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  • Former Kerala Assembly Speaker T S John passed away

    June 9, 2016
    Former Kerala Assembly Speaker T S John passed away on 9 June 2016. John (74) passed away due to old age related ailments. John, who was a leader of a faction of the Kerala Congress (Secular), had also served as a minister in the A K Antony cabinet. An active member of students movements while at SB College, Changanachery, he subsequently became a Member of Kaviyoor Panchayat.
    A lawyer by profession, John, one of the founder members of Kerala Congress, was elected to the assembly from... Read More

    P Rama Mohana Rao is new Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary

    June 9, 2016
    Tamil Nadu government has appointed P Rama Mohana Rao as State Chief Secretary on 8 June 2016.
    Incumbent Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan has been transferred as Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO). A 1985 batch officer, 58-year-old Rao was additional Chief Secretary/Secretary-I to the Chief Minister before he was named Chief Secretary. Rao would also hold full additional charge of Vigilance Commissioner and... Read More
    Category: Persons

    UN Chief Ban Ki Moon honoured with Russia s Order of Friendship

    June 9, 2016
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 8 June 2016. The officially published decree said that the decoration was awarded to Ban for special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples. Among those awarded are Prince Michael of Kent, Oscar Niemeyer, the architect of the Brazilian capital, and former President of the International Olympic... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Internet Saathi Google and Tata joint initiative launched in West Bengal

    June 9, 2016
    Internet search engine Google and Tata Trusts’ joint initiative Internet Saathi was launched on 8 June 2016 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The initiative aims at reducing the digital gender gap in rural areas of India such as Purulia, where girls have now been trained to use the Internet and teach others in turn.Internet Saathi had been successfully launched in five states. In July 2015, it began in four more states including West Bengal. Internet Saathi : Internet Saathi aims at empowering... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India US inked MoUs to bolster economic growth sustainable development

    June 9, 2016
    India and the United States (US) has  signed/finalized eight agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including exchange of Terrorist Screening Information, cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change among others on 8 June 2016. The agreements were inked after meet of Prime Minster Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in the White House. Modi was on a two day visit to the United States from 6 June to 8 June 2016. Arrangement for the... Read More

    ADB approves million loan for irrigation system in Tamil Nadu

    June 9, 2016
    Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million (around Rs 660 crore) loan to strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in Tamil Nadu. The Vennar irrigation network is no longer able to meet the needs of many of its poorest farmers particularly in coastal areas and the climate extremes that have been battering the country and are expected to worsen mean there is a pressing need to upgrade... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Government to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme

    June 9, 2016
    The Union Government has decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga on 8 June 2016. At present, the AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017. Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik announced the plan in New Delhi while inaugurating the National Health Editors' Conference. National Health Editors' Conference : The theme of the conference was Yoga for Holistic Health... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Kalyanakrishnan new Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex

    June 9, 2016
    Scientist G Kalyanakrishnan has taken charge as Chief Executive for the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) on 8 June 2016.He took over the charge in place of Dr N Saibaba, who had retired on completion of two years of extended period of service.
    Kalyanakrishnan will also be the Chairman of the NFC Board.  Prior to this assignment, Kalyanakrishnan was holding the position of Deputy Chief Executive, NFC. Kalyanakrishnan has a vast experience in erection and commissioning and operation of heavy... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Naresh Goyal re elected to IATA Board of Governors

    June 9, 2016
    Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal has been re-elected to IATA's Board of Governors. This would be the fifth successive tenure for Goyal at the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Board of Governors, the airline said in a release.
    Goyal is the only representative from India on this board.As a member of the board of governors, Goyal will participate in providing policy directives and guidance to IATA industry committees and to their subsidiary bodies.
    Goyal will... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Veteran Journalist KK Katyal passes away

