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  • Piyush Goyal launches URJA app to better consumer connect

    June 17, 2016
    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Shri Piyush Goyal today launched 'URJA'- Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan Mobile app on the side-lines of ongoing two day Conference of Power Ministers at Cansaulim in South Goa.
    The app is developed by Power Finance Corporation on behalf of Ministry of Power for Urban Power Distribution Sector to enhance consumer connect with the Urban Power Distribution sector by providing information of IT enabled towns on important... Read More

    India ranks fourth in hacked servers Kaspersky Lab

    June 17, 2016
    Kaspersky Lab researchers have investigated a global forum where cyber criminals can buy and sell access to compromised servers for as little as $6 each. The xDedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, currently lists 70,624 hacked Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers for sale and India ranks fourth in hacked servers with 3,488 compromised servers listed on xDedi as of May 2016. According to the investigation, many of the servers host or provide access to popular... Read More
    Category: International

    Hot beverages can cause esophageal cancer WHO

    June 17, 2016
    Recently released report of World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that hot drinks (beverages) consumed at temperatures above 65 Celsius can cause esophageal cancer. The report was based on the study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO. The conclusion comes after researchers discovered that the drinks are not carcinogenic, but actually the high temperatures at which they served causes cancer. For this study purpose IARC had analysed... Read More

    Scientists for the first time grow living bone in lab

    June 17, 2016
    Scientists for the first time in modern medical history have grown a living bone in the lab to repair large defects in the head and face of patient. This medical breakthrough was achieved by a new technique developed by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, professor at Columbia University. The new technique uses autologous stem cells derived from a small sample of the recipient’s fat and precisely replicates the original anatomical structure of the bone.
    Using it, scientists were able to show... Read More

    US Senate approves enhanced military cooperation with India

    June 17, 2016
    The United States (US) Senate (Upper House) has unanimously approved amendment to enhance military co-operation with India as part of National Defence Authorisation Act -2017 Under it, military co-operation with India will be for developing military doctrine, threat analysis, force planning, logistical support and intelligence collection and analysis.
    The bill was moved by Senator John Sullivan and the amendment was co-sponsored by Senator John Corny and Mark Warner, the two co-chairs of... Read More

    India Namibia sign two MoUs

    June 17, 2016
    India and Namibia have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the final leg of President Pranab Mukherjee’s three-nation African visit. These agreements were signed after a bilateral dialogue between President Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob. The two signed MoUs include MoU on Capacity building for civil servants of Namibia. Mou on setting up of centre of excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Civil Nuclear  : Deal Later in... Read More
    Category: International

    China to operationalise the exascale supercomputer Tianhe by

    June 17, 2016
    China is all set to operationalise the 'exascale supercomputer' by 2020 which will be capable of performing at least a billion billion calculations per second.The supercomputer will be named Tianhe -3 and it will be operationalised three years before the US plan to install such computers. The development of the ‘exascale supercomputer’ is part of the China’s national plan for the next generation of high performance computers. It will be developed during the 13th... Read More

    Draft National Wind Solar Hybrid Policy released

    June 17, 2016
    Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has  released Draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy 2016 on 14 June 2016. The policy was unveiled as part of Union Government’s attempt to reach the target of 175 Gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022. It includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind. Goal : To reach wind-solar hybrid capacity of 10 GW by 2022 Objectives of the Policy : To provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Scientists announces Human Genome Project Write to synthesize entire genome

    June 17, 2016
    A team of 25 Scientists on 2 June 2016 published their proposal to synthesize entire human genome from scratch under the project called the Human Genome Project-Write (HGP-Write) in Science Magazine. The aim of the project is to reduce the cost of engineering DNA segments in the laboratory.Its proponents envision a project on the same scale as the Human Genome Project-Read (HGP-Read) under which human genome was sequenced in 2003. Human Genome Project-Write (HGP-Write) : The Project was named... Read More

