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  • Railway minister flags off Danapur Saharsa Janhit Express

    1241 days ago
    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has  flagged off a new train service between Danapur and Saharsa in Bihar hrough video-conferencing here and said his ministry aims at connecting every region of the country with the rail network.
    Besides flagging off the Danapur-Saharsa Janhit Express, Prabhu also announced the extension of three train services in Bihar and Jharkhand.
    While the daily service of Jaynagar-Saharsa Janki Express was extended up to Katihar, Patna-Murliganj Koshi Express... Read More

    BHEL commissions two hydel units in Afghanistan

    1241 days ago
    State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL)  has commissioned two units of 14 Megawatts each at Salma Hydro Electric Project in Afghanistan. The Salma dam, or the Afghan-India Friendship dam, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, BHEL In the execution of the Salma hydro project, BHEL faced numerous challenges in the movement of men and material through difficult terrain.BHEL successfully overcame all the challenges/obstacles, and... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar awarded Honorary Fellowship in UK

    1241 days ago
    Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship by an Indian students body in the United Kingdom (UK) for his contributions to world peace and culture. National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) have awarded Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with an Honorary Fellowship. With NISAU striving for the betterment of the society and working towards development and change, the organisation is proud to honour Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his immense contribution to... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

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    Coca Cola to set up plant in Uttarakhand s Sitarganj

    1241 days ago
    Coca Cola will set up a bottling plant in Sitarganj in 70 acres of land to be provided by the Uttarakhand government. Earlier it had to cancel its plan to establish a unit at Chharba village in the state on environmental grounds. The company recently has asked the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (SIDCUL) to clear its stand on water, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and other issues in the 1,700-acre Sitarganj industrial estate.  Coca Cola was in the... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    India s Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain won Queen s Young Leaders Award

    1241 days ago
    Two Indians, Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain, have won the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders award in the United Kingdom which will be presented by the British monarch in Buckingham Palace in June 2016. Sawhney and Swain have won the prestigious award for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities. Kartik Sawhney : Kartik Sawhney was born blind.He discovered that blind students were unable to pursue science after Grade 10.... Read More

    Expanded Panama Canal reopens after years of work

    1241 days ago
    Newly renovated and expanded Panama Canal reopened for bigger business on 26 June 2016. The first ship to cross the canal using the third set of locks was a modern New Panamax vessel, the Chinese-owned container ship Cosco Shipping Panama. The 5.25 billion US dollar project was unveiled nearly two years late after construction delays, labour strife and apparent cost overruns.The project is expected to create demand for ports to handle New Panamax ships. Panama Canal expansion project : The... Read More
    Category: International

    Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup

    1241 days ago
    Shooter Jitu Rai won silver in the 10 m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is the second medal in a World Cup this season for Rai, who had won the free pistol gold in the first World Cup in Bangkok. Brazilian shooter Felipe Almeida Wu won the gold medal, while Korea’sJin Jongoh bagged the bronze medal. Jitu Rai : Jitu Rai is an Indian shooter of Nepalese origin.He competes in the 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol events.In 2014, he won the silver... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Lionel Messi announces retirement from international football

    1241 days ago
    Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America. The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out  Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina. They were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final of the World Cup in 2014 and lost on penalties, also to Chile, in... Read More
    Category: Sports

    International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed

    1241 days ago
    International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was observed on 26 June 2016. The day is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture. It also seeks to honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world. Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings. Torture : Torture... Read More
    Category: International

    Anju Bobby George Pullela Gopichand taken as members of Khelo India

    1241 days ago
    Anju Bobby George and Pullela Gopichand were named as the members of Khelo India on 26 June 2016. Khelo India is a national programme launched by the Union Government for the development of sports in the country. George, India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner and Gopichand, the chief national badminton coach are the two sportsperson who were included in the seven-member committee of Khelo India. The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav. Pullela... Read More

    India became th full member of Missile Technology Control Regime

    1241 days ago
    India became the 35th full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on 27 June 2016. This entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global non-proliferation norms. The instrument of accession to MTCR for India was signed in New Delhi by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. The entry also marks India's first entry into any multilateral export control regime. The MTCR Point of Contact in Paris conveyed the decision regarding India's accession to the regime through the... Read More
    Category: International

    Andhra Pradesh becomes th state to join Uday scheme

    1241 days ago
    The government of Andhra Pradesh has joined the Uday scheme, meant for revival of debt-laden discoms, and an overall net benefit of about Rs 4,400 crore will accrue to the state.
    Andhra Pradesh has signed an MoU as the thirteenth state to be covered under Uday," Power Ministry said in a statement, adding that "an overall net benefit of approximately Rs 4,400 crore would accrue to the state by opting to participate in Uday. the Centre, the state and the discoms of Andhra Pradesh... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    AIIB approves first loans for projects in four countries

