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  • National Green Tirbunal asks Delhi govt to introduce destination buses from May

    April 20, 2017
    The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed Delhi government to introduce destination buses from May 1, in a bid to help improve the air quality in the national capital.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the AAP government to run the point-to-point buses on an experimental basis from Dwarka, Rohini, Janakpuri, CGO complex and Badarpur border.The green panel said these services will start from spots where it is convenient for the public at large.The NGT said... Read More

    Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life

    April 20, 2017
    An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title “best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System”. Using ESO’s HARPS instrument at La Silla, and other telescopes around the world, an international team of astronomers discovered a “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone around the faint star LHS 1140. This world is a little larger and much more massive than the Earth and has likely retained most... Read More

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh Inaugurates Civil service Function

    April 20, 2017
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day Civil Services Day function in New Delhi today.The inaugural session will be followed by a Plenary Session on Creating value through Human Capital Management in Government', chaired by Minister of State, Ministry of Personnel Jitendra Singh.Three Breakaway Sessions on subjects related to Agriculture, Energy and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will also be organised.The main event will be held tomorrow, on the occasion of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    The United Nations UN observes the UN Chinese Language Day

    April 20, 2017
    As the world’s most widely spoken language it seems appropriate that Mandarin Chinese has one day every year dedicated to it. This officially marked day of Mandarin language celebration was established by the United Nations as a way of celebrating the language’s history and overall contribution to the world. It is hoped that by having one day every year to celebrate Mandarin Chinese this additional focus on the language will encourage more people around the world to take it up. With... Read More
    Category: International

    Mahatma Gandhi stamps sold for at auction in United Kingdom

    April 20, 2017
    A set of four rare stamps featuring the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi has been sold for record £500,000 at an auction in the UK, which, its seller said, is the highest price ever paid for Indian stamps. Only 13 of the 1948 Gandhi 10-rupee Purple Brown and Lake ‘Service’ stamps are in circulation. The block of four was sold to a private Australian collector for the highest ever price for Indian stamps, said UK-based dealer Stanley Gibbons.The Indian stamps were particularly rare... Read More

    Panama Papers case Pakistan on edge ahead of SC verdict on Sharif

    April 20, 2017
    Pakistan is waiting with a baited breath for the Supreme Court’s decision in the high-profile Panamagate case against Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and his children amid speculation that the adverse ruling may force him to step down.The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that its five-member Bench will issue the verdict in Panama case later in the day.The case was launched on November 3 and the court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on February 23.The case was based on... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Supreme Court allows New Delhi Municipal Corporation to e auction Taj Mansingh Hotel

    April 20, 2017
    The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to e-auction the Taj Mansingh hotel in Delhi’s Lutyens zone.Once managed by the Tata Group and now run by the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), the apex court also asserted that if the Tata Group loses the e-auction then it will have to vacate the premises within a period of six months.Earlier in March, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is a member of NDMC, announced that an open auction of Taj Mansingh... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India contributes to UN election assistance programme

    April 20, 2017
    India has made a quarter-million-dollar contribution to the UN programme for helping countries to hold elections and develop their electoral systems. Eenam Gambhir, a First Secretary in India’s Mission to the UN, presented the cheque to Kyoko Shiotani, Chief of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General at the UN Department of Political Affairs, on Tuesday. This is the second Indian contribution of $250,000 to the programmes for electoral assistance and capacity building. The first was... Read More
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    Rupee down paise against dollar in early trade

    April 20, 2017
    The rupee lost 13 paise against the dollar to 64.71 in early trade on Thursday on the Interbank Foreign Exchange due to appreciation of the U.S. currency overseas.Increased demand for the dollar from importers also put pressure on the rupee.Dealers attributed the rupee’s fall to dollar gains against other currencies overseas but a higher opening of the domestic equity market capped the fall Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex rose 63.57 points, ore today 0.22 per cent, at 29,400 in... Read More
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    Canadian Defence Minister pays obeisance at Golden Temple

    April 20, 2017
    Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Thursday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar where he was honoured by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Mr. Sajjan, who had arrived in the city on Wednesday night, reached Harmandir Sahib early Thursday and went to the sanctum sanctorum to offer prayers. The visiting dignitary spent close to an hour at the premises and then left for his native village, Bambeli in Hoshiarpur.Mr. Sajjan is likely to visit Unique... Read More

    Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad in verbal spat with cops

    April 20, 2017
    Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly had a heated argument with cops over “non-functioning” of ATMs at Latur in Marathwada region, police said. Videos of the alleged heated argument between Gaikwad, his supporters and police personnel at Latur in Marathwada region, have gone viral on social media.In the visuals, Gaikwad is purportedly seen arguing with a police officer, during a protest over non-functioning ATMs at Latur. The Lok Sabha member from adjoining Osmanabad... Read More
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    China issues stricter rules for officials to report assets

    April 20, 2017
    China has issued stricter regulations requiring officials to report personal information, including assets, to the ruling Communist Party, state media said, in the country’s latest effort to tackle corruption.China’s President Xi Jinping sees extravagance and corruption as an existential threat to the party, whose authority is in part predicated on its ability to spread the gains of China’s growth fairly among the Chinese people.His ongoing crackdown on corruption has moved in... Read More
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