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  • Kashmir touched minimum temperature of minus 7 degree Celsius

    December 28, 2018
    The Meteorological Department said that the Kashmir Valley has touched the minimum temperature of minus 7° Celsius in Srinagar for the first time in 28 years. Several waterbodies, including the Dal Lake, were covered in sheaths of ice. Srinagar’s minimum temperature, which was five degrees below normal, plummeted to a record minus 7° Celsius for the first time since December 7, 1990, when it was minus 8.8° Celsius. The day temperature hovered around 8°... Read More

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    Bahuda Rookery is developed as another Olive Ridley Nesting Site in Odisha

    December 28, 2018
    Odisha forest department has started preparing the beach at the Bahuda river mouth in Ganjam district to lure the endangered turtles to come over for mass nesting next year. The Bahuda rookery is located around 20 km to the south of Rushikulya rookery coast, a major mass nesting site of olive ridleys on the Indian coastline.
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    Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill amid opposition walkout

    December 28, 2018
    The Lok Sabha on December 27 passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018. The opposition Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) staged a walkout before the voting. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    GHMC is awarded the Best Capital City in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings

    December 28, 2018
    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been awarded Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings. Swachh Survekshan was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). The Swachh Survekashan survey ranks cities on various sanitation parameters. The GHMC was also at the 27th place among 4,041 cities. The GHMC said that as a part of the Swachh Survekshan 2019, maintaining the timing of... Read More
    Category: Environment

    USTAAD: Railways develops AI-powered robot to check for faults in trains

    December 28, 2018
    The mechanical branch of Central Railway‘s Nagpur division developed a new AI-powered robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid) which examines parts of the coach in real time with an HD camera and transmits them over WiFi. The new Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robot will click photos and record videos of the train, under the gears and then transmits them over WiFi to engineers for maintenance and repair. Since USTAAD can watch and... Read More

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    NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking of Aspirational Districts Programme

    December 28, 2018
    The ranking details the incremental progress achieved by the districts during June to October this year across six key development sectors. Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu has shown the most improvement overall, followed by Nuapada district in Odisha, Siddarthnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar's Aurangabad and Koraput in Odisha. These districts have championed the development narrative in fundamental parameters of social progress. Meanwhile, Nagaland's Kiphire district,... Read More
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    L&T construction arm bagged orders worth Rs.2,357 crore

    December 28, 2018
    Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said that its construction arm has bagged orders worth Rs.2,357 crore from APCRDA and MPJNM. L&T’s water and effluent treatment and transportation infrastructure business had secured an order worth Rs.1,281 crore from Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). The order is for activities including investigation, design and construction of roads, bridges, storm water drains, culverts, water supply systems, sewerage systems for the... Read More
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    Historic Dharahara tower to be reconstructed

    December 28, 2018
    Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the historic Dharahara tower in the heart of Kathmandu. The Dharahara tower was destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. A joint venture of Chinese company GIETC and a local firm has won the contract to rebuild the 22-storeyed structure.

    Rajesh Subramaniam is appointed as CEO of FedEx Express

    December 28, 2018
    FedEx Express, a U.S. multinational courier delivery giant, has named Rajesh Subramaniam, an Indian-American, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm. He will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He replaces David L Cunningham. Mr. Subramaniam currently holds the executive vice- president, chief marketing and communications officer position of FedEx Corporation. He is an IIT-Bombay graduate from Thiruvananthapuram and has been with FedEx for more than 27 years. He has held... Read More

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    Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff Operations

    December 28, 2018
    Defense Ministry appointed Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva who had served in three out of four wings of Integrated Defense Staff (IDS) headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (Operations). Air Marshal Sachdeva was commissioned as an Indian Air Force pilot in December 1981 and has logged over 7200 hours of transport and instructional flying experience. Apart from being a Category ‘A’ flying instructor, he has also held some of the prestigious appointments in Air... Read More

    Government to infuse Rs.28,615 crore into 7 PSBs

    December 28, 2018
    The government plans to infuse Rs.28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through recapitalisation bonds by the end of December 2018. The amount infused will help the banks meet the regulatory capital requirement, and its disbursement might take place before December 31. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that recapitalisation would enhance the lending capacity of PSBs and help them exit the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework. Earlier the government had... Read More
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    President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to two Bills from Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh

