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  • Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform

    7 days ago
    Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform, housingforall.com, to facilitate homebuyers in identifying genuine properties. The move aims to bring the trust back in the real estate sector. It was launched by the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO). Aim: The main objective of the e-commerce platform is to bring transparency in the sector and offer only certified projects. e-commerce platform: ♦ The e-commerce platform is for projects that have received... Read More


    Odia Filmmaker Manmohan Mohapatra passed away

    7 days ago
    Odia Filmmaker Manmohan Mohapatra passed away on 13 January in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He died due to the prolonged illness. He was 69-years-old.
    Manmohan Mohapatra: Mohapatra was born in 1951. He studied filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. He made his first short film 'Anti-Memoirs' in 1975. In 1976, his first film 'Sita Rati' won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia. Mohapatra directed a few Hindi films including... Read More
    Category: Obituary


    Scientists found the oldest material on Earth from an ancient meteorite

    7 days ago
    Scientists found a meteorite that was crashed into rural southeastern Australia in a fireball in 1969 contained the oldest material ever found on Earth. The stardust predated the formation of the solar system by billions of years. Oldest meteorite: ♦ The oldest of 40 tiny dust grains trapped inside the meteorite fragments were retrieved around the town of Murchison in Victoria state. ♦ It dated back to about 7 billion years ago which is about 2.5 billion years before the sun,... Read More

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    Aashman Taneja sets Guinness world record in Taekwondo

    7 days ago
    Aashman Taneja, a five-year-old boy, from Hyderabad has set the Guinness world record in Taekwondo for the most full contact knee strikes in one-hour non-stop.
    Aashman Taneja: Aashman is a Taekwondo player and an athlete at a very young age. He won silver in the USA World Open Taekwondo. He attempted the Guinness World Record for the most full contact knee strikes in one- hour non-stop and achieved more than 1200 knee strikes successfully.
    Taekwondo: Taekwondo is an Asian... Read More
    Category: Sports


    China operationalised the world's largest radio telescope, FAST

    7 days ago
    China operationalized the world's largest radio telescope in southwest China’s Guiyang city, the capital of Guizhou province. The FAST telescope is was launched after three years of trial operation. FAST telescope: ♦ The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) telescope is with a diameter of half-a-kilometer. It is dubbed as China Sky Eye.
    ♦ The device is expected to make major scientific discoveries. ♦ FAST is 2.5 times as... Read More


    Dhaka International Film Festival began in Bangladesh

    7 days ago
    The 18th edition of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) began on 11 January 2020. The festival will be held from 11-19 January. The program was inaugurated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AK Abdul Momen. The for the DIFF festival is Better Film, Better Audience, and Better Society. 18th DIFF: ♦ DIFF aims to create a better understanding of the films of the world in an atmosphere that appreciates film culture.
    ♦ The festival focuses to move towards excellence... Read More
    Category: International


    RBI to impose fines on banks with poor progress

    7 days ago
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is to impose heavy penalties on banks, and stipulate higher provisioning for stressed loans. RBI announced it earlier on 7 June 2019. For the first time, RBI has said that the chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior management of banks can also be held liable for lack of progress. The fresh set of guidelines will be in the public domain by the end of March. New guidelines: ♦ The new guidelines are expected to usher in a stricter compliance... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    Captain Tania Shergill to be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade

    7 days ago
    Captain Tania Shergill has been selected to be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade. The parade adjutant is responsible for the parade. In the 2019 Republic Day parade. Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent. Captain Tania Shergill: Captain Tania Shergill is an officer with the Army's Corps of Signals. She was commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai. She is an electronics and communications... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Fourth Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed on 14 January

    7 days ago
    The 4th Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed on 14 January every year. The day is observed as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Filed Marshal KM Cariappa OBE. The day acknowledges and honours the selfless devotion and sacrifice of the veterans in the service of the nation. Celebration: ♦ The 4th  Armed Forces Veterans Day will be celebrated in Delhi. The day will commence with a homage ceremony at the National War Memorial. Wreaths will be laid by... Read More
    Category: Important Days


