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  • Maharashtra government decides to use plastic waste in building roads

    June 15, 2016
    Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in a bid to improve the durability and longevity of asphalt roads and reduce soil pollution. The Centre in its recommendations has stated that using plastic waste along with tar to build roads improves the quality. It also helps reduce soil pollution caused by plastic. Thus, the state government has decided to include plastic waste along with tar while building roads. The Central Road Research Institute has assured the... Read More

    Gregory Rabassa translator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at

    June 15, 2016
    A translator of worldwide influence and esteem who helped introduce Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and other Latin American authors to millions of English-language readers, Mr. Gregory Rabassa has passed away in Branford, Connecticut, US. He was 94 years old. He has died after a brief illness. He was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1922, and raised on a farm in Hanover, New Hampshire, near Dartmouth College, where Rabassa majored in languages.
    Rabassa studied Spanish and Portuguese... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Cabinet approves SBI takeover of units

    June 15, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet has approved the takeover by State Bank of India of several subsidiaries, a government source said, in a first move to consolidate the country's struggling public sector banks. As earlier proposed, SBI was due to take over five units that had been run at arms-length, as well as state-run Bharatiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in 2013. SBI has five associate banks — State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Gujarat government to launch mobile app for delivery of common services

    June 15, 2016
    The Gujarat government has decided to launch the mobile app 'Digital Gujarat' by August 15. Our aim is to put most of the services on the fingertips of citizens, so that they don't have to visit government offices.Initially, it would offer 30 services for which the citizens hitherto had to visit government offices or access the online portal digitalgujarat.gov.in. Using this app, people can apply for various services, such as ration card. Initially, the services available through... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Government Launches Scheme for setting up MW CTU connected Wind Power Project

    June 15, 2016
    The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU). The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of transparent and efficient e-auctioning and... Read More

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed

    June 15, 2016
    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was observed globally on 15 June 2016. The day is observed to voice against abuse and suffering inflicted on older people. On this day, number of events is held across the globe to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse. About Global Elder Population The global population of people aged 60-year and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Elder Abuse : Elder abuse can be defined as... Read More
    Category: International

    Peter Thomson of Fiji elected as President of st session of United Nations General Assembly

    June 15, 2016
    The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 13 June 2016 elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session. Thomson was elected in a rare secret ballot vote. He defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus by a secret-ballot vote of 94 to 90, with one abstention.The Fiji representative will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft. Thomson will begin his tenure in September 2016 at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Gujarat s Shiyal Bet gets power after years of Independence

    June 15, 2016
    Gujarat’s Shiyal Bet got electricity for the first time, after 70 years of Independence on 11 June 2016. State’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel inaugurated the 18.35 crore rupees project to supply grid power to the island through marine cables. CM Patel also unveiled a plaque dedicating the electrification project to the public at a ceremony organised in the compound of the Government Secondary School in Shiyal Bet. The Shiyal Bet project is an important part of the Prime... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Florida s Stonegate Bank to issue first US credit card for use in Cuba

    June 15, 2016
    Florida-based Stonegate Bank on 14 June 2016 issued a new credit card that will allow Americans to use it in Cuba during their visit to the country. The card will help the US visitors to avoid the Cuban 10-percent penalty on the dollar. Pompano-beach based Stonegate is also the first US bank to introduce a debit card for use in Cuba. The bank announced that US travelers will be able to use its Mastercard to charge purchases at Cuban state-run businesses and some private businesses, starting... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Union Government approves Measures for Conservation Preservation of Lakes in Bengaluru

    June 15, 2016
    The Union Government has  approved a series of measures for the abatement of pollution and for the conservation and preservation of lakes in Bengaluru on 14 June 2016. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting jointly chaired by Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Ananth Kumar and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar. Under the decision, all Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of the city will be monitored... Read More

    Vijay Mallya declared as Proclaimed Offender by Money Laundering Court

    June 15, 2016
    Businessman Vijay Mallya was on 14 June 2016 declared as a Proclaimed Offender by a special court for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Mumbai in a loan diversion case. The court issued proclamation under Section 82 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against Vijay Mallya. The move came after the Enforcement Directorate (ED), an investigation agency under the Union Finance Ministry, on 10 June 2016 filed a petition over a case where Mallya is suspected to have diverted a 430... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India set for maiden show at U Futsal World Cup

    June 15, 2016
    India are set to make their maiden appearance in the Under 17 Futsal World Cup next month, after being invited by the sport's governing body, the Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF), as a wild card to take part in the event.
    The competition, among futsal's biggest global events, is to be held from July 11-20 in Paraguay, with India one among a total of 12 competing countries. India have been drawn in Zone 'A' which pits them against the host nation Paraguay, Catalonia and... Read More
    Category: Sports

