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  • Prime Minister releases book titled The Birds of Banni Grassland

    June 28, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland” in New Delhi. The book was presented to the Prime Minister by the scientists of Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE). The Birds of Banni Grassland is book based on environment and consists of a compilation of the research work, relating to more than 250 species of birds found in the Banni area of Kutch, Gujarat. Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE)  : The GUIDE is located at Bhuj.... Read More

    India ranked th out of countries on global human capital index

    June 28, 2016
    India was ranked low at 105th position globally on a worldwide Human Capital Index, which measures countries' ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth and was topped by Finland. India ranks much below China's 71st position while Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are also placed higher on the index released today by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) in this Chinese city at its Annual Meeting of New Champions  also known as 'Summer Davos' summit... Read More
    Category: International

    India s Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup

    June 28, 2016
    Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal for India in men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup.
    Rajput shot 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
    Croatia's Petar Gorsa won the gold medal with 457.5, while Hyeonjun Kim of Korea bagged the bronze after he shot 445.5.
    Rajput finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 1167 in kneeling, prone and standing position, while Olympic bronze... Read More
    Category: Sports

    IMF clears payment of USD million to Pakistan

    June 28, 2016
    The IMF has cleared immediate disbursement of USD 501 million to Pakistan, taking the total amount given to the cash-strapped country to USD 6.1 billion in since 2013.
    In a statement, issued after the conclusion of 11th review of Pakistan's economic performance under a three-year programme supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, the International Monetary Fund said the decision enables the immediate disbursement of about USD 501 million to Pakistan.
    On September... Read More
    Category: International

    Argentina women win record seventh Champions Trophy title

    June 28, 2016
    The Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh International Hockey Federation (FIH) Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over reigning  World and Olympic champions, the Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.  The Netherlands hit back with a high-quality penalty corner flick from Eva de Goede just after half time, but Argentina held on to win their third  successive Champions Trophy title. With this win final standings are - 1:... Read More

    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan A scheme to boost healthcare facilities for pregnant women

    June 28, 2016
    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), an initiative of the Narendra Modi Government, was launched in June 2016. The scheme aims at boosting the health care facilities for the pregnant women, especially the poor. It also seeks to protect pregnant ladies from infectious diseases. Under the scheme, the pregnant ladies will be given free health check-up and required treatment for free on 9th of every month. The scheme will be applicable for pregnant women to avail in every government... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Xerxes Sapur Desai founder of Titan dies

    June 28, 2016
    Xerxes Sapur Desai, the man who founded Titan Co Ltd, died on 27 June 2016 following a prolonged illness in Bengaluru. He was 79. Desai played a key role in introducing India to its first quartz watch in the late 80s when he set up Titan Co. Ltd (part of Tata Sons), after enduring years of resistance from state-owned HMT Watches. Xerxes Sapur Desai : Desai joined Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1961 after graduating from Oxford University.  He worked with Tata Press, Tata Chemicals... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Excessive blue light emitted by LED can adversely impact human health AMA

    June 28, 2016
    A report released by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health on 14 June 2016 claims that excessive blue light emitted by light emitting diodes (LED) can adversely impact human health. AMA report looked at the LED street lighting on US roadways. It also adopted guidance for communities on selecting among LED lighting options to minimize potential harmful human and environmental effects. Effects of LED light : A large amount of blue light emitted by the... Read More

    RBI executive Director NS Vishwanathan appoints the Deputy Governor of RBI

    June 28, 2016
    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has cleared the appointment of NS Vishwanathan as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Vishwanathan is currently an executive director at the RBI, overseeing the banking regulation and non-banking department. He would succeed Khan, who will retire on July 3, ANI tweeted. The key departments under Khan are financial markets, external investments and operations, payment and settlements, information technology, foreign exchange... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Sweden inaugurates world s first electric road

    June 28, 2016
    Sweden has  inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road on 22 June 2016. With this, the country has become one of the first countries in the world to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads. The test was conducted on parts of road E16. It involved a current collector on the roof of the truck cab feeding the current down to a hybrid electric motor in the truck. Highlights : The tests will continue up through 2018.They will provide knowledge of how... Read More

    Gudni Johannesson wins Iceland s presidential election

    June 28, 2016
    Gudni Johannesson won Iceland’s presidential election on 26 June 2016. The history professor who ran as an independent in the election was able to secure 39.1% of the vote. He will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served 20 years as head of state. The elections were held in the backdrop of the Panama Papers leak in April, which implicated several top officials of the country. Johannesson, a history professor, who is a newcomer in the politics decided to run for the presidency after... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India maintains third position in ICC ODI team rankings

    June 28, 2016
    India maintained its number three position in the recently released MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings which is being headed by world champions Australia.
    South Africa’s three loses and one no-result has meant it has dropped two points to join India on 110 points, but behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point. MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings List :  Rank     Team            ... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Odisha Government launches Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana

    June 28, 2016
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana (KSSY) with an aim to provide education loan at 1 percent interest to students for pursuing higher studies . The State government dedicated this scheme to former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on his Birth Centenary. Patnaik had instituted Kalinga UNESCO award for the popularisation of science when he was only 35 years old. Highlights of the Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana : Poor students aspiring to pursue... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    UP government declares all natural calamities will be treated as state disaster

    June 28, 2016
    Uttar Pradesh government has declared that all natural calamities including unseasonal heavy rain, lightning, Loo and storm and others will be treated as state disaster in June 2016. As per the decision all victims of these disasters will be given relief as per provisions made under State Disaster Relief Fund by the Union government. A large number of people suffer due to these natural causes every year and the new system introduced will greatly benefit the victims and their kin. He also... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Scientists succeed in introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil

    June 28, 2016
    A group of scientists from Temperate Sericulture Research Institute of SKUAST, Srinagar, succeeded in introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil. Development of Sericulture activities in Kargil will serve purpose of achieving cocoon productivity. It will ultimately increase employment and generate income for rural youth and tribal farmers. During 2015-16, 31 unemployed girls/women farmers received training at Poyen village and produced quality Bivoltine cocoons for the first time... Read More

    CSIR launches India s first anti diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR

    June 28, 2016
    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched BGR-34, an anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug designed for type 2 Diabetes mellitus.
    The anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR-34 has been jointly developedby National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP). BGR-34 :  BGR-34 works by controlling blood sugar and limiting the harmful effects and toxicity of other drugs. It contains 34 identified active... Read More

    Tata Trusts Chicago university tie up to work on Indian development challenges

    June 28, 2016
    Tata Trusts and the University ofChicago will collaborate in ideation and solution-seeking to complex developmental challenges in crucial areas like sanitation, energy and the environment. The health vertical will examine healthcare access through insurance with projects in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The water and sanitation vertical will begin a major project on decentralised irrigation with water tanks in Telangana.
    The energy and environment vertical will examine projects to improve... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Sujoy Bose appointed as first CEO of NIIF

    June 28, 2016
    The Union Government has appointed Sujoy Bose as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). His selection for the CEO of NIIF was recommended by a search-cum-selection committee under the chairmanship of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Sujoy Bose :  Prior to this appointment, he was the Director and Global Co-Head of Infrastructure and Natural Resources at International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending... Read More
    Category: Persons



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