    1241 days ago
    The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved first set of loans totalling US 509 million dollars to finance projects in four countries viz. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Tajikistan.  These loans for the four projects were approved in Board of Directors meeting of AIIB held at its headquarters in Beijing, China. Bangladesh : US 165 million dollars loan for a Power Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project.  Indonesia : US 216.5 million dollars... Read More
    Category: International

    Union Rural Development Ministry ISRO ink MoU for geo tagging MGNREGA assets

    1241 days ago
    The Union Rural Development Ministry and ISRO, Department of Space have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGA in each gram panchayat. Annually around 30 lakh assets are created under the rural job schemes across the country.
    The MoU was signed after the Ministry had decided that the geo-tagging of such assets will be done on a mission mode to monitor rural development. The asset created under MGNREGA and other schemes will be... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Chile beat Argentina to win Copa America Football tournament

    1241 days ago
    This was second Copa America title for Chile in two years. In the 2015 Final, Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 scoreless draw at the end of regulation. This was second America title for Chile, it won the first title in 2015 after defeating Argentina 4-1 in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 scoreless draw at the end of regulation. With this, Chile also became the first team to win the Copa America in back to back years since Argentina in 1946 and 1947. Being... Read More

    International Indian Film Academy IIFA Awards presented

    1241 days ago
    The 17th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2016 were presented on 25 June 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The awards were presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015. Best Film : Bajrangi Bhaijaan Best Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani Best Actor in a Leading Role : Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani Best Actress in a Leading Role : Deepika Padukone for Piku Best Actor in a Supporting Role : Anil Kapoor for Dil Dhadakne... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed with theme Listen First

    1241 days ago
    International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed on 26 June 2016. The day was observed with theme Listen First. 2016 theme Listen First is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. On this day, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also released the World Drug Report 2016. United Nations... Read More
    Category: International

    Noted Malayalam theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker passes away

    1241 days ago
    Veteran Malayalam theatre artist and poet Kavalam Narayana Panicker passed away on 26 June 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 88. Kavalam Narayana Panicker :  Born on 28 April 1928, Panicker attended CMS College in Kottayam.He obtained a degree in Economics from S D College, Alappuzha and later a Bachelor of Law degree from Madras Law College. He started his career as a lawyer in 1955. In 1961, he was nominated as Secretary of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.He has written over 26... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    N Srinivasan re elected as TNCA president for th term

    1241 days ago
    Former BCCI President and former International Cricket Council Chairman N Srinivasan was elected president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for the 15th consecutive term. N Srinivasan and KS Viswanathan has been elected president and secretary of the TNCA for the 15th and 10th time, respectively,” the association announced.
    The state association recently announced the Tamil Nadu Premier League as a way to raise funds. Matches will be conducted from the fourth week of... Read More
    Category: Persons

    First flight of BrahMos missile from SU MKI aircraft successfully conducted

    1241 days ago
    BrahMos Aerospace for the first time successfully demonstrated integration of the world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on the Sukhoi SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
    In this regard, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Nasik division conducted a test flight of a 2,500 kg supersonic BrahMos missile integrated with SU-30 MKI aircraft at its Nasik airport. With the successful integration of BrahMos missile system with Su-30 MKI aircraft Indian Air Force... Read More
    Category: Defence

    PM Narendra Modi launches Smart city Mission Projects in Pune

    1241 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Smart City Mission’ involving 83 projects from 20 different cities in the country. The ambitious mission of Union Government was launched at function held at Pune’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex one year after it was announced.
    Speaking at the launching function PM Narendra Modi asked people not to think urbanization as a problem but an opportunity. He also stated that cities can fight poverty and it is necessary to strengthen... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US

    1241 days ago
    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given its approval to for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US.
    The procurement of ULH will be through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US and it will cost around 750 million dollars. As part of this deal, 25 ULH guns will come to India directly from US in a fly away condition. Rest will be assembled in India at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai bags UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative

    1241 days ago
    Zubaida Bai, an Indian social entrepreneur, has been named among the ten ‘2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers’, an initiative launched by UN. The list of ten SDG Pioneers was announced by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the 2016 UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York, United States.
    Zubaida is the founder of ‘ayzh’, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions and technology solutions to impoverished women worldwide. Global... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours



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