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  • Britain votes to exit European Union in historic referendum

    June 24, 2016
    People of Britain in a historic referendum has voted in favour of leaving European Union (EU) on 24 June 2016. The referendum ‘to leave’ or ‘to be a member’ of EU saw 51.9% votes in favour compared to 48.1% in against.
    Referendum turnout was higher than at 2015 general election. Northern Ireland, London and Scotland voted strongly to stay back with the EU while the Wales and the English shires backed Britain exit (Brexit) from the EU. Why the people voted for... Read More

    Union Government approved setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees

    June 24, 2016
    Union Ministry of Urban Development has  approved the setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees to promote people centric planning and execution of new urban development schemes on 22 June 2016. These committees will comprise of elected representatives of the country, thus giving Members of Parliament (MP) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) a say in the implementation of the urban development schemes. In a first of its kind, these Committees will oversee,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced resignation after Brexit vote

    June 24, 2016
    The Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron has  announced his resignation hours after the Brexit vote that favoured leaving the European Union (EU) on 24 June 2016. During the campaign, Cameron-led Conserve Party advocated for remaining with the EU. In the referendum that was held on 23 June 2016, 51.89 percent of the voters preferred to leave the EU. Among the 46.5 million people who registered to vote, only 48.11 percent voted to remain in the grouping. However, the result must... Read More
    Category: Persons

    LIC chairman S K Roy resigns two years before his term ends

    June 24, 2016
    Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chairman S K Roy (pictured) has written to the government to relieve him of his duties from June 29 this year.
    Roy, who took charge as chairman of the country’s largest insurer on the same date in 2013, had a five-year term. The reasons for his resignation are not known. The approval of his request for being relieved of his duties will be subject to consent of the Cabinet Committee on Appointments.
    A source close to the development said... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Darjeeling Zoo to receive snow leopard from London s Dudley Zoological Gardens

    June 24, 2016
    The Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling will soon receive a snow leopard from Dudley Zoological Gardens in London. The leopard, named Makalu, is expected to make arrival at the Kolkata airport in an Emeritus Flight on the morning of 24 June 2016. Makalu will then be transported to the zoo. Makalu, who gets his name from the world’s fifth highest peak on the south-east side of the Everest, was born at the Black Country zoo. Snow leopards :  The snow leopard is a... Read More

    Colombia government FARC rebels sign ceasefire

    June 24, 2016
    The Colombian government and the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels on 23 June 2016 signed a historic ceasefire deal. This ceasefire deal helped in ending more than five decades of conflict, which is regarded as one of the oldest wars of history. The signing ceremony held at Havana was witnessed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, FARC chief Timoleón Timochenko Jiménez, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Cuban president, Raúl Castro and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Odisha approves new gram pancahyats

    June 24, 2016
    Odisha government has approved a proposal of the Panchayati Raj department to add 500 new gram panchayats  before the 2017 three-tier panchayat polls.
    The decision has been taken based on the recommendation received from the district level, said secretary to Panchayati Raj department Deo Ranjan Singh. Singh said the state election commission will be soon informed about the proposal.
    The state presently has 6,211 panchayats.  
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council rejects reservation for women in government jobs

    June 24, 2016
    Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council has rejected a private member's bill seeking 20 per cent reservation for women in appointment by direct recruitment in the state on 23 June 2016.
    Shehnaz Ganai of opposition National Conference moved the private member's bill in the Upper House to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004. The statistics available in the state show that women are not adequately represented in state services.
    In order to provide equal opportunities... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bill for indirect election of mayors passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly

    June 24, 2016
    The Tamil Nadu Assembly has  passed through a headcount the Bill to conduct indirect election of Mayors on 23 June 2016. The Tamil Nadu Municipal Corporation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to ensure election of Mayors by councillors and not by the people directly. At present, election to the municipal corporation are conducted on party basis. It has been brought to the notice of the government that councils of certain municipal corporations are not functioning properly since the mayor... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Artemi Panarin wins Calder Memorial Trophy

    June 24, 2016
    Russian hockey winger Artemi Panarin, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, on 22 June 2016 won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy. The announcement was made by the US National Hockey League (NHL). In the selection process, Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1258 voting points. He was followed by Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858). Panarin, 24, surpassed all rookies in goals 30, assists... Read More

    IIT Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal awarded GD Birla Award

    June 24, 2016
    IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal has been awarded the twenty-fifth GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 2015.
    He has been bestowed with this award for his significant contributions have been in the area of Mechanics. Sanjay Mittal  : He is Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. He was instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur.
    He also heads the... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Boxers Vikas Krishan and Manoj Kumar qualify for Rio Olympics

    June 24, 2016
    Indian boxers Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2016 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.  Manoj Kumar booked Olympic berth after advancing in the quarterfinal bout against Tajikistan’s Rakhimov Shakvakatdzhon in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in Baku, Azerbaijan.
    Later, Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan also qualified for the Olympics after defeating South Korea’s Lee Dongyun 3-0 in the 75kg category... Read More
    Category: Sports

    SCO summit begins in Tashkent Uzbekistan

    June 24, 2016
    The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit started in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 2-day meeting of heads of state of SCO is being conducted under the presidency of Uzbekistan. During the summit, the issues related to strengthen stability and security in Central Asia will be undertaken. It will also take into consideration the expansion of SCO’s contacts with other international organization and states.  It will also seek wide involvement of the SCO observer states and... Read More

    India Switzerland ink MoU to enhance cooperation in skill development

    June 24, 2016
    India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training.
    The MoU was signed between Switzerland’s State Secretary Mauro Dell’ Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Winterthur. The MoU is consistent with the strategy of the Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and... Read More
    Category: International

    Harika wins best women s player in Kazakhstan Blitz

    June 24, 2016
    Grand Master Harika Dronavalli added another feather to her cap by winning the best women's player award in the Eurasian Blitz chess tournament in Kazakhstan. The India number two player picked up a cash prize of $2500 and 60 ELO points to regain her position in the top 10. Harika had won the best woman's prize at the Zalakaros International Chess Festival in Hungary last week to jump to world number 9 in the classical rankings list. The 25-year-old's win is particularly... Read More

    Dustin Johnson clinches maiden Major golf title at US Open

    June 24, 2016
    US Golfer Dustin Johnson claimed his maiden Major golf title registering a three-stroke victory in the 116th US Open  ,although not without a farcical drama early in the fourth and final round. The World No.6 carded a final-round 69  one of seven sub-70 scores posted on Sunday -- for a 72-hole total of four-under 276 to end an 0-for-28 drought in Majors. The last edition's runner-up won by three strokes over Shane Lowry (76), Jim Furyk (66) and Scott Piercy (69). Seven of the... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes brand ambassador of Exide Life Insurance

    June 24, 2016
    Exide Life Insurance has announced that they have signed India's ODI and T20 cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a brand ambassador.
    Dhoni represents a unique blend of skill, commitment and stability which are all personality traits that are relevant to the life insurance category. As a life insurance company, we believe that long term relationships build trust, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a perfect embodiment of that belief. Dhoni has appeal that cuts across geography, gender and... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Anil Kumble appointed India Cricket Team head coach for one year

    June 24, 2016
    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former spinner Anil Kumble (45) as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team on 23 June 2016. He will have tenure of one year. The decision of his selection was taken in the BCCI working committee meeting in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Earlier the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had proposed his name after interviewing 57 candidates. As a head coach of Indian Cricket Team,... Read More
    Category: Sports



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