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  • UP launched schemes for skill development, employment generation for youths

    466 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh State government has launched three schemes, namely Kaushal Satrang, Yuva Hub, and an apprenticeship scheme for skill development and employment generation for youths in the state. It also has announced to depute Arogya Mitras at all primary health centres to inform people about govt health schemes. The schemes were launched by Chief Minister... Read More

    Assam to construct 33 stadiums under Uttran scheme

    466 days ago
    The Assam government has announced that it is to construct 33 stadiums in the state under the Uttaran scheme. It was announced by the Principal Secretary of Sports Avinash Joshi and Joint Director Kamaljit Talukdar. Highlights: ♦ A total sum of Rs.300 crore will be spent to build the stadiums across the state. ♦ Also, 500 playgrounds... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Centre approves 4 percent hike in DA to 21 percent

    466 days ago
    The Union Cabinet approved a 4% hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) to 21% for 48 lakh government employees and 65 lakh pensioners. The announcement was made by the Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar. The government will incur Rs.14,595 crore additional expenses due to the hike. Dearness Allowance: ♦ DA is provided by the government to its... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay passed away

    466 days ago
    Veteran Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay passed away on 11 March at South Kolkata. He was 69 years old. He died due to prolonged ailments. He was known for his works in films such as Sansar Simante and Bhalobasa Bhalobasa. He had been suffering from carcinoma and was admitted to a hospital with blood sugar and hypertension. Santu Mukhopadhyay: Santu... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    India offered 600 tonnes of rice to flood victims of Madagascar

    466 days ago
    India offered 600 tonnes of rice to flood victims of Madagascar. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shardul brought the relief material and arrived at Port Antsiranana in Madagascar. This is The second delivery of relief materials was handed over by Ambassador Abhay Kumar to Madagascar Foreign Minister Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba Liva. The rice is to be distributed... Read More

    India Post launched free digital parcel locker service

    466 days ago
    The Department of Posts has introduced a free digital parcel locker service in the city from 11 March for the first time in India. The Chief Post Master General, West Bengal Circle, Gautam Bhattacharya, inaugurated the service from the Nabadiganta IT Post Office. Free digital parcel locker: ♦ Free digital parcel locker facility will be available... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Tiger Woods to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of fame

    466 days ago
    Tiger Woods is to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of fame in its class of 2021. He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in December 2020, once the age of entry was lowered from 50 to 45. Woods has won 15 majors and a joint record 82 times on the PGA Tour. The 44-year-old won the Masters at Augusta in April 2019 for his 15th major. Tiger Woods: Eldrick... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Astronomers found Iron raining exoplanet

    466 days ago
    Astronomers from Spain's Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) has discovered an exoplanet WASP-76b where it "rains iron." The conditions of the exoplanet was discovered by Echelle Spectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO). The high-resolution instrument is installed on the European... Read More

    Newly discovered treehopper species named after Lady Gaga

    466 days ago
    A newly discovered species of treehopper was named after the performer Lady Gaga. The insect species has been named as Kaikaia Gaga. It was named by Brendan Morris, a University of Illinois, a Ph.D. entomology student. Kaikaia Gaga: Kaikaia Gaga is a part of the family Membracidae. The species is around 40 million years old. K. gaga was found nearly... Read More
    Category: Environment

    GoI might approve license for persons with Colour blindness

    466 days ago
    Government is planning to approve licence for the persons with Colour blindness. People with a mild or moderate colour vision deficiency may get to drive commercial vehicles too. AIIMS Study: ♦ Ministry of road transport is to prepare draft norms after a panel of ophthalmologists from AIIMS gave its recommendations on this issue. ♦... Read More

    Google launched a tool to help developers make websites more color blind friendly

    466 days ago
    Google launched a new Chrome tool that will allow developers to tune their websites for visual impairments like color blindness to help them fix accessibility issues on their sites. Highlights: ♦ The developers can use this feature by launching Google Chrome. ♦ The developers can head to the browser's Developer tools. Choose More... Read More

    Maharashtra approved renaming Mumbai Central Terminus station as Nana Shankarseth Terminus Station

    466 days ago
    The Maharashtra state cabinet government approved the renaming Mumbai Central Terminus station as Nana Shankarseth Terminus Station or Jagannath Sunkersett. The proposal will be sent to the Ministry of Railways for its approval. The proposal was initiated by the transport ministry headed by Anil Parab. Jagannath Sunkersett: Jagannath Sunkersett... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Eric Horvitz appointed as CSO of Microsoft

    466 days ago
    Microsoft has appointed Eric Horvitz as its first-ever Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). He will provide cross-company leadership on advances and trends on scientific matters and on issues and opportunities arising at the intersection of technology people and society. The team under Horvitz will advise the company on its scientific directions and capabilities,... Read More

    Centre to distribute fortified rice through PDS to curb malnutrition

    466 days ago
    Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Department of Food & Public Distribution has approved the Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on "Fortification of Rice and its Distribution under Public Distribution System (PDS)" for a period of three years beginning from 2019-20. Fortification of Rice and its Distribution... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Anganwadi Workers were given Smart Phone for ICDS-CAS

    466 days ago
    Anganwadi Workers are provided with Smart Phone through States for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)-Common Application Software (CAS) developed under POSHAN Abhiyaan. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani announced the information. Smart Phone for Anganwadi Workers: ♦ The aim of distributing Smart Phone... Read More

    ARI studies methane-oxidizing bacteria for methane mitigation

    466 days ago
    Scientists at Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have isolated 45 different strains of methanotrophic bacteria. These bacteria have been found to be capable of reducing methane emissions from rice plants. Methanotrophic bacteria: ♦ Methanotrophic bacteria metabolize and convert methane into carbon-di-oxide (CO2). ♦ Methanotrophs... Read More

    NCRB launched Crime Multi-Agency Centre and National Cybercrime Training Centre

    466 days ago
    National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched Crime Multi-Agency Centre (Cri-MAC) and National Cybercrime Training Centre (NCTC) on 12 March during the celebration of its 35th Inception Day. It was launched by Union Minister of State for Home Shri Nityanand Rai. Highlights: ♦ Medals were given to officers for meritorious service and other... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Government passed the 2020 Mineral Laws Amendment Bill

    466 days ago
    Parliament passed the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, on 12 March. The Bill will replace the ordinance passed for the amendment of the Mines & Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. The Bill was already passed by Lok Sabha on 6 March 2020. The Bill was introduced by the Union Minister... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    NAIs exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh was inaugurated by Shri P.L. Sahu

    466 days ago
    National Archives of India's (NAI) exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh was inaugurated by the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Culture Shri P.L. Sahu during the 130th Foundation Day of NAI at the premises of National Archives, New Delhi on 11 March. NAI's exhibition will remain open for public viewing until 30 April 2020. Exhibition highlights: ♦... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    CSIR-NPL develops ink to curb fake printing of Passports and counterfeiting of currency notes

    466 days ago
    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL), along with the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Ghaziabad has developed a bi-luminescent security ink. The information was passed by the Union Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Bi-luminescent... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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