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  • EPFO launches e-nomination facility for your PF account

    September 19, 2019
    The Employees Provident Fund Organization EPFO started online e-nomination facility on its website. Filing e-nomination helps you to easily file online pension claim at the required time. The nominees can easily file online composite claim in the event of demise of the EPFO member if the e-nomination has been done. The name of a nominee/s, you must get your Universal Account Number (UAN), allotted by the EPFO, activated, if not done already at the EPFO portal. The next step is to make sure... Read More


    Central Railway recovers 7.88 crore fine from ticketless travellers in Pune

    September 19, 2019
    The Pune division of the Central Railway recovered 7.88 crore fine from passengers travelling without tickets in last five months. The rail division conducted a drive from April to August to identify ticket-less travellers on Pune-Malawli, Pune-Miraj, Pune-Baramati and Kolhapur-Miraj routes. During the drive, it detected around 1.53 lakh cases of various offences, including not possessing ticket while in train or on railway platform and carrying luggage beyond permissible limit. The rail... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Union Minister Gehlot launches MIS portal under Accessible India Campaign

    September 19, 2019
    Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot launched the Management Information System (MIS) portal for stakeholders of the Accessible India Campaign (AIC). The Fully accessible for divyangjans. The MIS has been developed by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment The MIS portal will bring all the nodal ministries, and states and Union Territories on a single platform for monitoring the... Read More
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    Four new Supreme Court judges appointed

    September 19, 2019
    Four new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court. The judge's strength in the top court is 34. The new judges are Haryana High Court Chief Justice Krishna Murari, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy. The Supreme Court Collegium recommended names of chief justices and high court judges for the appointment to the top court in order to fill the vacant posts. The... Read More


    Telangana to celebrate 2020 as Year of Artificial Intelligence

    September 19, 2019
    The Telangana government decided to celebrate the year of 2020 as the Year of Artificial Intelligence. The backdrop of the emerging talent pool and renewed focus by industry and other ecosystem players on this space in the last four to five years. The Nasscom announced the setting up of a Centre of Excellence in AI and Data Sciences in Hyderabad. In addition, IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) selected Hyderabad as the place to set up their regional centre to train students in AI in partnership with the... Read More


    Google to launch AI Research Lab in Bengaluru

    September 19, 2019
    Google Pay has grown more than three times to 67 million monthly active users, driving transactions worth over $110 billion on an annualized basis across offline and online merchants. The two-thirds of the transactions are coming from tier-II and -III cities and towns. Google Pay competes with players like Paytm and PhonePe is introducing the Spot platform that will enable merchants to create branded commercial experiences and reach new customers. Google already onboarded merchants like... Read More


    Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in Tejas fighter aircraft

    September 19, 2019
    Union minister Rajnath Singh became the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru. The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas. Rajnath Singh was wearing a G-suite, a white helmet and an oxygen mask. The Indian Aircraft Flying on Tejas an... Read More
    Category: Defence


    SITMEX 19 commenced at Port Blair

    September 19, 2019
    SITMEX-19 (Singapore India Thailand Maritime Exercise) Trilateral Exercise has commenced from 18 September 2019 at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The five-day-long naval exercise is held between the Indian Navy (IN), Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), and Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Aim: SITMEX-19 exercise aims to enhance maritime interoperability between the participating navies. It also aims to provide experience sharing of best practices. The exercise will strengthen the... Read More
    Category: Defence


    World Bamboo Day was observed on 18 September

    September 19, 2019
    World Bamboo Day was observed on 18 September every year. It was observed by the World Bamboo Organisation (WBO). The Day aims to raise awareness to conserve and promote the bamboo industry. The days also aims to bring the potential of bamboo to protect the natural resources and the environment and to ensure sustainable utilization of bamboo. It promotes new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world for community economic development. Centre's action towards... Read More
    Category: Important Days


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    Indian Bank board gives in-principle nod to merge Allahabad Bank with itself

    September 19, 2019
    The board of Indian Bank given its in-principle approval for its amalgamation with Allahabad Bank. The Chennai-headquartered Indian Bank’s board held a meeting. The to discuss the merger, where it gave its in-principle approval to the merger, the bank informed the stock exchanges. The board approved the proposed capital infusion of up to 5,000 crore by the Centre through preferential allotment to the government. The Central government recently announced the merger of 10 public sector... Read More


