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  • Jayant Kapre quits as President of United Biscuits

    June 8, 2016
    United Biscuits president Jayant Kapre has quit after leading the maker of McVities biscuits to a Rs 150 crore-plus company in six years . Kapre is joining American flavours maker International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a business-to-business supplier of flavours to makers of soft drinks, biscuits, confectionery and alcoholic beverages. He is taking over as managing director of the firm.
    United Biscuits is yet to name a successor to Kapre who was the first employee of the British... Read More

    NATO launched Anaconda exercise in Poland

    June 8, 2016
    Poland and its NATO partners have kicked off their largest-ever joint military exercises aimed at shoring up security on the alliance's eastern flank amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War.The two-week long Anaconda manoeuvres are aimed at "checking the alliance's ability to defend its eastern flank. More than 31,000 soldiers from 24 NATO and former-Soviet "Partnership for Peace" states including Ukraine are taking part in the... Read More
    Category: Defence

    US returns artifacts worth million to India

    June 8, 2016
    The US has returned to India over 200 stolen cultural artifacts , some dating back 2,000 years, estimated at $100 million, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing the cultural heritage as a great binding force in bilateral relationships.
    Usually relationship between the countries of the world are very often covered by the present. It is present that plays a big role, but sometimes heritage becomes important in the relations of two countries. Sometimes what cannot be done by living... Read More
    Category: International

    President to get the highest award of Ivory Coast

    June 8, 2016
    President Pranab Mukherjee will be presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest award of the West African country where he will be on a two day visit starting June 14.
    It will be the first ever high level visit from India to Ivory Coast. Mukherjee has been invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.
    Mukherjee will have one-to-one with Ouattara followed by delegation level talks. The President would also be handed the key to the city of Abidjan, the... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    EC wants law amended to empower it to postpone cancel polls

    June 8, 2016
    The Election Commission (EC) has urged the Union Government to amend the electoral law Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1951 to empower it to either postpone or countermand elections if evidence emerges of use of money to influence voters. In this regard, EC has asked Union Government to insert a new clause ‘58 B’ in the RPA, 1951 to allow adjournment or countermanding (declaring invalid) of election on the grounds of use of money power (bribery) in the affected polling... Read More

    Union Government to form new reserve battalion named after Maharana Pratap

    June 8, 2016
    Union Home Ministry has decided to form new reserve battalion will be raised and it will be named after Maharana Pratap. It will be called Maharana India Reserve Battalion.  It was announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap in Gogunda in Udaipur district. He also unveiled statue of Maharana Pratap in the ceremony. Maharana Pratap  : He was born in 1540 at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan. He was the eldest son of Maharani... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Forbes released World s Most Powerful Women list

    June 8, 2016
    Forbes has  released the list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016 showing women on 6 June 2016 who impacted businesses, media, philanthropy, politics and more. Four metrics: money (net worth, company revenues or GDP), media presence, spheres of influence, and impact, were analysed to prepare the list. Highlights of the List : The world’s most powerful woman in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who fetched the first spot for the sixth consecutive year.The top... Read More
    Category: International

    Mirza Imtiaz Judicial Commission constituted to probe Mathura violence

    June 8, 2016
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has  appointed a judicial commission to probe into the recent Mathura violence hours on 7 June 2016. The Judicial commission will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza. It has been asked to submit its report in two months. The commission was formed after the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking a CBI probe into the incident. Course of Action for the Judicial Commission : The commission has... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Tintu Luka won silver at Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague

    June 8, 2016
    Tintu Luka, the Rio Olympics-bound Indian track and field athlete, on 7 June 2016 won a silver medal in 800 meters in the Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague, Czech Republic.To win the medal, she covered the distance with her season's best timing of 2:00.61 (2 minutes point Six One seconds). The reigning Asian champion was second behind 2013 World Youth Championship gold winner Anita Hinriksdottir of Iceland who ran the distance in 2:00.54 (2 minutes point five four... Read More
    Category: Sports

    International Monetary Fund approved billion US dollar loan to Sri Lanka

    June 8, 2016
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 7 June 2016 approved 1.5 billion US dollar loan to Sri Lanka. IMF has already transferred 168 million US dollars as the first Instalment with immediate effect to support the country’s economy. The Executive Board of the IMF accepted this 36-month extended arrangement under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Sri Lanka under special drawing rights. Highlights : An early disbursement of about 168.1 million US dollars will be made immediately. The... Read More

    Shri Nitin Gadkari launches the TCI IIM report on the Operational Efficiency of Freight Transportation by Road in India

    June 8, 2016
    The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the TCI IIM Calcutta joint study report on the operational efficiency of freight transportation by road in India in New Delhi.The report is based on a study commissioned by the Transport Corporation of India (TCI), of 28 routes in the country over the period 2014-15. According to the report, the average journey time and vehicle speed have improved across all the major routes,more needs to be done to reduce... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    NPCIL Westinghouse agree to begin engineering work on N reactors

