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  • Ex BJP MP Chetan Chauhan named NIFT Chairman

    June 18, 2016
    Former BJP MP Chetan Chauhan, who had played Test cricket for India, has been appointed as the Chairman of the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, prompting sharp reaction from the Aam Aadmi Party. Chauhan's appointment is similar to the appointments to institutions like the FTII and CBFC. This is absurd. He (Chauhan) does not know 'F' about fashion and he is the same person who defended Jaitley. Set up in 1986, the premier fashion institute, which has centres... Read More

    First batch of three female fighter pilots commissioned

    June 18, 2016
    The first batch of three female pilots  Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on 18 June 2016. On successful completion of their training, the trio were formally commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Being the first to break barriers, they were the cynosure of all eyes at the parade in their immaculate turnout. On completion of their Stage III training at Bidar in adjoining Karnataka next year, they will get to fly... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Microsoft AICTE signed agreement to build app for HRD ministry s SWAYAM platform

    June 18, 2016
    Microsoft was selected as the technical partner to build a mobile Application (app) for Union Human Resources Ministry's SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform on 17 June 2016 . The platform will launch 2000 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)for over three crore students in 2016. Microsoft signed a deal of 38 crore rupees with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to build and run the app for three years. Later, it will be taken over by... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Government notified coastal police stations extending their jurisdiction to nautical miles

    June 18, 2016
    Union Home Ministry has  notified 10 coastal police stations extending their jurisdictional limits from the existing 12 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles. The notified 10 police stations share the coastline in eight States on 16 June 2016. The new coastal police stations are proposed to maintain security up to five nautical miles from the shore. After the 26/11 terror attacks, the Coast Guard was given responsibility to secure the territorial waters which are extending up to 12... Read More
    Category: Defence

    India Thailand to forge close ties in defence maritime

    June 18, 2016
    India and Thailand has decided to ramp up cooperation in the fields of economy, counter terrorism, cyber security and human trafficking besides forging closer ties in defence and maritime security.
    The announcement was made here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive talks with his visiting Thai counterpart General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
    The countries have prioritised completion of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral highway and early signing of the Motor Vehicles Agreement... Read More

    Odisha plans advance skill training institutes with Rs cr outlay

    June 18, 2016
    Odisha government plans to set up eight advanced skill training institutes with an outlay of  Rs 1,000 crore. Three years from now, every graduate of an ITI (industrial training institutes) of the state will be at the fore front of technology. With a massive outlay of Rs 1000 crores, with loan assistance of Asian Development Bank, the eight advanced skill training institutes will come up in different parts of the state. These will be modelled around the best in the world in terms of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Kerala tourism bags four awards at FilmAT International Film Festival in Poland

    June 18, 2016
    Kerala Tourism won four awards at ‘FilmAT’ which is one of the biggest international film festivals dedicated to tourism, art and ecology in Poland. Three of the honours were given to a single campaign. ‘Responsible Tourism’ initiative started by Kerala Tourism won three awards under categories of the Best Promotional Social Campaign, Protection of Nature, and Eco-Food categories respectively. The tourism board's ad film ‘The Great Backwaters of Kerala’... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    SpaceX successfully launches two commercial satellites

    June 18, 2016
    US based private space transport service company SpaceX successfully launched two commercial satellites viz. EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A. They were launched using SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket which had lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US. This mission was SpaceX’s second dual-satellite launch. These two commercial satellites are operated by Eutelsat and ABS companies respectively. They are geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) satellites that seek... Read More

    NRIs can now join NPS online through eNPS

    June 18, 2016
    The Union Finance Ministry has announced that non-resident Indians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online i.e. through eNPS if they have Aadhaar Card or Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. Earlier, NRIs could open NPS accounts only through paper based applications by approaching Bank offices.  NPS are being regulated by the PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority), a regulator established by the Finance Ministry. Through eNPS, NRI’s will... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Suresh Chandra appointed as Union Law Secretary

    June 18, 2016
    Senior legal service officer Suresh Chandra was appointed as Union Law Secretary on 14 June 2016. Chandra is currently Additional Secretary in the department. G Narayana Raju, Legislative Secretary, was holding additional charge of the post of Secretary, Legal Affairs. The government had issued advertisements for the post, even seeking candidates from outside the Law Ministry. Initially, the ministry received 45 applications from across the country, including those from serving sessions... Read More

    people perform largest Karma dance in Madhya Pradesh enters Guinness world records

    June 18, 2016
    During the recent event in District Mandla,Madhya Pradesh, 3,049 people registered their spot in the Guinness book of world records for performing largest Karma Naach dance ever. The people took part in the dance to celebrate the culture and history of the Gond tribes of central India. Organised by district administration association, the participants formed 61 large circles of 50 people and performed the traditional tribal dance in spectacular synchronicity. In accordance with the Guinness... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Moody s revises Tata Power s outlook to negative from stable

    June 18, 2016
    Moody's has revised to negative from stable the outlook on the Ba3 corporate family rating and senior unsecured rating of Tata Power following the announcement that the company has signed a share purchase agreement to buy Welspun Renewables Energy for Rs 9,250 crore. Tata Power's Ba3 ratings include a one-notch uplift based on the assessment that Tata Power will likely receive support from its major shareholder, Tata Sons Ltd,(unrated), if needed.The ratings could revert to stable if... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    State Bank of India creates a dedicated Rs crore fund for startups

    June 18, 2016
    India's largest public sector lender State Bank of India  (SBI) has created a dedicated IT innovations and startup fund and have set aside Rs 200 crore for investment in promising startups. The fund would be extending upto Rs 3 crore for any India registered company for promoting their business in India using information technology for banking.
    We have created an entity to promote and ensure usage of the funds for the right purposes, the entity could have one or more technical... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance



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