    Review meeting of Indo EU Water crops project held

    June 17, 2016
    The 9 million Euro Indo-EU ‘Water4crops’ project was in news in third week of June 2016 after a review and planning meet on the project was conducted from 15 June to 17 June 2016 in New Delhi. The review meeting was held to mark the completion of 4-year of the project. Water4Crops stands for “integrating bio-treated wastewater reuse and valorization with enhanced water use efficiency to support the Green Economy in Europe and India”. Objective of the project :... Read More

    RAPID five point charter for tax administrators outlined by Narendra Modi

    June 17, 2016
    RAPID :  R for Revenue, A for Accountability, P for Probity, I for Information and D for Digitization Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 June 2016 suggested a mantra, RAPID, to tax officials while inaugurating Rajasva Gyan Sangam, a two-day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators in New Delhi. The mantra, RAPID means R for Revenue, A for Accountability, P for Probity, I for Information and D for Digitization. It will help people to respect the rule of law as well as fear of the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Uber enters into pact with Tata group

    June 17, 2016
    Tech-based car hailing company Uber has entered into an agreement with Tata group to help its drivers own Indica and Indigo cars with less hassle. While Tata Capital Financial Services and Tata Motors Finance will offer loans at competitive interest rates, ‘affordable’ insurance would be offered by Tata AIG as a package. Started off in Hyderabad, the scheme will be rolled out in other cities where Uber runs its services. Over the next one year, the initiative endeavours to fuel... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Karnataka Bank gets fair business practice award

    June 17, 2016
    The Mangaluru-based Karnataka Bank has bagged the Jamnalal Bajaj award for fair business practices, a certificate of merit under the category 'service enterprises-large'.
    The award was constituted by the CFPB (Council for Fair Business Practices) in four categories : manufacturing, services, trade and distribution and charitable association.
    Karnataka Bank Managing Director and CEO P Jayaram Bhat said in the release that their bank was committed to promoting the highest... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Kolkata Ashuganj Tripura transit facility between India Bangladesh becomes operational

    June 17, 2016
    Kolkata-Ashuganj-Tripura transit facility under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol between India and Bangladesh became operational. The transit facility was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June 2015. It was officially inaugurated on 16 June 2016. As part of it, the first ship from Kolkata carrying 1000 tonnes of steel and iron sheets reached Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh. From the port the cargo will transit throughout Bangladesh... Read More
    Category: International

    Indian origin Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir nominated as US Ambassador to Malaysia

    June 17, 2016
    Indian-origin diplomat Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir was on 17 June 2016 nominated as the next American Ambassador to Malaysia by US President Barack Obama.He will replace Joseph Y Yun, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir : Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir served as the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015.   She served as the US Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom from 2009 to 2011.
    She... Read More

    World Day to Combat Desertification observed

    June 17, 2016
    World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016 was observed across the world on 17 June 2016. Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality was the theme for the 2016 WDCD. The slogan for the day was Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People. The theme focuses on making Land Degradation Neutrality, which is a fundamental solution for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the other hand, the slogan addresses the importance of comprehensive participation and... Read More
    Category: International

    Veteran Odia actress Manimala Devi passes away

    June 17, 2016
    Manimala  Devi, veteran Odia actress, passed away on 16 June 2016 following a prolonged illness at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She was 86.
    Manimala ruled the Odia film industry in the 1960s as lead actress with her influential performances in various films.
    Manimala  Devi :  Born on 19 June 1931 at Balibishi village of Kendrapara district, Manimala joined Annapurna Theatre at the tender age of eight.  She began her career as a child artiste in Annapurna  Group B and... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Rio unveils official slogan for Olympic and Paralympic Games

    June 17, 2016
    The Rio 2016 organising committee on 14 June 2016 revealed the official slogan, A New World, for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America. The slogan was unveiled by Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at a special ceremony held at Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, Brazil. Besides, the organising committee also unveiled the designs for the 2488 gold, silver and bronze medals that ten thousand athletes will soon be competing for. Slogan : A new... Read More
    Category: Sports