    June 8, 2016
    The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and the US firm Westinghouse have agreed to begin engineering work for six nuclear power plant reactors in India. The engineering and site design work will begin immediately and the two sides will work toward finalizing the contractual arrangements by June 2017.
    The decision has been taken in this regards during the visit of PM Modi to the United States. As per the joint statement released by Mr. Modi and Mr. Obama, Once the project will... Read More
    Category: International

    Indian origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Regius Professorship by Queen

    June 8, 2016
    Eminent Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya has been awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution in manufacturing.
    Through his career, he has advised the UK government on manufacturing, innovation, and technology. He is an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus. Bhattacharyya has founded Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick in 1980 to invigorate UK manufacturing.
    Warwick Manufacturing... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Walmart Retains top position in Fortune list

    June 8, 2016
    American multinational retail corporation, Walmart is topped the Fortune 500 list for the 4th consecutive year.Rounding out the top 10 in the 62nd annual rankings, based on total revenues for their fiscal years: ExxonMobil, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, McKesson, UnitedHealth Group, CVS Health,General Motors, Ford Motor and AT&T. Apple, which was the most profitable company on the list, with $53 billion in profits, was among companies making big moves this year, jumping to No. 3 from No. 5... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Amber Gurung composer of Nepali National Anthem passes away

    June 8, 2016
    Amber Gurung, the legendary Nepali musician and composer of the country's national anthem, died on 7 June 2016. He was 78. He was suffering from diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He was cremated in Kathmandu with full state honours, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bhim Rawal. A contingent of the Nepal Army offered a final salute. Amber Gurung : Born and raised in Darjeeling, Gurung, composed more than 1000 songs including many era-defining numbers... Read More

    Shahid Rasool takes charge as Director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia

    June 8, 2016
    Shahid Rasool, a communication technology specialist, on 7 June 2016 took charge as the Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Rasool will guide CEMCA in its mission to ensure effective utilisation of educational media resources for distance education.He was earlier the Director of the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, University of Kashmir. He earned his MS Degree in Communication Technology from Syracuse University and has a doctorate in mass... Read More
    Category: Persons

    No detention for Illegal Migrants under Return Directive EU Court

    June 8, 2016
    European Court of Justice has ruled that non-EU (European Union) migrants who illegally entered an EU member state should not face detention on 7 June 2016. In its direction it said, under the Europe's 2008 Return Directive, the migrants staying illegally should be returned back to the country from which they came from. It said that the ruling applies to migrants crossing borders within the Schengen passport-free zone and on leaving the zone. The ruling came into effect in the case of a... Read More
    Category: International

    Union Government launched Surya Mitra Mobile App

    June 8, 2016
    Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched Surya Mitra mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power in New Delhi on 7 June 2016. The App will be very useful in the field of Renewable energy to serve customers at their doorsteps with quality installation, repair, and Observations and Measurements (O&M) services. Surya Mitra Mobile App : The Mobile App was developed by National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) which is an autonomous institution of Ministry of New & Renewable... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India to host Junior Men s hockey World Cup

    June 8, 2016
    The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 will be played in the Indian city of Lucknow  on 7 June 2016 , Uttar Pradesh.The men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 will be played between 8 December and 18 December 2016. The event will feature 16 of the world’s best junior men’s teams. The qualified teams are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands,... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Switzerland back India s bid for NSG membership

    June 8, 2016
    India has managed to win crucial support from Switzerland for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership. In this regard, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann has announced his country’s support for India’s membership to the elite NSG. India was able to gain support of Switzerland after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held comprehensive talks with Swiss counterparts during his official state visit. This major diplomatic push for India’s NSG membership comes at the time when the... Read More
    Category: International

    World Oceans Day observed across the world

    June 8, 2016
    The World Oceans Day was observed globally on 8 June 2016 with the theme Healthy oceans, healthy planet. The main focus of this year's theme is on curbing the plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for a very long time. In addition, plastic pollution impacts the health of aquatic animals because animals including zooplankton mistake the microbeads for food. Scientists also fear health impacts for humans. The United... Read More
    Category: International

    Chess Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi dies

    June 8, 2016
    Viktor Korchnoi, regarded as one the greatest chess players, passed away on 6 June 2016 in Wohlen, Switzerland.  He was 85. Korchnoi played in three matches that produced the World Champion, but in each case lost to Anatoly Karpov. It made Korchnoi the strongest player never to have won the title. Viktor Korchnoi : Viktor Korchnoi was a professional chess grandmaster and author. He was born in Leningrad, and learned chess from his father at the age of six. He is considered one of the... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Scientists identified a process to remove DNA molecules from X Files

    June 8, 2016
    Scientists of the University of Sheffield identified the process of removal of DNA molecules from the iconic double-helical structure. Scientists were trying to unlock the mystery for over 20 years. The research was published on 6 June 2016 in a Journal, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. The new research has unlocked a crucial part of the mystery as to how the human DNA can replicate and repair itself. It is essential for all life forms. Jon Sayers, the Professor of Functional... Read More



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