a green signal as Union Minister Rajnath Singh approved use of space technology at the borders. The task force headed by Joint Secretary (Border Management) and having members from Border Security Force (BSF), Department of Space and Border Management division of the Home Ministry consulted all stakeholders... Read More


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    India Army chooses the Go Green option; inaugurates 2MW solar power plant in military station

    February 9, 2019
    The Go Green initiative, Lieutenant General Surinder Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command inaugurated a 2 MW solar power plant at Chandimandir. This is the largest Solar power project within Western Command of the Indian Army, set up at Chandimandir. Considered as one of the largest, the solar power plant in Panchkula (Haryana) was established with an investment of Rs 10 crore.


    Fifth India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meet to be held in New Delhi

    February 9, 2019
    The 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting will be held in New Delhi.
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr A. K. Abdul Momen will co-chair the meeting.
    The two sides will also sign agreements after the meeting. The last Joint Consultative Committee Meeting between the two countries was held in October 2017 at Dhaka.
    Category: Indian Affairs


    FIFA Rankings: India dropped out of 100 and Belgium remains at the top

    February 9, 2019
     AFC Asian Cup in UAE, the world ranking list had some changes, in which India is dropped out of the top 100 ranks, but  Belgium ‘s pole position remained the same. Changes in the Rank List India -103 Qatar –   55 Japan -27 Korea Republic -38 UAE – 67 Jordan – 97 iraq -80th Iran -22 Uzbekistan – 89
    Category: Sports


    Ranji Trophy:Vidarbha claimed Second Successive Ranji Title beating Saurashtra

    February 9, 2019
    Defending champions Vidarbha won the Ranji Trophy 2018-19, which is the 85th season of the Ranji Trophy by defeating Saurashtra. This victory is their Successive victory since they won the Trophy last year.
    Category: Sports


    Frances highest civilian honour is conferred to 92 years Old Bengal Priest Father Francois Laborde

    February 9, 2019
    Father Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, conferred with the Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for specially-abled children in Howrah. He was entitled by the French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler. Father Francois Laborde, French-origin with Indian citizenship,is considered to be the third person from the state to be entitled with the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
    Category: International


    USFDA approved Laurus Labs HIV drug

    February 9, 2019
    Laurus Labs, a Pharma firm, has received tentative approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Dolutegravir (TLD) 300/300/ 50mg fixed dose combination drug. The product is the preferred first-line regimen for the treatment of people living with HIV. It will be available in the generic form in low and middle-income countries. The U.S. health regulator had given tentative approval under the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Meanwhile,... Read More


    Chennai Police Commissioner launches mobile app Digicop

    February 9, 2019
    Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan launched mobile App ‘DigiCop’ of the city police department at the commissioner’s office in Chennai. This app as of now have details of 18,000 stolen mobile phones are stored. Using this app, the user can lodge mobile theft complaints and also check if the user’s mobile is in the police list of retrieved mobiles. Moreover, if someone is buying a phone from a second-hand shop they can verify if the phone is stolen or... Read More




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