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Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the dying minutes of the final against FC Goa, in Mumbai.
The two teams were locked 0-0 after 90 minutes. Even the first extra time saw no goals but Bengaluru got better of a 10-men Goan team 1-0, four minutes from the end of the second extra half.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Asia's Lion City - Singapore has been joined by Paris and Hong Kong in a tie at the top of the table.
Switzerland's Zurich and Geneva and Japan's Osaka are also among top five most expensive cities.
According to the report, India's Bengaluru, Chennai and New Delhi are among the ten cheapest locations surveyed.
EIU’s 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey compares the prices of more... Read More
Indian youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.
China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals.
Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 bronze.
Asian Youth Athletics Championships 2019 was held in Hong Kong.
Indian Writer Raghu Karnad has won the Windham-Campbell Prize $165,000 under the non-fiction category for his debut book, The Farthest Field: An Indian Story Of The Second World War. Raghu Karnad is the second Indian to receive the award. Earlier in 2016, Jerry Pinto had won the award for his novel, Em And The Big Hoom.
Karnad is one of the eight winners chosen across four categories: fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. The other awardee in the non-fiction category was American... Read More
This visit of the coast guard ship follows from the first-ever-visit of Naval Ship INS Sumitra to Sabang in July 2018.
Vijit's visit to Sabang, Indonesia, also highlights strengthening cooperation in the area of maritime security and safety between New Delhi and Jakarta.
ICGS Vijit is the 2nd in the series of 90 meter Offshore Patrol Vessels and was commissioned at Goa on 11 Dec 2010.
'Vijit' meaning "Winner or Victorious" is the testimony of India's shipbuilding... Read More
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The resolutions were passed at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi. The theme of the fourth session of UNEA was Innovative Solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption.
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA):
♦ UNEA is the... Read More
The decision to hold Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019, the first joint military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was announced at the during the 34th meeting of the RATS council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The exercise is to be held Sary Arka, Kazakhstan.
♦ The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a permanent organ which serves to promote cooperation of member states against three evils of terrorism,... Read More
Astronomers have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from the Earth, from a time when the universe was less than 10 per cent of its present age. A professor at Princeton University in the US, Michael Strauss said, it is remarkable that such massive dense objects were able to form so soon after the Big Bang.
A statement that the understanding of how black holes can form in the early universe, and just how common they are, is a challenge for the... Read More
Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands.
According to the UN and government officials, Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries.
The port city of Beira in Mozambique was hit the hardest.
The deaths are mainly in Zimbabwe's Chimanimani, a mountainous area along the eastern border with Mozambique that is popular with... Read More
The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLT) gave a conditional nod to a Rs.42,000-crore offer by world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel.
NCLT said that the acceptance of the resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal and partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. would be subject to its final order in the appeal filed by the promoters of debt-laden Essar Steel against the move.
National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT):
♦ NCLT is established under the... Read More
India decides to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by tropical cyclone ‘#IDAI’.
The coastal city of Beira on Friday, 15 March.
The city's power grid has currently crashed, the airport has been shut and most roads are inaccessible.
The Indian Navy diverted ships to the African country for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) work.
The Navy Spokesperson tweeted about... Read More
Assam launched an initiative ‘i-help’ to promote digital electoral literacy in the state launched in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The 'i-help' is a joint initiative of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC) in Assam.
The CSCs are internet-enabled access points spread throughout the country delivering various government and non- government digital services to the citizens and is uniquely positioned in rural areas to... Read More
Business line Changemaker Awards were constituted in the year 2018 to mark the completion of 25 years by the Hindu Business Line.
The winners of the Businessline Changemaker Award for 2019 are listed below:
♦ Changemaker of the Year: Petitioners against Section 377
♦ Changemaker of the Year: GST Council
♦ Iconic Changemaker: Bezwada Wilson (Safai Karmachari Andoloan)
♦ Social Transformation: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
♦ Digital... Read More
Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth won the silver medal at the Swiss Open after losing the men's singles final to world number two and top-seeded Chinese shuttler Shi Yuqi in Basel, Switzerland.
About 2019 Swiss Open:
The 2019 Swiss Open, officially the YONEX Swiss Open 2019, was a badminton tournament which took place at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland and had a total purse of $150,000.
Microsoft announced that it has partnered with The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to promote its Project ‘Sangam’ which is developed to accelerate Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in India.
It is one of the world’s largest Cleanliness Programme.
Industry: Computer software
Headquarters: Hyderabad, India
Key people: Bhaskar Pramanik (Chairman)
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas beat his world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton to clinch the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
Bottas, who claimed his first race win since Abu Dhabi in 2017claimed the extra point for the fastest lap in the race.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) questioned the Union Environment Ministry for not furnishing proper data on monitoring mechanism for compliance of conditions of environment clearance granted by the Ministry.
The observations came following submissions by the Ministry that a mechanism existed to periodically monitor the compliance of environmental clearance conditions which was being strengthened. The tribunal had in January directed the MoEF to furnish data on the same following which... Read More
The chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani tops with a net worth of around $50 billion.
Ambani bought the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians for over $100 million through RIL's 100 percent subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The team had won the IPL crown in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer who own the Los Angeles Clippers team placed at the second spot in the list. He purchased the basketball team for about $2... Read More
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with the Afghanistan government to work on digital education initiatives, which include many prominent programs developed by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
The MoU was signed at IIT-Madras.
• President: Ashraf Ghani
• 1st Vice President: Abdul Rashid Dostum
• 2nd Vice President: Sarwar Danish
• Chief Executive Officer : Abdullah Abdullah
Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA Astronaut Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin successfully docked International Space Station (ISS).
Soyuz Spacecraft is a Russian Spacecraft carries people and supplies to and from the space station. Soyuz Spacecraft also function as lifeboats and one Soyuz spacecraft is always docked to the space station, so that in case of emergency the crew can return to earth through the spacecraft. After the retirement of the space... Read More
Pramod Sawant (45), former Speaker of Goa legislative Assembly and MLA from Sankhelim in North Goa was sworn-in as 13th Chief Minister of Goa, succeeding Manohar Parrikar, who died on March 17 after a prolonged battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Sudin alias Ramkrishna Dhavlikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers.
Nine other leaders also took oaths as cabinet ministers.
The Union Cabinet approval to the new hydroelectricity policy that, among other things, included large hydro projects within the ambit of renewable energy. Prior to the policy, only small hydro projects of a capacity of less than 25 MW were treated as renewable energy. Large hydro projects were treated as a separate source of energy.
India’s renewable energy sector had an installed capacity of 75,055.92 MW as of February 2019, according to data with the Central Electricity... Read More
India won a total of 188 medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
The medals include 50 gold, 63 silver and 75 bronze medals.
In table tennis India won four gold and one silver medal.
In Judo, Sonu Kumar from Rohtak, Haryana won the gold medal by winning all three bouts.
Muskan bagged a silver.
Four Silver medals were bagged by Santoshi Vijay Kauthankar from Goa in the female category.
India sent a 378-strong contingent that is participating in the 15th edition of the... Read More