    RBI restricted access to credit data of consumers

    September 19, 2019
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked the banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to restrict access to consumers' credit data on 16 September. The move aims to impact the business model of fintech companies. The Central bank has asked the banks and NBFCs to implement the measures in 15 days.
    Penalty: ♦ The Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005 (CICRA) violates sharing of information. RBI has warned that it will penalize the regulated entities in case... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    UK returned the stolen bronze image of Buddha

    September 19, 2019
    London police returned the 12th Century AD Bronze image of Buddha which was stolen from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Museum at Nalanda in 1961 to the Indian High Commission. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed over the statue to the Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. The bronze image of Buddha: The 12th Century AD Bronze image of Buddha seated in the Bhumipasara mudra was stolen by the British in August 1961. The art was influenced by Buddhism. It was amongst the 19... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture


    Delhi Cabinet approves to pay fees for class 10 and 12 students

    September 19, 2019
    The Delhi Cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has approved the state government's proposal to pay the CBSE examination fees for class 10 and 12 students of its schools. The move will benefit around 3.14 lakh students of the government schools from 2019-20. The estimated cost for the project is Rs.57 crore. The State government will pay the amount directly to the CBSE and the students will not have to take any burden or wait for reimbursements.
    Fee hike: In August,... Read More
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    Researchers identifies the worlds biggest amphibian

    September 19, 2019
    The researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and London's Natural History Museum has identified a new species of giant salamander using DNA from museum specimens. The 74-year-old museum specimen can possibly be the world's biggest amphibian. The specimens were collected in the 1920s.
    The researchers found three distinct genetic lineages in salamanders from China. The species are Andrias davidianus, Andrias sligoi, and a third species which has yet to be named.... Read More
    Category: Environment


    Cabinet approves ordinance to ban e cigarettes

    September 19, 2019
    Cabinet has approved the Ordinance to Promulgate the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement), 2019 on 18 September 2019. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The ordinance aims a major health and wellness initiative for the country. Aim: The Ordinance aims to protect the population, especially the youth and children, from the risk of addiction through... Read More


    Secunderabad station received the first green Platinum rating

    September 19, 2019
    Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has awarded Secunderabad junction station of Indian Railways with a green Platinum rating. The biggest rail hub is the first Indian Railways to be awarded so.
    Various initiatives: The Secunderabad station has been awarded as it has introduced several energy conservation initiatives and inclusion of modern passenger amenities.
    Other initiatives include: ♦ Air-conditioned waiting halls equipped with CO2 sensors ♦ Installation of... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours


    The 63rd IAEA Conference is being held at Vienna

    September 19, 2019
    The 63rd Annual Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference is being held from 16 September to 20 September 2019 at Vienna, Austria.
    Participants: The Indian delegation to the conference was headed by Dr. K N Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy. Other high-ranking officials and representatives from the IAEA Member States are participating in the conference. India-IAEA: India maintains... Read More


    Ministry of Social Justice unveils MIS portal

    September 19, 2019
    The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has unveiled a Management Information System (MIS) for stakeholders of Accessible India Campaign (AIC). It was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. MIS Portal: The MIS portal aims to bring together the nodal ministries, States and Union Territories on a single platform. The portal will monitor the progress being made against... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Reliance Jio added 8.5 million subscribers in July Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost 6 million

    September 19, 2019
    Reliance Jio added 8.5 million subscribers in July, after almost three months of slow addition, even as the older incumbents lost a cumulative six mn, according to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Bharti Airtel reported 2.5 million subscribers exiting its network. Vodafone Idea had 3.4 million exits. Jio’s highest reported monthly addition this year has been 9.4 million in March. Both Jio and Airtel have inched up their broadband market share, to 56.2 percent... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    Union Government inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu and Kashmir

    September 19, 2019
    Governor Satya Pal Malik to provide round-the-clock electricity. The 6-8 hour power outages during winters as generation dip due to harsh winter conditions and demand cross 11,000 megawatts. The Centre is pushing for multiple projects worth 10,000 crores in Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister inaugurated 15 projects and laid the foundation for 20 others under different Centrally-sponsored schemes in Srinagar. The scheme is around 1 lakh LED (light-emitting diode) street lights will be installed in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs




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