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  • Saira Banu Jackie Shroff Honoured With Raj Kapoor Awards

    April 21, 2017
    Veteran actress Saira Banu and actor Jackie Shroff have been named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution annual awards, respectively, by the Maharashtra government, Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde. Well-known Marathi film industry personalities Vikram Gokhale and Arun Nalawade have been named for the coveted V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement and V. Shantaram Special Contribution annual awards. Both the lifetime achievement awards... Read More

    UNESCO s Peace Prize Goes to a Mayor Giuseppina Nicolini

    April 21, 2017
    UNESCO’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize goes to the European NGO (migrant rescue association) SOS Mediterranee and Lampedusa Mayor Giuseppina Nicolini for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants. UNESCO’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize, created in 1989 Previous Awardees are - Nelson Mandela, Israel’s Shimon Peres and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US president Jimmy Carter.
    Category: International

    Communist Laos appoints new President Prime Minister

    April 21, 2017
    Laos's National Assembly appointed Communist Party chief Bounnhang Vorachit as the country's new president and named foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith as prime minister. The National Assembly  approved Bounnhang Vorachit as president, with more than two-thirds of the votes.
    Category: International

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    Tamil Nadu Himachal Pradesh and Tripura chosen for KRISHI KARMAN AWARDS

    April 21, 2017
    The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has selected Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura for the Krishi Karman awards for their record performance in the production of food grains during 2015-16. Apart from these states, Meghalaya would get commendation prize for total food grain production and would be given a cash award of Rs 1 crore. Tamil Nadu has been chosen in large category (production more than 10 million tonnes), Himachal Pradesh in medium category (1 to 10... Read More
    Category: International

    IMF World Bank UN OECD form new group to stop Tax Erosion

    April 21, 2017
    The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank joined forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards for taxing multinational enterprises. The new group, which will also include the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will especially focus on building effective tax systems in developing countries and avoid tax base erosion, the partners . The effort was announced just... Read More

    Cricket removed from Asian Games programme

    April 21, 2017
    One of the sports to miss out from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is cricket. Apart from cricket, skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the programme in order to reduce the burden on Indonesian organisers. This  measure was taken as a part of the series of changes aimed at reducing the total number of events from 493 to 431.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India wins elections to two subsidiary bodies of United Nations

    April 21, 2017
    India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues.
    India, along with 12 other members, was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
    The country garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour. "India tops Asian group again in UN elections. 49 of 50 members of Economic... Read More
    Category: International

    Britain s Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason died after a motorcyle crash in Jamaica

    April 21, 2017
    Britain's Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason  died after a motorcyle crash in Jamaica Mason was born in Jamaica but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He won a silver medal in the high jump, with a personal best of 2.34 meters.
    Category: Obituary

    Deposits deadline in Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme extended till Apr

    April 21, 2017
    The government has extended the deadline till April 30 for those who are yet to pay 25% of their undisclosed income as interest-free deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) scheme. Scheme started on December 17, 2016 and closed on March 31, 2017. It was the second income disclosure scheme announced by the government after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in November. Under the scheme, a 50% tax was levied on the undisclosed income... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Nine year old s designs chosen as mascots for World Championship

    April 21, 2017
    Nine-year-old Elinor from the West Midlands.
    have been chosen as mascots for the upcoming IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics . Hero the Hedgehog' and 'Whizbee the Bee' were chosen from over 4,000 entries in a competition. They are endangered species and are survivors.
    Bees are really important because they make the world go around and hedgehogs are determined and brave.

    PM Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma are the two Indians named in TIME magazine s

    April 21, 2017
    PM Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma are two Indians named in TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People list  Modi achieved this feat for the third time in the last four years, having featured on the list in 2014 and 2015. Vijay Shekhar Sharma featured in  'Titans' list  which includes Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Mastercard creates credit card with fingerprint scanner

    April 21, 2017
    Master card unveiled a payment card in South Africa featuring a biometric fingerprint scanner. Instead of a card user entering in their four-digit personal identification number (PIN), the payment card features a small biometric area designed to verify the user's fingerprint. Fingerprint recognition is widely considered as a safer and more efficient way of payment .
    Category: International

    Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad disqualified from running in upcoming presidential election

    April 21, 2017
    Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month's presidential election The decision taken by Guardian Council,with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. Ahmadinejad face election , as an unexpected candidate. Ahmadinejad left office in August 2013 after two turbulent four-year terms, leaving the country divided domestically, isolated internationally and struggling economically.
    Category: International

    Donald Trump to order US Treasury to delve into taxes post crisis reforms

    April 21, 2017
    U.S. President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies  have said hinder their ability to do business. Trump will sign at the Treasury Department, issue two memoranda asking for reviews of two parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law - the Orderly Liquidation Authority that sets out how big banks can wind down during a crisis and the Financial Stability... Read More
    Category: International

    Today Civil Service day PM Narendra Modi to honour bureaucrats

    April 21, 2017
    On the occasion of 11th Civil Services Day , Prime Minister Narendra Modi will honour bureaucrats for Excellence in Public Administration  Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be the chief guest at the inaugural session on April 20, according to an official release today. The PM's awards for excellence will be based primarily on excellence in implementation of five priority programmes --Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY),... Read More



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