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  • Government nod to Rs cr road projects in states

    June 30, 2016
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved four-laning of three national highways in Punjab, Odisha and Maharashtra, at an investment of nearly Rs 6,000 crore, mainly to ease traffic on busy routes. CCEA approved development of four-laning of Phagwara-Rupnagar section of the national highway in Punjab. The cost is estimated to be Rs 1,444.42 crore. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 80.820 km. Four-laning of Angul-Sambalpur section of the national... Read More

    India test fires new surface to air missile co developed with Israel

    June 30, 2016
    The medium range surface-to-air missile missile (MR-SAM) developed jointly by India and Israel was successfully test-fired. During the test, the missile was launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.
    After getting signal from the radars, the missile successfully intercepted a moving aerial target supported by unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’. The MR-SAM has been developed jointly by Defence Research and Development Laboratory... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Union Defence Minister launched the India s first integrated defence communication network

    June 30, 2016
    India's first integrated defence communication network was launched on 30 June 2016, enabling the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. The Defence Communication Network (DCN), a strategic, highly secure and scalable system, has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who inaugurated the network at South Block, emphasised on the need to keep... Read More
    Category: Defence

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    Amul signs up as official sponsor of Indian team to the Olympics

    June 30, 2016
    India’s leading food products company Amul has signed up as the official sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016. The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and other dairy products to promote this association. In addition, the company’s products will also sport special branding to promote this association. Amul will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association in the coming... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Union Government enhances Financial Powers of Ministries Departments

    June 30, 2016
    The Union Government has revised the financial limits of departments and ministries for appraisal and approval of Non-Plan Schemes or Projects by competent authorities on 28 June 2016. With this, appraisal and approval process in the Central Government Ministries and Departments will be expedited. Highlights  : As per the revised delegation, the Committee on Non-Plan Expenditure (CNE) will now appraise proposals involving expenditure of 300 crore rupees and above. The earlier limit for... Read More

    RBI to study Blockchain technology to curtail paper currency

    June 30, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) H R Khan has  announced that it will soon set up a committee to study the use of Blockchain technology on 24 June 2016. The technology will be used to reduce the use of paper currency. Blockchain technology : The Blockchain database consists of blocks that hold time-stamped batches of valid transactions. Then, digital records are put together into blocks and then leaped together cryptographically and chronologically into a chain using complex mathematical... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Researcher develops non invasive method to kill cancer cells in two hours

    June 30, 2016
    Matthew Gdovin, an associate professor in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Biology, developed a newly patented method to kill cancer cells. Gdovin’s research was published on 27 June 2016 in The Journal of Clinical Oncology. The discovery may help people with inoperable or hard-to-reach tumours. Discovered the  method :  The research involved injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the... Read More

    India Post opens My Stamp scheme for individuals and corporate

    June 30, 2016
    India Post has opened up the ongoing scheme of customized printing of ‘My Stamp’ for individuals and corporate also in June 2016 . Under the scheme an individual or a corporate entity can get their photo or logo printed inside the postage stamp at a price of 12 lakh rupees. As per reports, this time there will be 5000 sheets comprising 60000 postage stamps. These stamps can be used for general postal mail. The plan to go ahead with the scheme of ‘My Stamp’ was reached... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as President of Philippines

    June 30, 2016
    Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the 16th President of Philippines. He will have tenure of six years. He was administered oath to the office by the Supreme Court justice at the Malacanang presidential palace. Rodrigo Duterte  : Born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Leyte into a political family with a modest background. By profession he is lawyer but later had entered into the politics. In his political career, for the first time he became vice-mayor of Davao in 1986 and mayor in 1988. He is... Read More
    Category: Persons

    FSSAI signs pact with ASCI to check misleading advertisements

    June 30, 2016
    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) signed MoU with each other to put check on the issues of misleading as well as uncorroborated advertisements in the food and beverage sector. Under this MoU, FSSAI asked ASCI to make it compulsory to keep check upon the process of complaints against misleading ads by food companies. Active monitoring will be done by ASCI of various advertisements from across all the media... Read More

    Government launches web portal to keep a check on environmental approvals for mining of minerals

    June 30, 2016
    A new web portal has been launched for online submission and monitoring of environmental approvals for mining of sand and minor minerals. Launching the web portal at a workshop on mining of sand and minor minerals.
    According to the Prakash Javadekar Minister of State (I/C) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the web portal will lead to the empowerment of the project proponent, as it not only enhances transparency of the entire application process, but also enables the proponents to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Four Indian Americans honoured with Great Immigrants Award in US

