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  • ILFS Engineering appoints Karim Raza Khan as CEO

    May 20, 2019
    IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. has appointed Kazim Raza Khan as its chief executive officer. Mr. Khan was appointed as the manager and key managerial personnel of the company on December 24, 2018. Khan has an overall professional experience of over three decades in the technical field focused on infrastructure. He will continue to be key managerial personnel of the company. Khan's previous experience: Khan had joined IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited in... Read More


    Methanol, water ice, and organic molecules is found on Ultima Thules surface

    May 20, 2019
    NASA's New Horizons mission team has found evidence for a unique mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s surface which is the farthest world ever explored by mankind. The U.S. space agency has published the first profile of Ultima Thule, an ancient relic from the era of planet formation, revealing details about the complex space object.
    The researchers analyzed the first sets of data collected during the New Horizons spacecraft’s New... Read More


    I M Pei The Master Architect Passes Away

    May 20, 2019
    I M Pei, a dominant figure in American architecture for more than three decades who designed the Louvre’s crystal pyramid, has passed away. Pei’s more than 50 projects included the Musee d’Art Moderne in Luxembourg (2006) and the 72-story Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong (1989). He was honored with the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1979; the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie d’Architecture de France; and the Presidential Medal of... Read More
    Category: Obituary

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    Nancy Pelosi honoured with 2019 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

    May 20, 2019
    The USA's House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was honoured with 2019 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
    She was recognized for putting national interest above her party's interest, for her efforts to pass former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law (Obama Care) and also for helping Democrats reclaim control of U.S. House during 2018 elections.
    She has served in House of Representatives since 1987.
    Previous Honorees of the award includes former... Read More
    Category: International


    UK govt. passes an ammendment which allows Sikhs to carry kirpans

    May 20, 2019
    The U.K. government has passed an amendment, the Offensive Weapons Bill, by which Sikhs in the country will be allowed to carry kirpans and use it during religious and cultural functions. The Offensive Weapons Bill received the royal assent.
    The Bill had been amended in 2018 to ensure that it would not impact the right of the British-Sikh community to possess and supply kirpans, or religious swords.
    The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs had led a delegation to the U.K.... Read More


    Govt plans introducing artificial intelligence system in MCA 21 portal

    May 20, 2019
    The union government plans to introduce artificial intelligence system in the MCA 21 portal as it seeks to make the compliance process easier as well as ensure routine enforcement activities are done round-the-clock on autopilot basis. MCA 21 is the electronic backbone for the dissemination of information to all stakeholders, including the regulator, corporates and investors. All filings under the companies law are submitted to the ministry through this portal. Ministry of Corporate Affairs... Read More


    PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal to spearhead Indian challenge at Sudirman Cup in China

    May 20, 2019
    Sudirman Cup tournament will begin at the Guangxi Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanning, China .
    The Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will spearhead the Indian challenge at this prestigious tournament. The Indian team will begin their campaign tomorrow against Malaysia in Group 1-D. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage.
    Sudirman Cup is a mixed team Badminton Championship held every two years. There are 12... Read More
    Category: Sports


    HDFC Capital Advisors launched an initiative termed as HDFC Affordable Real Estate and Technology Programme (HeART)

    May 20, 2019
    HDFC Capital Advisors, (a wholly-owned subsidiary of HDFC Ltd) launched an initiative termed astHDFC Affordable Real Estate and Technology Programme (HeART), the objective of which is to mentor, partner and invest in real estate technology companies which produce innovative products that aim at lowering costs and creating efficiencies in every stage of the development cycle of the affordable housing system. Due to the upcoming technology disruptions, all processes like land approvals, planning... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    India delivered the first pair of Mi 24 attack helicopters to Afghan Air Force

    May 20, 2019
    India delivered the first pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters as a replacement to the Afghan Air Force. The helicopters were handed over to the Acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar at the Kabul Air Force base. The helicopters were Purchased from Belarus. Aim: The Mi-24 helicopters shall boost the capability of the Afghan Air Force and enhance the effectiveness of the Afghan National Defence and Security Force in combating the scourge of... Read More
    Category: Defence


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    Rafael Nadal claimed the Italian Open 2019 title

    May 20, 2019
    Rafael Nadal has won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title by defeating Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final 2019. This is his ninth Rome title.   Nadal dominated in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win broke a tie with his longtime rival Djokovic. For his victory, Nadal received 1,000 ATP Ranking points and earned 7.5 crore.
    Djokovic produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with Nadal.
    After three semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal has... Read More
    Category: Sports


    Koepka set record in the lowest 36 hole score in PGA Championship

    May 20, 2019
    American golfer Brooks Koepka set a record in the lowest 36-hole score in Major golf history and seized a record seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the US PGA Championship. Brooks Koepka now holds the 18, 36 and 72-hole scoring records for the US PGA Championship Koepka, who set the course record with a 63 on 16th May, birdied three of the first four holes and four of the last six on 17th May to complete the most overpowering start even seen in Major golf. If he does claim the... Read More
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    Panel submits report on digital payments to RBI

    May 20, 2019
    A Reserve Bank of India-appointed committee on ‘suggestions on promoting digital payment’. It was headed by Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani has submitted its suggestions on promoting Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 - 2021, digital payments to Governor Shaktikanta Das.
    The five-member panel was encouraging digitization of payments and enhance financial inclusion through digitization.
    RBI will examine the recommendations of the committee and will link... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    India's Forex reserve rises to $420.055 bn

    May 20, 2019
    According to the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves rose to $420.055 billion from $418.687 billion. India's forex reserves comprise of Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs), gold reserves, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and India's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs), the largest component of the forex reserves, edged higher by $1.358 billion to $392.227 billion. Besides the US dollar,... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    Indias fastest train Vande Bharat Express completed 1 Lakh kilometers without missing single trip

    May 20, 2019
    India’s fastest train ‘Vande Bharata Express’ completed 1 Lakh kilometers without missing a single trip.
    It was flagged off by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi under ‘Make In India’ Initiative, on February 15, 2019 from New Delhi to Varanasi.
    This 16 coach train began its commercial run from February 17, 2019. The indigenously-built high-speed train was manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. The train has facilities like high-speed... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    India sets Guinness World Records of largest laundry lesson with the participation of 400 young men

    May 20, 2019
    India achieved a Guinness World Records of ‘largest laundry lesson’ with the participation of 400 young Indian men.
    The event was a part of #sharetheload campaign.
    It was done to share the responsibility of cleaning clothes at home along with the female members of the family The event was initiated by Ariel India.
    It was hosted by Mandira Bedi and Indian Actor Anil Kapoor also joined the function. Earlier, the largest laundry lesson was achieved by Lion NANOX Team... Read More


    BSNL partnered with Google for expanding WiFi footprint

    May 20, 2019
    Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) partnered with Google on the occasion of World Telecom Day.
    The main objective is to expand BSNL Wifi footprint in the country.
    Currently, there are around 38,000 BSNL Wifi hotspot locations working across the country and one can use these after buying the Wi-Fi vouchers worth of Rs 19 and more. About Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) ♦ Headquarter: New Delhi ♦ CEO: Anupam Shrivastava About Google ♦ Headquarter:... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Kerala became first state to list Masala Bond in overseas market

    May 20, 2019
    Kerala became the first state to tap into masala bond market by listing the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB)’s masala bond worth of USD 312 million (Rs 2,150 crore) in London Stock Exchange (LSE)’s International Securities Market (ISM).
    The masala bond has tenor of 5-year and a 9.723% coupon Kerala’s state finance minister Thomas Issac executed this move.
    The main objective of this initiative was to tap masala bond market and to rebuild the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs




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