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  • Ajay Kumar Dixit appointed as CEO of Cairn Oil

    April 18, 2019
    Cairn Oil & Gas, a division of Vedanta Ltd, has announced the appointment of Ajay Kumar Dixit as its Chief Executive Officer. Dixit succeeds Sudhir Mathur, who after seven successful years with the company, moves on to pursue personal endeavors.
    Dixit had joined Vedanta in 2015 from Siemens where he was CEO-Energy for South Asia. He is an alumni of Delhi College of Engineering and had served as the acting CEO of Vedanta’s Aluminium and Power business before being elevated to this... Read More


    Mithali Raj named goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup

    April 18, 2019
    Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). She, alongside Saurav Ganguly and Rajasthan Royals, joins in supporting the team as they gear up for the final match at Lords, just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in May this year. India has over 20 lakh street connected children. About Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019: The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 is the first cricket... Read More
    Category: Sports


    redBus appoints Mahendra Singh Dhoni as brand ambassador

    April 18, 2019
    Bus ticketing platform redBus has appointed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador. The cricketer will appear in a hockey player avatar in his first cameo for the brand, slated to be launched soon. Dhoni’s brand endorsement deals can be in the range of 3-10 crore. At present, Dhoni is the brand ambassador of sports firm Dream11, Colgate, MasterCard, Orient Fans, BharatMatrimony, Indigo Paints, SRMB Steel, and health supplement brand Revital H. Recently, Fantasy sports... Read More

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    IDBI Bank launched paperless account opening facility for NRIs

    April 18, 2019
    IDBI Bank has launched the ‘NRI-Insta-Online’ account-opening process for NRIs residing in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) member countries. The person will not be required to furnish physical documents and KYC proofs for opening an account with the IDBI bank. About FATF: FATF- Financial Action Task Force FATF is an inter-governmental body which devices policy and sets standards to promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    SpaceX to fly its DART planetary defence mission

    April 18, 2019
    NASA announced that SpaceX will fly its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) planetary-defence mission. The total launch cost for NASA is estimated to be about $69 million.
    What is DART? DART - Double Asteroid Redirection Test   It is a planned space probe that will demonstrate the kinetic effects of crashing an impactor spacecraft into an asteroid moon for planetary defense purposes. The mission is intended to test whether a spacecraft impact could successfully deflect an... Read More


    IDRBT set up 5G Lab for Banking, Financial Sector

    April 18, 2019
    Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) launched the 5G Use Cases Lab for banking and financial sector along with blockchain technology. IDRBT is an arm of Reserve Bank of India. It also released a white paper on 5G applications for banking and financial sector in India. The use of 5G will change a range of technologies and applications, including point of sale (PoS) machines in the banking sector, which are currently using 2G and are in the process of being... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    Delhi HC sought response on the dual control of Assam rifles

    April 18, 2019
    The Delhi High Court sought the response from the Cabinet Committee on Security on a plea seeking directions to remove the dual control of Assam Rifles and bring it under the Ministry of Defence.
    Assam Rifles are the oldest paramilitary force of India. The administrative control of Assam Rifles lies with the Home Ministry, while the operational control is with the Defence Ministry. The plea filed by the All India Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association alleges the dual control as... Read More


    World Heritage Day observed on 18th April

    April 18, 2019
    World Heritage Day also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites is an annual event celebrated on 18 April every year. In 2019, the theme is Rural Landscapes. History: The day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. Aim of the Day: To emphasize the importance of safeguarding various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status and the challenges involved... Read More
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    Indian Navy-Vietnam People's Navy Bilateral Exercise Concludes

    April 18, 2019
    The Indian Navy undertook the second edition of the bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Vietnam Peoples’ Navy, (IN – VPN BILAT EX) at/ off Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The exercise was undertaken as a part of the ongoing Overseas Deployment of Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asian countries. About Indian Navy Founded: 1612 Country: India Type: Navy Colours: Navy blue, white
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    Mount Everest get an eco friendly toilet

    April 18, 2019
    Mount Everest is to get an “eco-friendly” toilet at a Chinese campsite 7,028 metres (23,058 feet) above sea level in an ongoing campaign to deal with the peak’s waste problem.
    Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters, and even human excrement pollute the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre peak. The toilet will make it... Read More


    Jet Airways sought Rs.400 crore infusion to avert shutdown

    April 18, 2019
    The Jet Airways board authorised its management, headed by chief executive officer Vinay Dube, to engage with lenders to secure at least a few hundred crore rupees of interim funding to continue operations till a new owner comes on board. The board also authorised the CEO to take the final call on the airline’s operations. Armed with this, the CEO approached the lenders to release Rs.400 crore for the sake of the employees and to prevent a shutdown. Jet requires at least Rs.1,000 crore... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    FIFA ban former Brazilian football president Jose Maria Marin for life

    April 18, 2019
    Former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life from all football activities by FIFA. In August 2018, Marin who led Brazil’s organising committee for the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. He became the first person to be imprisoned as the result of the US investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body. Earlier Marin was arrested at a luxury... Read More
    Category: Sports


    Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel Veera commissioned by General Bipin Rawat

    April 18, 2019
    Indian Coast Guard vessel Veera commissioned by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff in the presence of Director General of Indian Coast Guard Rajendra Singh, Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Karambir Singh and other senior dignitaries of the central and state government in a ceremony organised at Eastern Naval Command in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Veera, the third in the series of the new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is under the administrative and operational... Read More
    Category: Defence


    First Earth-Size planet: HD 21749b discovered by NASAs TESS Exoplanet Mission

    April 18, 2019
    The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discovered an Earth-sized planet, HD 21749b and a “sub-Neptune” world, revolving around the star, HD 21749. The star lies 53 light-years from Earth. The research study has been published on 15th April, 2019 in ‘The Astrophysical Journal Letters’. TESS was launched to Earth orbit in April 2018 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. One tool termed as ‘Planet Finder Spectrograph’ (PFS) on the ‘Magellan II... Read More


    PwC India names Padmaja Alaganandan as chief people officer, Jagjit Singh steps down

    April 18, 2019
    PwC India announced the appointment of Padmaja Alaganandan as the firm’s new Chief People Officer (CPO). She takes over the role from Jagjit Singh. Padmaja associated with PwC for the last eight years.
    She was the Technology sector lead for PwC’s Advisory Line of Service.
    The leader of the firm’s People and Organisation Consulting practice. Before joining PwC in 2011, Padmaja worked in leadership roles in different organisations such as Mercer Consulting and AF... Read More




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