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Centre has issued a drought advisory to six southern and western states and has asked them to use water judiciously as the water storage in dams dropping to a critical level. The 6 states are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years. Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to... Read More
Kapil Sharma named as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by World Book of Records London.
He had started his career as a stand-up comedian from different comedy shows and got fame from “Comedy Nights with Kapil”.bout Kapil Sharma
Occupation: Comedian, Actor, Anchor, Singer, Film & Television Producer
Years active: 2007
Known for: The Kapil Sharma Show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, Comedy Circus
World Metrology Day was observed on May 20, 2019 with a theme “The International System of Units – Fundamentally better”.
This theme was chosen because last year on 16th November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures agreed to revise the International System of Units (SI).
The World Metrology Day was celebrated every year because of the signature of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875.
About International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM)
Location:... Read More
Recently, Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as AirBadminton & Triples.
BWF launched AirBadminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle.
The AirBadminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games.
About Badminton World Federation (BWF)
Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President: Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen
India allowed the import of refurbished mobile phones or second mobile phones only if they are certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS).
Earlier, the Government of India didn’t give its assent to refurbished mobile imports with the fear of dumping and negative effect to Make In India initiative.
♦ Headquarters: Manak Bhawan, New Delhi
♦ Founder: Parliament of India
♦ Founded: December 23, 1986
♦ Parent Organization: Ministry of Consumer... Read More
Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda.
The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha.
$15,000 ITF men, Kampala, Uganda:
Doubles (final): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Niki Poonacha bt Simon Carr (Irl) & Ryan... Read More
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as President of the country. He beat his rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
Widodo's PDI-P finished first in the People's Representative Council (DPR) election with 19.33%, followed by Prabowo's Gerindra with 12.57%. The next top parties by the number of votes are Golkar,... Read More
Rajasthan Government set to revamp ‘Ujala Clinics’ for adolescents.
It will appoint peer educators and shadow educators for counseling the youngsters in order to ensure coordination with other medical and health schemes.
Ujjala Clinics function under Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram(RKSK) in 10 districts of the state.
They are established at district hospitals, community health centers and selected primary health centers in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur,... Read More
Pakistan announced career diplomat Moin ul Haque as its new High Commissioner to India. The appointment was formally approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He is the current ambassador of Pakistan in France.
Haque replaces Sohail Mehmood. The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan's new foreign secretary.
Pakistan has announced new ambassadors to 18 countries including China, Japan, and Brussels. The decision came after a... Read More
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), India’s drug pricing regulator, has reduced the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87%, capping their trade margin at 30%. This decision is in continuation of nodal agency's efforts to bring down drugs prices.
In February 2019, the government had capped about 42 cancer drugs at 30%. This new anti-cancer non-scheduled medicine list is in continuation of efforts to curb profiteering on these vital drugs and to... Read More
Sri Lanka marked 10 years since the end of a decades-long civil war that left more than 100,000 people dead. The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides.
But disputes among communities continue to limit progress as 10 years has not diminished the grief for the survivors of Sri Lanka's civil war.
Sri Lankan Civil War:
The Sri Lankan Civil War was an armed conflict fought on the island of Sri Lanka. It began on 23rd July 1983 and ended... Read More
The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million in possible sales of air defense missiles to South Korea as tensions re-emerge on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 guidance systems and technical assistance for a total cost of $313.9 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), a unit of the Department of Defense, delivered certification notifying... Read More
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced to conduct seven Mega Missions for the upcoming 10 years and also prepared a roadmap for the next 30 years.
The seven Mega Missions includes India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
ISRO categorized its six Mega Missions (excluding Chandrayaan-2) in two broad categories-
Defined Missions: The mission includes XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
Undefined Missions: The missions which are still in planning... Read More
PCT Humanity, a charity run by an Indian, in the UAE has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts during the holy month of Ramzan in Abu Dhabi. The charity set the new Guinness World Records for “Longest Line of Hunger Relief Package” in Abu Dhabi.
Adjudicated by Douglas Palau, the attempt saw iftar meals containing seven items spread in a line without keeping any gap between the packages for a kilometre.
Joginder Singh Salaria's, founder of PCT... Read More
Every year May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India. The day is observed in the memory of former Indian PM Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally near Chennai by a suicide bomber from the LTTE on 21 May 1991. On this day the Centre intends to spread awareness among the people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.
The Ministry of Home... Read More
One of the United States military warships, the US destroyer Preble, sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea. This is a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.
The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.
China's... Read More
Facebook Global Holdings registered a new cryptocurrency firm named ‘Libra Networks LLC’ in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide financial and technology services by developing related hardware and software components. Facebook has been very secretive about its new cryptocurrency project.
Facebook had registered the trademark “Libra” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Facebook has hired 2 cryptocurrency compliance experts who formerly worked at the... Read More
Tripura Gramin Bank received India’s top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth.
Currently India has 46 Regional Rural Bank out of which Tripura Gramin Bank ranked 3rd in the country.
Tripura Gramin Bank posted a profit for 7 successive years to Rs 125.45 crore in fiscal 2018-19.
The central government has a 50% stake, the Union Bank of India has 35% stake and rest 15% is held by the Tripura government.
About Tripura Gramin... Read More
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