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  • Two women appointed as Shariah High Court judges in Malaysia

    June 29, 2016
    Two women have been appointed as judges of Malaysia’s Islamic Shariah High Court for the first time in the history of the judiciary of the Muslim-majority country. Noor Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, received their official letters of appointment from Selangors Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah during a ceremony at the Istana Bukit Kayangan. Malaysia had ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the appointments... Read More

    Three Indian Navy ships reach Russia to enhance Maritime Cooperation

    June 29, 2016
    Three Indian naval ships has  reached Russia as part of efforts to enhance maritime cooperation between the navies of both countries.
    INS Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral S V Bhokare, reached Vladivostok on a four day visit as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea. During the visit, the ships will have professional interactions with the Russian Navy aimed at enhancing co-operation between... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Assam s famous Kamakhya Temple receives an aid Rs crore for Infrastructure

    June 29, 2016
    For the development of Kamakhya temple’s infrastructure, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan  announced an aid of Rs 25 crore over the next couple of years. Pradhan, who was in Guwahati to attend a series of meetings and road show made the announcement at the end of the historic Ambubachi Mela. Ambubachi is the celebration of goddess Kamakhya’s annual menstruation cycle, considered as a symbol of fertility by the Hindus. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum is closed... Read More
    Category: Places

    Rajnath Singh inaugurates Headquarters of Jharkhand s special anti Maoist force

    June 29, 2016
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the newly constructed headquarters of Jharkhand's special anti-Maoist force 'Jharkhand Jaguar' in Jharkhand's capital city Ranchi. The headquarters will pave the way for the further strengthening of the force.
    Singh also inaugurated the administration block and other buildings at Jharkhand Jaguar campus. Jharkhand Jaguar is an anti-Maoist squad formed eight years ago in 2008 and has led many successful operations against... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Anand honoured with Honoris Causa Doctor of Science degree by IIT Kanpur

    June 29, 2016
    Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was conferred the "Honoris Causa" Doctor of Science by Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) during its 49th convocation ceremony. The 46-year-old Anand was bestowed with the degree by NITI aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya.  Viswanathan Anand : He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov... Read More

    Italian film actor Bud Spencer is dead

    June 29, 2016
    Italian film actor Bud Spencer  known among his fans as the‘big friendly giant’ of the screen because of his height and weight has died at age 86 on 27 June 2016 in Rome. He appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together.  He was a regular in Spaghetti Westerns (a western film made cheaply in Europe by an Italian director). Pedersoli's first film role was in Quel fantasma di mio marito,an Italian comedy shot in 1949 and released in 1950. In 1951 he played... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    EESL Teri partner to work on energy efficiency

    June 29, 2016
    State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly work on energy efficiency for two years. Both organisations have decided to enter into an agreement as 'strategic partners' to work jointly for the achievement of common goals and objectives related to energy efficiency in India and abroad, Power Ministry .The MoU was signed in the presence of Power Minister Piyush Goyal. The main focus of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India jumps places in World Bank s global logistics performance ranking

    June 29, 2016
    India has jumped 19 places in the latest World Bank ranking in the global logistics performance, reflecting the improvement in movement of goods inside the country thus facilitating better trade.
    The World Bank in its latest once-in-two-year Logistics Performance Index (LPI) said India is now ranked 35th as against the 54th spot it occupied in the previous 2014 report.
    Logistics organises the movement of goods through a network of activities and services operating at global, regional,... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    V Sasi elected Deputy Speaker of Kerala Assembly

    June 29, 2016
    CPI's V Sasi was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the 14th Kerala Assembly. While Sasi polled 90 votes, opposition UDF candidate I C Balakrishnan garnered 45 votes in the voting held in the assembly. Four members were absent, including BJP's lone member O Rajagopal, and one vote was declared invalid.Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan did not exercise his franchise. Sasi, the two-time MLA from Chirayankeezhu constituency in the Assembly, was earlier a member of the Travancore Devaswom... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Virat Kohli promotes a healthy lifestyle launches Stepathlon Kids

    June 29, 2016
    Indian Super League, Indian cricket Test captain Virat Kohli has now partnered with Stepathlon Lifestyle, a wellness-promoting entity, to launch Stepathlon Kids, a company dedicated to children's fitness programmes. This venture will also mark Stepathlon’s entry into the business to consumer space. The company will also receive operational support from Cornerstone Sports and Entertainment, a sports celebrity management company. The new firm, through an annual ‘30 Day... Read More

