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  • BCCI suspends Goa Cricket Association officials for misappropriation of organization funds

    June 20, 2016
    The BCCI has  suspended and issued show cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials, who were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organisation funds, and initiated a probe of its own against them.
    GCA president Chetan Dessai and secretary Vinod Phadke, who are also part of important committees of BCCI, along with treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested earlier this week by police for alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore belonging to the organisation. BCCI... Read More

    Kannada movie Thithi wins top awards at th Shanghai International Film Festival

    June 20, 2016
    Filmmaker Raam Reddy's acclaimed Kannada film "Thithi" has bagged the top awards at the ongoing 19th Shanghai International Film Festival and the filmmaker says the response from the Chinese audience for the film has been "overwhelming".
    "Thithi" won the Best Film and Best Script Writers in the Asia New Talent Awards at the festival in Shanghai. Other films nominated in the Best Film Category were "One Night Only", "Hana's Miso... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Union Government approves FDI in Aviation Defence and e commerce sectors

    June 20, 2016
    The Union Government has eased foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for nine sectors to give impetus to job creation and ease of doing business in the country. Decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With these changes, India becomes most open economy in the world for FDI. Some of these sectors are :  Food products : In this sector, 100% FDI under government approval route has been approved. It will include trading in food... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    HRD ministry to setup Yoga Departments in six central varsities this year

    June 20, 2016
    Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani  has decided to setup a 'Yoga Department' in the six central universities during this academic year. The first ever 'Yoga Olympiad' for all government schools ahead of the International Yoga Day, Irani said the decision has been taken on basis of recommendations of a UGC committee, which was setup to explore the feasibility of Yoga studies in higher education institutions. Last year, during the International Yoga Day,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    year old Aida Gemanque becomes oldest Olympic torch bearer

    June 20, 2016
    Three years after becoming the world's oldest skydiver, Aida Gemanque became the oldest Olympic torch bearer on 18 June 2016  when she carried the flame in the Amazonian city of Macapa, aged 106.
    Gemanque broke the record formerly held by Alexander Kaptarenko, who was 101 when he took part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics relay, Xinhua news agency reported.
    The 95-day torch relay will pass through 325 Brazilian cities and involve some 12,000 runners before ending at... Read More

    NASA unveils X Hybrid Electric Research Plane

    June 20, 2016
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 17 June 2016 unveiled the iconic X-57 Hybrid Electric Research Plane nicknamed as Maxwell.The plane is fixed with 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them are integrated into a uniquely-designed wing. NASA will use this plane to test new propulsion technology. Highlights of X-57 Hybrid Electric Research Plane : The airplane is named after James Clerk Maxwell, the 19th century Scottish physicist who did groundbreaking work... Read More

    Sri Lankan pacer Shaminda Eranga suspended by ICC for illegal action

    June 20, 2016
    International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Shaminda Eranga from bowling on 19 June 2016. He was suspended after an assessment of his bowling action. The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. The test was performed on 6 June 20156 at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, which is an ICC accredited testing centre. Eranga, who has played 41 times for Sri Lanka... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose s statue unveiled in Malaysia

    June 20, 2016
    A bronze statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been unveiled at the Indian cultural centre premises here in the presence of nine Indian National Army (INA) veterans, including three women. During a visit to Malaysia last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced renaming of the Indian Cultural Centre here as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre.It marked a historic moment for INA, the Rani of Jhansi regiment, Balak Sena and the veterans of the INA in Malaysia. The bust... Read More
    Category: Persons

    HAL unveils indigenous basic trainer aircraft HTT

    June 20, 2016
    Public sector aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has unveiled indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT-40 in Bengaluru. The aircraft made its maiden flight recently the HAL Airport in Bengaluru in presence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. It was flown by Group Captain C Subramaniam and Group Captain Venugopal for about 10 to 15 minutes. HTT-40 : HTT-40 stands for Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40. It is two-seater aircraft designed and developed... Read More
    Category: Defence

    PM Narendra Modi Sri Lankan President inaugurate Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna

    June 20, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna which was renovated by India. Sri Lankan President Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna while PM Narendra Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi. The newly renovated Duraiappah Stadium has been named in honour of a former Mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah. The stadium was not in use since 1997 as it was damaged and... Read More

    June World Refugee Day

    June 20, 2016
    World Refugee Day was observed on 20 June 2016. It is observed annually to draw attention to the plight of refugees, celebrate their courage and resilience and renew commitment to solve refugee problems. It also recognises contributions of the refugees made to the countries that host them. Refugees : According to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, refugee is a person who fled his or her home and country owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion,... Read More
    Category: International