    June 30, 2016
    Four Indian-Americans have been honoured with prestigious Great Immigrants : The Pride of America Award 2016. They are among 42 distinguished US personalities representing more than 30 countries of origin around the world  honoured with this year’s award.
    All of these personalities represent a wide range of personal immigration stories, and inspiring professional accomplishments. Four Indian-Americans are  Sunder Pichai : He is CEO of internet search engine giant... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Renowned modern artist K G Subramanyan passes away

    June 30, 2016
    Renowned sculptor and painter KG Subramanyan passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat following a brief illness. He was 92. He was multifaceted artist credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian modern art and was also a freedom fighter. K G Subramanyan  : K G Subramanyan Born in 1924 in Kerala. He was a socialist and Gandhian throughout his life. In his career as an artist spanning over six decades he had been a painter, sculptor, muralist and print maker besides an author of... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    China launches second Shijian series satellite

    June 30, 2016
    China has successfully launched its second Shijian-16 series satellite for space research and experiments. The first Shijian-16 satellite was launched in October 2013. The satellite was launched on board of Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu Province. It was the 231st by a Long March rocket. The second Shijian-16 satellite will be used for space environment measurements and technology testing. It will mainly probe the space... Read More

    Climate change impact on animals in Himalayas to be recorded by ZSI

    June 30, 2016
    Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has started five long-term monitoring plots in the Himalayas to document the impact of climate change on animal world on 29 June 2016. The project is funded by the Union Ministry for environment, forest and climate change. Under the project, ZSI will monitor indicators in species like fish, butterflies, bees and other insects to find how their distribution has been affected by climate change. Project : The collected data on the distribution of species will be... Read More

    Suzuki Motors appoints Toshihiro Suzuki as CEO

    June 30, 2016
    Suzuki Motor Corp has announced the appointment of Toshihiro Suzuki as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 29 June 2016. The appointment came after Osamu Suzuki announced that he will decline the CEO position to take responsibility for the automaker's use of incorrect testing methods when calculating vehicle mileage. Toshihiro Suzuki : Toshihiro Suzuki is the son of Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki. Toshihiro served as a Senior Managing Executive Officer and Senior Managing... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania in the field of water resources

    June 30, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management and development. Under this MoU, the areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, groundwater and surface management and development and aquifer recharge. Provisions in the MoU Collaboration and sharing of expertise in the field of water resources will benefit both counties in techniques in water conservation... Read More
    Category: International

    Anti submarine torpedo Varunastra inducted in Indian Navy

    June 30, 2016
    Indigenously-built heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra has been successfully inducted in the Indian Navy. With this India becomes one of the eight countries in the world to have the capability to design and build such anti-submarine torpedo system. The Varunastra torpedo has been developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a premier laboratory of DRDO. It weighs around 1.25 tonnes and carries about 250 kg of explosives at a speed of around 40 nautical miles an... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Union Cabinet considers Model Shops and Establishments Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service Bill

    June 30, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has considered the Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill on 29 June 2016 , 2016. The Bill will now be sent to States/Union Territories (UTs) to enable them to modify their individual Acts, if they so desire. The States/UTs were given choice to adopt the Bill as it is or after modifying its provisions as per their requirements. Provisions of the Bill   :  It will cover only establishments employing 10 or more workers... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    UNICEF released the State of the World s Children Report

    June 30, 2016
    The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has released the State of the World’s Children 2016 report on 28 June 2016. The data in the report show that, unless the pace of progress to reach them is accelerated, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children will be jeopardized. Highlights of the State of the World's Children 2016 report : The report mentions that unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, by... Read More
    Category: International

    June National Statistics Day

    June 30, 2016
    The National Statistics Day is being observed every year on 29 June to create public awareness among people about the importance of statistics in daily life and in the process of planning and development. 2016 is the tenth edition of National Statistics Day. Significance of the Day : It is celebrated annually on the occasion of Birth anniversary of India’s eminent statistician Late Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. It also commemorates the contributions made by PC Mahalanobis in the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Cabinet approved MoU between UPSC and Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan

    June 30, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Bhutan. The MoU will strengthen the existing relationship between RCSC and UPSC. It will facilitate sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties in the area of recruitment. The draft MoU between UPSC and RCSC, Bhutan will be signed to develop institutionalized linkage between the Public Service Commission of both... Read More
    Category: International



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