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    A high-level committee clears Rs.6,608 crore worth project for Tamil Nadu

    7 days ago
    A high-level committee for investment facilitation and single-window clearances chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat approved necessary clearances to a total of 15 projects that were at various stages of investment and commencement of business on 13 January 2020. The proposals entail investments worth Rs.6,608 crore.
    15 New projects: ♦ The projects are expected to generate 6,700 jobs in the State. ♦ The projects will come up in... Read More


    India topped the Annual Ranking by Nation 2019 by ISSF

    7 days ago
    India topped the Annual Ranking by Nation (Rifle, Pistol & Shotgun ISSF World Cups for the year 2019 by International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). It is followed by China and the United States. India leads the standings with 30 medals overall. The tally stood at 21 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze.
    ♦ China stood second with a medal tally of 11 gold, 15 silver, and 18 bronze. ♦ The USA stands third with a medal tally of six gold six silver and three bronze. The top 10... Read More
    Category: Sports


    India-Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers Meet held in New Delhi

    7 days ago
    India - Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers' Meet 2020 is being held in New Delhi on 14 January 2020. Bangladesh Information Minister Muhammad H Mahmud is participating in the meeting. Agenda: ♦ The content sharing programme will be inaugurated by the Bangladesh official broadcaster Bangladesh Betar and All India Radio. ♦ Both the countries are expected to hold talks on the bilaterally planned biopic of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding figure of Bangladesh.


    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January

    7 days ago
    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January every year. Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival. It is observed in the second week of January every year. Makar Sankranti: On this day, people express gratitude to the Sun God Surya and thank the nature for its abundant resources and good produce during the winter harvest festival. The day marks the end of the Winter season and the beginning of a new harvest season. The festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in diverse ways. The... Read More
    Category: Festivals


    The 6th meeting of IDA focused on Green Development in the Islands

    7 days ago
    The sixth meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) held on 13 January in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah. The agency reviewed the progress made towards the Holistic development of islands programme. For the first time, the government of India carried out an initiative of sustainable development in the identified Islands under the guidance of IDA.
    Aim: The aim of the move by GoI is to create job opportunities for the islanders through... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 of e-Office Execution

    7 days ago
    Indian Railways has signed MoU with RailTel, a Mini Ratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, for the phase 2 of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) e-office project. This comes after the successful completion of the Phase 1 execution of the NIC e office for 50000 users in 58 units. The MoU signed by ED/TD, Railway Board, Shri Umesh Balonda, and GM/IT project/RailTel, Smt. Haritima Jaipuriar Phase 2 of NIC e-office Project: ♦ In phase 2, RailTel will register 39000 users over 34 Railway... Read More


    Indian Navy gets Fuel HFHSDIN 512, a special NATO class diesel

    7 days ago
    M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) launched the new fuel High Flash High-Speed Diesel (HFHSD) – IN 512, with revised technical specifications on 13 January 2020. Benefits: ♦ India will be able to ensure interoperability amongst foreign navies during fleet exercises.
    ♦ It will provide fuel of quality better than that mandated to all foreign navies under bilateral/ multi-national logistics support pacts including Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement... Read More
    Category: Defence


    IIFPT signs MoU with 8 Institutes in India to help small farmers

    7 days ago
    The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Bathinda signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 8 different reputed institutes of the region in the states of Punjab and Haryana. IIFPT signed and exchanged the MoUs with the VC's and Director's of the 8 Universities, Colleges, and Institutes.   Aim: The MoU was aimed to increase the income of small farmers. It also aims to open new opportunities for the benefit of farmers. MoU Provisions: ♦ The MoU... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU


    Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 3121st Bulk LPG Tanker Truck during Special NVDP

    7 days ago
    The Special National Vendor Development Program (NVDP) on Petroleum and Steel sectors for SC/ST Entrepreneurs was held on 13 January 2020. It was organized by the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
    The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 3121st Bulk LPG Tanker Truck during the program.
    The measures taken by GoI for the SC/ST community including National Infrastructure Pipeline and Ujjwala connections were... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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