    SKS Microfinance renamed Bharat Financial Inclusion

    June 15, 2016
    SKS Microfinance has the name of the company has been changed to Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd. Pursuant to approval of Government, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Registrar of Companies, the name of the company has been changed from 'SKS Microfinance Limited' to 'Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited' with effect from today (June 13, 2016) . It is the only listed company in the microfinancing space in the country. Earlier in May, the company had said the decision to change the... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    India to provide Rs mn aid for college building in Nepal

    June 15, 2016
    India has pledged a financial assistance of Rs 48.84 million to Nepal for the construction of a college building in the capital Kathmandu.
    Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae laid foundation stone of the building for Koteshwor Multiple Campus in Kathmandu district. The campus building is constructed with financial aid from India and the project is being implemented through District Development Committee of Kathmandu.
    Established in 1990, Koteshwor Multiple Campus is a non-profit,... Read More
    Category: International

    State finance ministers attend GST meet in Kolkata

    June 15, 2016
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is attending a meeting of Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers here on Tuesday to nudge the states to arrive at a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. The draft Goods and Services Tax Bill, including the overall framework, and the Information Technology process of the GST are on the agenda of the two-day discussions. The meeting would also deliberate upon finding ways and means to resolve issues between the states and the Centre on... Read More

    President Pranab Mukherjee receives highest civilian award of Ivory Coast

    June 15, 2016
    President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award of the West African country. The award was bestowed upon Pranab Mukherjee during his two days visit to Ivory Coast on the second leg of his three-nation African tour. With this, Mr Mukherjee’s became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast. He was invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara. National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast :  It is... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    RBS India chief Brijesh Mehra to head corporate banking at RBL

    June 15, 2016
    Small sized private lender RBL Bank (formerly known as The Ratnakar Bank Limited) on Monday said the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) India chief Brijesh Mehra will be joining the company as head of corporate banking. The appointment comes within a month of RBS announcing its withdrawal from customer facing activities in India. Brijesh Mehra, the current country executive, India and the corporate and institutional banking head at RBS India, will take charge as head of corporate, institutional and... Read More
    Category: Persons

    SBI and Mastercard Partners with Centrum for distribution of its prepaid forex card

    June 15, 2016
    India's largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and MasterCard announced pilot launch of a distribution alliance with travel prepaid cards distributor Centrum. This partnership will aid the distribution strength of the Bank for it's multicurrency prepaid card and will largely target the corporate customers of the bank. The Bank is excited as this has been the first ever alliance SBI has entered into to supplement their distribution reach which is already very deep in the consumer... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Railway Ministry signs agreement with Odisha Govt for development of railway infrastructure

    June 15, 2016
    Railways has signed a pact with the Odisha government for setting up a joint venture company for development of rail infrastructure in the eastern state.
    Under the agreement, Railways will have 49 per cent stake while the state government will own 51 per cent in the JV company which will identify projects for development and mobilisation of financial resources for their execution. As part of it, the two partners will fund part of such identified projects, it said, adding, project-specific... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    BHEL commissions MW unit at Muzaffarpur

    June 15, 2016
    Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 195 MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in Bihar.
    This is the second 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2×195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station Stage-II of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL). KBUNL is a joint venture (JV) of NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) and BSPGCL (Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited).
    The first 195 MW unit was... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Australian Great Barrier Reef rodent first mammal species wiped out by human induced climate change

    June 15, 2016
    Australian Great Barrier Reef rodent (also known as Bramble Cay melomys) has become the first mammal species driven to extinction by human-induced climate change. It was revealed after researchers in extensive survey (searches) failed to find a single specimen from its only known habitat on a sandy island in far northern Australia. The extensive survey in the hope of conserving the species was conducted by Scientists from the University of Queensland, after a study in 2014 found no sign of the... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Israel elected as Chair of a permanent committee of UN for the first time

    June 15, 2016
    The United Nations General Assembly has  elected Israel to chair its Legal Committee, which is also known as the Sixth Committee on 13 June 2016. It is for the first time ever that Israel has been chosen to head one of its six permanent committees. In the secret ballot election, Israel received 109 Yes votes. No votes were cast against Israel. However, there were 23 abstentions, 14 invalid ballots and 43 votes for other countries in the Western European. Sixth Committee : The United... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Jal Marg Vikas Project on river Ganga to enable commercial navigation

    June 15, 2016
    Jal Marg Vikas is a project on the river Ganga that is being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kilometers.The project is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be completed over a period of six years at an estimated cost of 4200 crore rupees. It envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river. The construction of multi modal... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Jupiter like planet Kepler b orbiting two stars discovered

    June 15, 2016
    Scientists have discovered a Jupiter-like planet, Kepler-1647b, orbiting a system of two stars, making it the largest such cosmic body ever found. The planet Kepler-1647b, located in the constellation Cygnus, was discovered by astronomers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and San Diego State University (SDSU) in the US. Researchers said that the Kepler-1647 is 3700 light-years away and about 4.4 billion years old, roughly the same age as the Earth. The planet was discovered by... Read More



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