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Sony and Microsoft have announced a partnership to build future cloud solutions supporting both gaming and content streaming alongside AI solutions. PlayStation maker Sony will use Xbox maker Microsoft's data centres and Azure cloud computing service for its existing game and streaming platforms. In return, Microsoft will gain access to Sony's image sensors.
The partnership comes as Google works to disrupt the video game world with a Stadia platform that will let players stream... Read More
Sir Andy Murray, who is a Unicef UK ambassador, received the knighthood for services to tennis and charity at Buckingham Palace. The Honours award are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service. The three-time Grand Slam champion was named in the Queen's New Years Honours in 2016, following his second Wimbledon win and second Olympic gold.
Sir Andy revealed in January that he planned to retire after this year's Wimbledon, forcing back tears as he told reporters at the... Read More
A new vine snake species discovered from the eastern state of Odisha after a gap of 113 years.
Zoologists from different institutes have participated in the discovery and the research was published in the Journal of Natural History.
Zoologists have named snake species as Ahaetulla Laudankia of Laudankia.
This snake belongs to the family Colubridae.
It has a total of three prominent genera, Oxybelis found in the American continent,
Chief Minister:... Read More
Sikkim celebrated its 43rd statehood day. It was on May 16, 1975 that Sikkim had officially become a state under the Union of India and Kazi Lhendup Dorjee became its first chief minister. Sikkim has the highest number of employees on the government payroll constituting about 14 percent of its population. It officially became the 22nd state of the country.
Chief Minister: Pawan Chamling
‘BSE StAR MF’ is BSE’s mutual fund platform which helps distributors in purchasing and redeeming the mutual fund units on behalf of their clients.
The ‘BSE StAR MF’ app that is downloaded from Google Play Store supports dynamic (real-time) client registration, digital transactions, creates and uploads mandate for SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans), generates multiple orders, tracks and permits the distributor in evaluating his business instantly.
The app is... Read More
World Hypertension Day (WHD) is celebrated on 17th May. WHD was designated and initiated by the World Hypertension League (WHL). The day was initiated to increase the awareness of hypertension. This was especially important because of the lack of appropriate knowledge among hypertensive patients.
The WHL launched its first WHD on May 14, 2005. Since 2006, the WHL has been dedicating May 17 of every year as WHD. The theme for World Hypertension Day 2019 is Know Your Numbers. The theme is... Read More
U.S. President Donald Trump on 16 May announced a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit. He made the announcement in his Rose Garden speech.
This will include significant changes to the way green cards are allocated, by dramatically reducing the number of family-based green cards, and will reward, among other factors, education,... Read More
World Telecommunication Day is celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969. It marks the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865, Paris.
It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.
The day is celebrated with a view to:
stimulate reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by the Council
debate the various aspects with all partners in... Read More
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, announced the appointment of Ms. Padmaja as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru with residence in Suva.
She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji.
She is set to take up her responsibility soon.
♦ Capital: No Official capital, but Government offices are located at Yaren District
♦ Currency: Australian Dollar
♦ President: Baron Waqa
The Retired judge of Indian Supreme Court Justice Madan B Lokur is appointed as a judge of Supreme Court of Fiji's non-resident panel. He has been appointed in the new role for a period of three years.
The Supreme Court of Fiji has three sessions in a year. Justice Lokur will join it for the session from August 15 to August 30, 2019.
Justice Lokur was retired as a Supreme Court justice on December 31, 2018. It is likely that Justice Lokur received the offer from Chief Justice... Read More
Council of European Chambers of Commerce(CEUCC) in India and European Union(EU) delegation will felicitate Indian actor Anil Kapoor for promoting Children’s Rights and his effort to protect the rights of girls in collaboration with Plan India and the European Union.
Mr. Kapoor will be the Chief Guest for the celebrations. He will be accompanied by the EU Ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski, EU Member states Consuls and senior representatives from the European and Indian corporate... Read More
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has mandated all the Non-Banking Financial Company's (NBFC) with a size of over Rs.5,000 crore to appoint Chief Risk Officers (CROs) with clearly specified roles and responsibilities. RBI said that with the increasing role of NBFCs in direct credit intermediation, there is a need for NBFCs to augment risk management practices.
RBI’s move comes in the wake of ongoing rating downgrades of non-banks which has raised fears of another liquidity... Read More
The Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The decommissioning ceremony was attended by eight former Commanding Officers who had been at the helm of the ship, along with former and the present crew.
About ICGS Vigraha Service:
It is a frontline offshore patrol vessel (OPV).
It was commissioned into service on April 12, 1990.
It has played an instrumental role in protecting east coast of India for 29 years of service... Read More
China has become the sole contender to host the Asian Cup Football tournament in 2023. The announcement came after South Korea has announced to withdraw its bid to host the game.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced that it had pulled out to strategically focus on a joint bid with North Korea to host the Women’s World Cup in the same year.
China's interest to host:
In February 2013, China suggested interest in hosting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. However, in... Read More
The website of the Lokpal www.lokpal.gov.in has been launched in India. It was inaugurated by Chairperson Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose in presence of all the Members of Lokpal in New Delhi.
It provides basic information about the working and functioning of the anti-corruption ombudsman.
The Lokpal is the first institution of its kind in India established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 to inquire and investigate into allegations of the corruption against public... Read More
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in its report said that about 35% of India's total Graphite reserves are found in Arunachal Pradesh. This is the highest found in the country. The GSI presented the said data during its annual interactive meeting with the Department of Geology and Mining & Industries, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar.
With 35% of India's Graphite deposits being found in Arunachal Pradesh, the State could now be developed as the leading... Read More
African National Congress (ANC) won South African elections with majority and secured 57.51 percent votes and Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President.
Last year in February 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President after President Jacob Zuma resigned from the post due to charges of corruption
This was the first time that African National Congress has got less than 60 percent votes in national polls.
About South Africa
Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria,... Read More
India, for the first time will host a part of an international military sports event named ‘ Army Scout Masters Competition ‘ in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s for 9 days in August 6 to August 14, 2019.
India will host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the games.
The competition will be held under the patronage of the Indian Army and is organised by the Konark Corps at Jaisalmer military station.
The International Army Games, organised by the... Read More
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) introduced a weighting system for appointments under compassionate grounds which will be based on nine criteria like family income, dependents, remaining service period of the deceased, etc.
The main objective is to ensure objectivity, transparency, and uniformity in the selection process for appointments on the compassionate ground.
The government appoints the dependent member of a government employee under compassionate appointment scheme... Read More
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