    CSIR CIMFR inked MoU for coal quality analysis with coal supplying companies

    June 29, 2016
    Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) on 28 June 2016 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal Supplying companies and Power Utilities for quality analysis of coal being supplied to power utilities by coal companies. The CSIR-CIMFR would make use of its knowledge base support in maintaining the quality of coal at national level for the entire power sector.  It is estimated that about 300 million... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started

    June 29, 2016
    Armed Forces and state government of Assam started exercise JALRAHAT at Narangi Cantt of Assam on 28 June 2016 . It is an initiative that is being carried on for flood relief in the state. The Exercise spread over three days terminates on 30 June 2016. Exercise Jalrahat, a joint initiative led by GAJRAJ Corps with full support from HQ Eastern Command, is based on Flood Relief in an urban setting. It is a clubbed name of the relief works that will be carried by all the three forces of India... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    World Bank approves million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project in India

    June 29, 2016
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved 201.50 million US dollars for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project III (TEQIP III) in India to improve the quality of engineering education in select Indian states on 24 June 2016. The objective of the project is to enhance quality and equity in participating engineering education institutes and improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states. The maturity period for the project if 25 years... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Union Cabinet approves recommendations of th Pay Commission

    June 29, 2016
    Union Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on 29 June 2016. The recommendations will come into force from 1 January 2016. The commission recommended 23.55 percent hike in pay and allowances of government employees. Approved Recommendations are :  The minimum pay for government employees is recommended to be set at 18000 rupees per month. The maximum pay is recommended to be 225000 rupees per month for Apex Scale and 250000 per month for Cabinet Secretary... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies

    June 29, 2016
    Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu died on 28 June 2016 following a prolonged illness at Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. He was 87. He was the co-founder and chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM). Isak Chishi Swu :  Swu, who belonged to the Sumi tribe, hailed from Nagaland’s Zunheboto district.
    In the 1950s, Swu joined the Naga National Council (NNC) and served in various capacities in the organisation.Opposed to the Shillong... Read More

    Ethiopia Bolivia Sweden Kazakhstan elected non permanent UNSC members

    June 29, 2016
    United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden and Kazakhstan as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 28 June 2016. The two-year terms at UNSC of the new members will begin from 1 January 2016 and run through 31 December 2018. The 193-member UN body conducted the elections for five non-permanent seats. A third round of voting is due to take place on 29 June 2016 for the final available seat with Italy competing against The... Read More
    Category: International

    World Bank approves million for Tejaswini Project in Jharkhand

    June 29, 2016
    The World Bank Board has approved the 63 million US dollar project on 21 June 2016, Tejaswini : Socioeconomic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Jharkhand. Tejaswini is the first World Bank project in India that is solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women.   The project will support adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 14 and 24 to complete their secondary level education. It will also help them to acquire relevant skills for the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    CAG Shashi Kant Sharma gets honorary professorship in China

    June 29, 2016
    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Shashi Kant Sharmahas been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU), China. China’s Nanjing Audit University is the only university which is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Shashi Kant Sharmahas  : Shashi Kant Sharmahas is a 1976 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Bihar cadre. He had succeeded Vinod Rai as the CAG, supreme federal auditor of the country... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Andhra Pradesh government inks deal for Rs crore gas based fertilizer project

    June 29, 2016
    The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a three-nation consortium of China Huanqin Contracting and Engineering Corporation, LEPL Ventures Private Limited and Isomeric Holdings to set up a gas-based fertilizer project at Krishnapatanam with an investment of Rs 10,183 crore.
    The MoU was signed during Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's ongoing visit to China, wherein he was participating in the World Economic Forum's 10th annual meeting of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Majuli in Assam becomes India s first island district

    June 29, 2016
    Majuli was in news  as the Government of Assam approved its up gradation as a district on 27 June 2016. With this approval, Majuli has become the first island district in the country. The approval was given by the State Cabinet in its first meeting after the formation of the government on 24 May 2016. At present, Majuli is a Mohkuma, a sub division of the Jorhat District and represented by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the Assembly. Related to Majuli island :  It is a... Read More
    Category: Places

    Nestle named Ukf Mark Schneider as CEO

    June 29, 2016
    Food and Beverage multinational Nestle SA on 27 June 2016 named Ulf Mark Schneider as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is the CEO of Fresenius, a Germany-based healthcare company. He will join Nestle on 1 September 2016 and start as CEO on 1 January 2017. He will succeed incumbent CEO Paul Bulcke, who will resign from the position on 31 December 2016. Bulcke has been named by Nestle board as its next chairman after incumbent Peter Brabeck-Letmathe retires in 2017. 50-year old... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours



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