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  • IRCTC Launches Book Now Pay Later Scheme For Tatkal Tickets

    August 4, 2017
    Customers can book their Tatkal railway ticket and choose to pay later under the new scheme announced by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC). The users can use 'pay on delivery' option to save payment time, increasing their chances of booking a confirmed ticket under the Tatkal quota. Till now, this service was available only for General reservations.

    Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Raise NABARD s Capital to Rs crores

    August 4, 2017
    The Lok Sabha passes a bill to enable exit of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) and increase authorized capital of the development institution six times to Rs 30,000 crores. The Bill substitutes references to provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 under the NABARD Act, 1981, with references to the Companies Act, 2013. The Bill replaces the terms ‘small-scale industry’ and ‘industry in the tiny and decentralized... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    Second Agri UDAAN Program Launched in New Delhi

    August 4, 2017
    The Union Government launched the 2nd AGRI-UDAAN Program in New Delhi. The program focuses on catalyzing scale-up stage food and agribusiness start-ups through rigorous mentoring, industry networking and investor pitching. The 6-month program is a unique platform for scale up stage innovators, entrepreneurs and startups in the Food and Agribusiness sectors.
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Mohammad Mustafa appointed as CMD of SIDBI

    August 4, 2017
    Senior bureaucrat Mohammad Mustafa appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and at present Joint Secretary in Department of Financial Services. The Appointments Committee of the cabinet approved his appointment to the post for three years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
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    Union Parliament passes IIIT Amendment Bill

    August 4, 2017
    The Union Parliament passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill modifies the composition of the search-cum-selection committee which recommends names to the Central Government. It permits the Board of Governor of Institutes to appoint Assistant Professors and all the posts above that level as well.

    Manju won bronze at Junior World Wrestling in Tampere Finland

    August 4, 2017
    India's Manju Kumari won the bronze medal in women's 59kg category of the Junior World Wrestling Championship in Tampere, Finland. She defeated  Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova of Bulgaria. Divya Tomar (44kg), Nandini Salokhe (51kg) and Pooja Devi (67kg) missed the medal.
    Category: Sports

    National Company Law Tribunal approves Airtel Telenor merger

    August 4, 2017
    The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the proposed merger between Bharti Airtel and Telenor India. Airtel covers its spectrum in all seven circles namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam. It also covers Telenor India’s outstanding spectrum payments of some Rs1,650 crore and other operational contracts, including tower leases with Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers.
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    Harmanpreet Kaur appointed as DSP by Punjab Government

    August 4, 2017
    The Punjab State Government appointed Harmanpreet Kaur to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police. She got a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh cheque. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the state Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for her appointment.

    Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran s president for a second term

    August 4, 2017
    Hassan Rouhani officially was sworn in as the President of Iran for a second term. As per Iran’s Election Law, a President Elect is required to get the Leader’s approval before being sworn-in before the Parliament. Rouhani won the re-election in May 2017, after securing 57% of the votes. He defeated his main contender Ebrahim Raeisi.

    Maharashtra Government launches two online portals MahaDBT MahaVASTU

    August 4, 2017
    Maharashtra Government launched two online portals MahaDBT and MahaVASTU to streamline the process of direct benefit transfer (DBT). It is the first state in the country to launch such a system that will provide direct benefits with Aadhaar authentication. MahaDBT portal: It is an Aadhaar-authenticated electronic mechanism that will enable direct transfer of benefits for over 40 schemes currently implemented. MahaVASTU portal: It is an online building permission management system,... Read More

    Qatar to become first Arab state to offer permanent residency to some non citizens

    August 4, 2017
    Qatar’s Cabinet approved a draft law making permanent residency available to some non-citizens of the country. Under the new law, Residency permits will be granted to children of Qatari women married to foreigners. Gulf Arab countries have a high number of expatriate workers but do not allow naturalization of foreigners except in rare cases.
    Category: International

    MCX Mahindra Agri sign MoU for agriculture related price information

    August 4, 2017
    Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) and Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide agriculture related price information. This information will be available on their recently launched mobile application- ‘MyAgriGuru’, which is available for free on Google play store.
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    Walmart India appoints Devendra Chawla as EVP and COO

    August 4, 2017
    Wal-Mart India a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Wal-Mart Stores company appointed Devendra Chawla as chief operating officer and Executive Vice President. He will lead merchandising, marketing and omni channel functions for Walmart India's cash and carry business. He was CEO of the Future Consumer Limited (FCL) and Group President Food, FMCG, Brands Future Group.
    Category: Indian Affairs



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