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  • New superfast train between Vijayawada Secunderabad launched

    June 22, 2016
    A new superfast intercity express train between Vijayawada and Secunderabad with just one stop was launched on 20 June 2016, mainly to facilitate travel of Andhra Pradesh Government employees to the new capital region from Hyderbad.
    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tonight flagged off the train, the first-ever single stop superfast service between Secunderabad and Vijayawada and non-stop between Guntur and Secunderabad.
    This train, which runs six... Read More

    Union Cabinet approved establishment of Fund of Funds for Startups

    June 22, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has  approved the establishment of Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) on 22 June 2016. The establishment of the fund is in tune with the Start up India Action Plan that was unveiled in January 2016 to boost start up ecosystem in the country. Features  :  Beneficiaries : It will be utilised for contribution  to various Alternative Investment Funds (AIF), registered with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) which would extend funding support to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Ken Miyauchi to replace Nikesh Arora as SoftBank president

    June 22, 2016
    Japanese conglomerate SoftBank has named Ken Miyauchi, head of the group's Japanese telecommunications operations, as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)  on 22 June 2016. The appointment came after Nikesh Arora had abruptly resigned from his position after it became clear that Chairman and CEO Masayoshi wanted to remain at the helm longer than first planned. Ken Miyauchi  : Before being named as President and COO of SoftBank, Ken Miyauchi led the Japanese... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Hurt Anju Bobby George resigns as Kerala Sports Council President

    June 22, 2016
    India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George has resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council on 22 June 2016,fter she accused Sports Minister EP Jayarajan for allegedly harassing her and other members of Kerala Sports Council.
    Besides the iconic athlete, 13 other members of the council, including noted volleyball player Tom Jose, also resigned. She was appointed to the top post by the Oommen Chandy government in the year 2015. Anju became the first... Read More
    Category: Sports

    World Bank releases India Development Update

    June 22, 2016
    The World Bank Group has  released the mid-year edition of India Development Update 2016 : Financing Double-Digit Growth on 20 June 2016. The report finds that India’s economy expanded at a faster pace in FY 2016.
    It says that the economy was lifted to a higher growth path by demand from urban households and public investments, despite the fact that other key growth engines had stalled. Highlights  : It reviews the current challenges in India’s financial sector and... Read More

    K b a newborn Exoplanet around a young star discovered by NASA

    June 22, 2016
    NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission allowed astronomers to discover the youngest fully formed exoplanet, K2-33b. The WM Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii also helped in discovery of this new found planet. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond our sun. The finding was published online on 20 June 2016 in journal Nature. Characteristic features of K2-33b : The planet K2-33b is nearly 10 times closer to its star than Mercury is to our sun, making it... Read More

    Kuumbi Cave Bone artefacts used by Early Humans discovered in the Cave

    June 22, 2016
    The research, published in the journal Azania : Archaeological Research in Africa in May 2016, highlighted that the bone tools were used for hunting, and even as poison arrow tips in eastern Africa over 13000 years ago. These bone artefacts were discovered in the Kuumbi Cave in Zanzibar. Kuumbi Cave : Kuumbi Cave is one of a group of caves that underlie a flight of marine terraces in Pleistocene limestone in eastern Zanzibar. These caves are archaeological sites that include bones, stone... Read More
    Category: International

    I T department to block PAN LPG subsidy of tax defaulters

    June 22, 2016
    The Income Tax department has decided to "block" Permanent Account Number (PAN) of such entities, get their LPG subsidy cancelled and take measures to ensure that they are not sanctioned loans.
    A number of such measures have been mooted by the tax department, to be undertaken this financial year, in order to curb the menace of large-scale tax avoidance and evasion.
    As per a strategy paper prepared by the department, also accessed by PTI, the taxman will block PAN in such a... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    South India Bank launches Remit India Service

    June 22, 2016
    South India Bank has announced the launch of its Remit2India Service. It is a secure online money transfer service for NRIs. The new arrangement facilitates faster, cost -effective remittance from the US to SIB accounts in India. Currently, south Indian Bank’s facilitity is available for remmittance from Europe, Australia, UAE and Singapore. South Indian Bank Limited  : South Indian Bank Limited (SIB) is a private sector bank headquartered at Thrissur City in Kerala, India. South... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Jaitley releases silver coin to mark Martyrdom Day of Banda Singh Bahadur