    North America to have its first sanctuary for dolphins

    June 17, 2016
    Baltimore’s National Aquarium on 15 June 2016 announced its plan to create an Oceanside dolphin sanctuary. This will be first of its kind sanctuary for the marine mammals in North America. The aquarium will move its colony of eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to an outdoor facility with natural seawater by 2020. Of the eight bottlenose dolphins (six female and two male), only one has ever lived in the open ocean. For this purpose of creating a sanctuary, a team is scouting locations in... Read More
    Category: Environment

    NASA spots Single Methane Leak from Space using Hyperion spectrometer

    June 17, 2016
    NASA’s instrument, Hyperion spectrometer on NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1), onboard an orbiting spacecraft measured methane emissions from a single, specific leaking facility on Earth’s surface. The observation, which occurred over Aliso Canyon, near Porter Ranch, California is an important breakthrough. It is important as it provides an ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from space. This observation from space came in news after... Read More

    Syed Nayeemuddin former Indian football team coach to be conferred with Mohun Bagan Ratna

    June 17, 2016
    Mohun Bagan has  announced that it will honour country’s only Dronacharya football coach Syed Nayeemuddin with the Mohun Bagan Ratna on 15 June 2016. Nayeemuddin was chosen for the prestigious award for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach. Syed Nayeemuddin :  Syed Nayeemuddin is an Indian football coach and former player. As a player, he captained the Indian national team that won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games.He was... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    LIGO team announced second detection of gravitational waves

    June 17, 2016
    Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team on 15 June 2016 announced their second detection of gravitational waves, the flexing of space and time caused by the black hole collision.The detection was made on 26 December 2016 by the LIGO’s twin detectors in Louisiana and Washington when the waves hit the observatory lasted for about a full second and is five times longer than the first one. While, the first gravitational wave observation was announced in February 2016... Read More

    Andhra Pradesh to start Internet based phone service

    June 17, 2016
    Andhra Pradesh is perhaps the first State to have obtained a telecom licence and it can issue phone numbers starting with the ‘797’ series from August this year. It indirectly got the opportunity to start an internet based telephone service ‘without requiring any further registration’ after it obtained permission from the Telecom Ministry for starting its own IPTV  Internet Protocol based Television network  as part of its Fibre Grid project. Although it... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Government approves Rs crore highway project in Punjab

    June 17, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has  approved a Rs 2,070-crore highways project in Punjab under its hybrid annuity mode to ensure faster movement of traffic between Chandigarh and Ludhiana. The project is part of Chandigarh-Ludhiana section. Six/ four laning of Kharar to Ludhiana section of NH 95 (New NH 5) has been approved by the Cabinet .The 76-km highway stretch will be constructed at a cost of Rs 2,069.70 crore and land required for it is 383.22 hectare, majority of which has been acquired and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Famous TV actress Ann Morgan Guilbert dies

    June 17, 2016
    Famous Television actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on 16 June 2016 after battling with cancer. She was 87. Ann Morgan Guilbert  :  She began her TV career in the 1960s, appearing on popular programmes such as I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, and The New Andy Griffith Show. She was best known for her five-season run on classic sitcom Dick Van Dyke Show.In which, she played a character named Millie Helper, who... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Senior IAS officer Supriya Sahu appointed as Director General of Doordarshan

    June 17, 2016
    Senior IAS officer Supriya Sahu was appointed as Director General of Doordarshan on 15 June 2016. She will be the full-time director general of the state-run broadcaster after two year as the post was lying vacant since July 2014. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved to appoint Sahu for the post.She would replace Aparna Vaish who was acting head of Doordharsan. She was appointed after the board decided to appoint the senior-most additional director general (ADG) at... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Russia launches most powerful nuclear icebreaker Arktika

    June 17, 2016
    Russia has launched the new Project 22220 nuclear powered icebreaker dubbed ‘Arktika’. It is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind. It was launched from the Baltic Shipyard located in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.
    Features of Arktika  : Arktika is powered by two next generation RITM-200 nuclear-reactors. These reactors will be supplied with nuclear be produced by the TVEL fuel company. It has dual-draft design which makes it... Read More
    Category: International



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