    June 9, 2016
    Veteran journalist KK Katyal passed away on 8 June 2016 following a brief illness in Delhi. He was 88. He is survived by his wife and daughters. He was a former Delhi Chief of Bureau of The Hindu, who led the newspaper’s wide-ranging coverage from the National Capital during a particularly eventful phase of political change. KK Katyal : Originally from Jhang in Pakistan, he was founder of the India chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).He started his career by working... Read More

    World Bank Report cuts global growth forecast to

    June 9, 2016
    The World Bank in its report on global economic prospects has cut global growth forecast to 2.4% in 2016 and at 2.8% in 2017. The growth rate was lower than its earlier forecast of 2.9% and 3.1% respectively, mainly on account of a slower than expected recovery in advanced economies. The cut in global forecast was due to mediocre growth experienced by advanced economies, while low commodity prices, weak global trade and stilted capital flows also impacted. India will remain one of the fastest... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    India becomes third largest oil consumer

    June 9, 2016
    According to recently released BP Statistical Review of World Energy India has surpassed Japan to become the world’s third-largest oil consumer. With demand of 4.1 million barrels a day (bpd), India is the third-largest consumer behind the United States (19.39 million bpd) and China (11.96 million bpd). India accounted for 4.5% of world oil consumption in 2015 and its oil demand galloped 8.1% in 2015. India’s oil demand growth had surpassed China’s 6.3 per cent expansion. The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Pakistan tops in Malware Infection Index

    June 9, 2016
    Pakistan has topped in the list of 19 countries figuring in the 2016 Malware Infection Index (MII) in the Asia-Pacific region. The index for the Asia-Pacific region was released by technology giant Microsoft in which India was placed at 8th position. The index identifies the key malware threats in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks markets in Asia-Pacific according to how much they are affected. More than 40% of computers in the 19 countries in Asia-Pacific region are infected against the... Read More
    Category: International

    US names India as a Major Defence Partner

    June 9, 2016
    The United States has recognised India as a major defence partner which will pave way to bring it closest US allies for defence related trade and technology transfer. Announcement in this regard was made in the joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington. US will work towards facilitating defence related trade and technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners. India will... Read More
    Category: International

    International Tennis Federation bans Maria Sharapova for two years

    June 9, 2016
    The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has banned former Russian World No. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova for two years over doping charges The ban was imposed on her Independent Tribunal of ITF appointed under Tennis Anti-Doping Programme found that she had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. It will commence on 26 January 2016. In January 2016 during the Australian Open she was tested positive for banned drug meldonium, a substance that has been added in the forbidden list by the... Read More

    PM Narendra Modi addresses US Congress

    June 9, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the joint session of the US Congress on 8 June 2016. Earlier PM Modi was invited to speak at the joint session by House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. He addressed the congress during his second official bilateral visit to the US after his trip in September, 2014. This was PM Modi’s fourth visit to the US since he assumed office in May 2014.
    With this PM Narendra Modi became the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of... Read More
    Category: International

    India ranks low at st place in global peace index

    June 9, 2016
    India was  ranked low at 141st place on a Global Peace Index making it less peaceful than countries like Burundi, Serbia and Burkina Faso with violence taking a USD 680-billion toll on its economy in 2015.
    In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria has been named as the least peaceful, followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. On the other hand, Iceland was ranked as the world's most peaceful country,... Read More
    Category: International

    Thailand becomes first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV WHO

    June 9, 2016
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission.  In this regard, Thailand’s Minister of Health was presented with the certificate of validation during a ceremony, which took place on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York.
    The mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Thailand has been reduced to less than 2% and all... Read More
    Category: International

    LISA Pathfinder mission demonstrates ways to detect gravitational waves

    June 9, 2016
    LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting gravitational waves. The Mission was led by the European Space Agency (ESA) scientists with the contribution of NASA. This research was published in Physical Review Letters on 7 June 2016. Key finding of the Research : The Mission demonstrated that two test masses can be put in free fall with a relative acceleration sufficiently free of noise to meet the requirements needed for... Read More



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