    June 22, 2016
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has released a commemorative silver coin to mark the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh General Banda Singh Bahadur 22 June 2016. Jaitley said there is a need to educate people about the rich history and tradition of Punjab, including iconic leaders like Banda Singh Bahadur. Banda Singh Bahadur : Banda Singh Bahadur was a Sikh military commander. At age 15 he left home to become an ascetic, and was given the name ‘’Madho Das’’. He... Read More

    India ranks th in FDI inflows UNCTAD report

    June 22, 2016
    As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflows. As per the report, India’s FDI inflows have increased to 44 billion dollars in 2015 as compared to 35 billion dollars in 2014. Highlights :  Top 10 Countries are : United States, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Canada and India.
    United States with 380 billion dollars FDI inflows has topped the list.
    China with FDI... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    ISRO to test indigenously developed scramjet engine

    June 22, 2016
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to test indigenously developed scramjet engine technology based on air-breathing propulsion in July 2016. The test will be conducted on test platform named Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. Advanced Technology Vehicle : The test platform ATV will comprise a scramjet engine hitched to a two-stage sounding rocket (RH- 560). The vehicle has been characterised and being fabricated at the VSSC... Read More

    Six Indian WW warriors gets place in Digital Archive of United Kingdom

    June 22, 2016
    Six Indian World War I (WW-I) heroes became part of Britain’s new digital archive. The archive was launched as part of UK government’s centenary celebrations of WW-I and aims to tell the inspiring stories of war heroes on 20 June 2016. The new Digital Archive was launched by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to chronicle individual biographies of the war heroes. The new digital archive can be accessed through the UK government’s official gov.uk portal. Indians Important... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Maharashtra Cabinet approves Minority Status to Jew community

    June 22, 2016
    The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the minority status to Jew community. This decision will benefit the students from these communities to avail scholarships from the state government on 21 June 2016 . How will Minority Status Benefit Jew community : After getting the minority status, the Jews in the state will be entitled to use benefits of government schemes meant for minorities and can also apply in educational institutions under the minority status. The people of this community will now... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Aadhaar to be linked with caste domicile certificates

    June 22, 2016
    Union Government in June 2016 asked all state governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school students. Under first-of-its-kind initiative, the states have been asked to ensure that such certificates are issued within 60 days time to the students when they are studying either in Class V or VIII. Why the direction was given : To make sure that the scholarships will be granted on time to students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes and without causing... Read More

    A Life in Diplomacy authored by MK Rasgotra

    June 22, 2016
    The book titled A Life in Diplomacy was in news in the third week of June 2016. The book was written by former Indian diplomat Maharajakrishna Rasgotra. It is an insider's account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy. The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster. Maharajakrishna Rasgotra... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India UAE to set up parliamentary panel to enhance ties

    June 22, 2016
     India and the UAE will set up a joint panel of parliamentarians to enhance relations and facilitate their visits to promote cooperation to tackle security issues and challenges facing the region.
    A decision was taken in this regard during a meeting between first woman speaker of UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) Amal Abdullah Al-Qubaisi and the Indian ambassador . During the meeting, Al-Qubaisi stressed the importance of activating parliamentary relations between FNC and... Read More
    Category: International

    Noted Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah dies

    June 22, 2016
    Noted Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah died on 21 June 2016 at his house at Ragannagudem, Telangana following a brief illness. He was 61. He is survived by three daughters.His songs both regaled and incensed supporters of statehood movement Guda Anjaiah : Anjanna was famous for his song Ooru manadi ra, ee vada manadi ra  which was translated into multiple languages. He played a key role in Telangana movement, penning several songs that also found their way into films. His songs... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    ISRO launches record satellites from Sriharikota

    June 22, 2016
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on 22 June 2016. With this launch of 20 satellites, ISRO also managed to break its previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008. The 20 satellites including India’s latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 was launched on-board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-34. The other 19... Read More

    Andhra Postal circle releases stamps on Yoga booklet

    June 22, 2016
    To commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle on 21 June 2016 released “Information booklet, Stamps on Yoga” and “12 stamps on Suryanamaskarams”. The booklet contains illustrations and description of 24 yoga asana (postures). It also provides a brief description on the various Yoga postures depicted in the original Stamps. The booklet contains four Commemorative stamps released in 1991 on various yoga postures-- Bhujangasana,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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