    International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed

    June 20, 2016
    First International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict was observed on 19 June 2016. The day was observed to raise awareness for the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence. It calls to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes. Conflict-related sexual violence : The term... Read More
    Category: International

    Renowned Educationalist Jeppiaar passes away

    June 20, 2016
    Jeppiaar, a renowned politician-turned-educationalist and founder of Jeppiaar Educational Trust, passed away on 18 June 2016 following a brief illness at Chennai. He was 85. He was originally named as Jesadimai Pangiraj. He was a pioneer in the setting up of private engineering institutions in Tamil Nadu and was the founder chancellor of Sathyabama University. Jeppiaar :  He started his career as a police man. He was AIADMK secretary of the Chennai District from 1972 to 1987 and had also... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Bipin R Patel appointed as President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    June 20, 2016
    Businessman Bipin R Patel was appointed as the President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) for the term 2016-17 on 18 June 2016. He succeeds Rohit J Patel. The decision in this regard was taken during the annual general meeting (AGM) of the GCCI. In another development, Shailesh Patwari was appointed as the Senior Vice-President of the chamber. Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) : The Chamber was founded in 1949 by Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Amrutlal Hargovandas,... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India won Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya

    June 20, 2016
    The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won silver at the Archery World Cup in Antalya on 19 June 2016 , Turkey. In the final clash at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea 1-5. Indian team trailed 0-2 in the first set against the top-seed Korean pair of Choi Misun and Ku Bonchan and went down 1-5 in the final. The Sixth seeded Indian duo reached final after beating second-seeded pair of Mauro Nespoli Guendalina Sartori 5-1 in straight sets in... Read More

    India South Korea launch Korea Plus platform to promote investments

    June 20, 2016
    India and South Korea have launched a platform ‘Korea Plus’ to promote and facilitate Korean Investments in India. It was launched by the Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her South Korean counterpart Joo Hyunghwan in New Delhi. The mandate of Korea Plus platform covers the entire investment spectrum including supporting Korean enterprises entering the Indian market for the first time. It will be also looking into issues faced by Korean companies doing... Read More
    Category: International

    Haryana to have India s first AYUSH university

    June 20, 2016
    Haryana to have the country’s first-of-its-kind AYUSH University as the State cabinet has approved a proposal to upgrade Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College, Kurukshetra, as a university. Health Minister Anil Vij said an ordinance would soon be introduced for the university following which it would become functional. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all AYUSH systems  including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. These would include surgery,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    California becomes world s sixth largest economy

    June 20, 2016
    California is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, surpassing France, thanks to a robust state economy and strong US dollar. California was the world's eighth-largest economy in 2014, Irena Asmundson, chief economist of the California Department of Finance, said in a phone interview. California did exceptionally well in 2015. France is the world's seventh-largest economy with a growth domestic product of $2.42 trillion, and India is the eighth-largest with $2.09 trillion,... Read More
    Category: International

    Nico Rosberg wins European Grand Prix

    June 20, 2016
    Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg won the European Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on19 June 2016, tightening his hold on the top spot in the Formula One drivers' standings. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany finished second and Mexican Sergio Perez, who drives for Force India, took third place, reports Efe. Rosberg's teammate, Briton Lewis Hamilton, finished in fifth place.Rosberg, who started from the pole position, has now won 19 F1 titles. Hamilton came into... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Union Ministry of AYUSH releases Yog Geet for International Yoga Day

    June 20, 2016
    The Union Ministry of AYUSH Ministry has released a Yog Geet (Yoga song) for celebrating the second International Yoga Day on 21 June 2016. The Yoga song was selected from the 1,000 entries were received through a national-level competition organised by the AYUSH Ministry. Facts : It is the three-minute-15-seconds song in Hindi short-listed based on the better lyrics. It has been produce and written by Dheeraj Saraswat. Music Director of the song was Sumanto Ray. It has been voiced by Gandhar... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Australia won Hero Hockey Champions Trophy

    June 20, 2016
    Australia on 18 June 2016 won Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London. It defeated India 1-0 in a shoot-out. The game finished with the score locked at 0-0 but later Australia scored a goal in the shoot-out reducing the score to 1-0 and won the final match to win the Gold medal. Australia’s Blake Govers missed a penalty stroke, while India was dominant in the third and fourth quarter before losing the shoot-out.With this victory, Australia... Read More
    Category: Sports



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