    December 28, 2018
    The 'Himachal Pradesh Early Childhood Care and Education Centers (Registration and Regulation) Bill 2017' aims to ensure quality education to children by providing all basic facilities. The 'Tamil Nadu Vanniyakula Kshatriya Public Charitable Trusts and Endowments (Protection and Maintenance) Bill 2018' aims to create a board in order to maintain and administer public charitable trusts and endowments, created by Vanniyar community members.
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    Venkaiah Naidu conferred Champions of Change award to Manipur CM N Biren Singh

    December 28, 2018
    Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh conferred the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi. He was recognized for his leadership role in transforming the governance in the north-eastern state. At a programme to identify the progress made in 115 ‘aspirational’ districts, Manipur was chosen for its all-round development on various parameters in all its ‘aspirational’ districts. Other such awardees are: 1. Union Minister of... Read More
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    Madhya Pradeshs Divya Patidar Joshi crowned Mrs. India 2018 title in New Delhi

    December 28, 2018
    Divya Patidar Joshi from Madhya Pradesh was crowned with Mrs. India 2018 title at the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale held in New Delhi. She defeated 24 promising contestants and won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title.
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    Study says Ganges River Dolphins dereases as the salinity increases

    December 28, 2018
    A recent study covering 100 km of rivers and channels around the Sunderbans found that an increase in salinity in the water system has resulted in a decrease in population of the Ganges River Dolphins in the region. It also said that the national aquatic animal is no longer sighted in the central and eastern parts of the archipelago. The species are available only in the western part of Sunderbans, where the salinity is lower. Ganges River Dolphins has been classified as endangered by the IUCN... Read More

    Sitarist Manju Mehta Gets Tansen Samman

    December 28, 2018
    Noted sitar player Manju Mehta conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to Mehta, 74, at the inaugural ceremony of the Tansen Music Festival. The ‘Raja Mansingh Tomar Honour’ was given to the Sankat Mochan Pratishthan in Varanasi for 2017 and the Natrang Pratishthan of New Delhi for 2018.
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    Indian Oil, ONGC, NTPC most profitable PSUs in FY18

    December 28, 2018
    Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and NTPC emerged as the top three most profitable Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in 2017-18. Coal India and Power Grid Corporation occupied the fourth and fifth spot in the list of top 10 profit making CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises) in the 2017-18 fiscal. BSNL, Air India and MTNL incurred the highest losses for the second consecutive year.
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    Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation for Kadapa steel plant

    December 28, 2018
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the Rayalaseema Steel Corporation Limited’s 3 MT integrated steel plant in Kadapa district. The plant has been planned to be completed in 24 months. The first phase of the Rs.18,000 crore project is expected to create 5,000 direct jobs and the same number in the ancillary industries giving a big impetus to industrialization. Another Rs.15,000 crore would be invested in the second phase to enhance the... Read More
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    Israel Parliament votes to dissolve government

    December 28, 2018
    Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, voted 102-2 to dissolve the government, triggering early general elections for April 9, 2019. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week his decision to disband his coalition. Netanyahu would be contesting the polls amid allegations of corruption against him and his wife.
    Category: International

    Madhya Pradesh Declares Kuno as National Park

    December 28, 2018
    Madhya Pradesh State government has declared Kuno wildlife sanctuary as a national park in compliance with the last condition imposed by a Supreme Court-appointed committee for the much awaited ‘translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir in Gujarat.’ The move is expected to pave way for translocation of lions from Gir in Gujarat to Kuno.
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    Dwijing Festival Begins in Assam

    December 28, 2018
    In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival begun on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district. Around 15 lakh tourists will participate in the festival. Assam PHE minister Rihon Daimary inaugurated the festival in presence of several dignitaries. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal will attend the event. Adventure sports, food mart, cultural events, traditional games are being organized in the 12-day long event.
    Category: Festivals

    Four day 12th Annual ISDSI Conference commenced in SPJIMR, Mumbai

    December 28, 2018
    The four day long 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) conference commenced in SPJIMR, Mumbai. The theme of this international conference is “Data-Driven Decision Making in the Digital Age”. The main objective of this conference is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and practitioners to: 1. Disseminate research, providing insights into the challenges, opportunities, emerging strategies and analytical tools in the domain of decision... Read More
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