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14 May 2016

Eminent space scientist Prof U R Rao will be honoured by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) with the 2016 'IAF Hall of Fame Award" for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics.  The IAF award is intended to reward personalities for their contributions to the progress of astronautics and the... Read More

14 May 2016

Rwandan national captain Eric Dusingizimana, has set a new Guinness world record by batting out a straight 51 hours, the longest individual net session, beating the record set last year by India's Virag Mane, who had batted a straight 50 hours. Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad, who batted over a period of three days during his epic match saving... Read More

14 May 2016

The Italian parliament on 11 May 2016 passed legislation legalizing same-sex civil unions, with 372 voting in favour, 51 against and 99 abstaining. With this, it has become the last country in Western Europe to do so. The bill to this effect was approved by the Senate on 25 February 2016 and the Chamber of Deputies on 11 May 2016. However, the... Read More

14 May 2016

Piramal Enterprises ,that it would acquire four brands - Neko Soap, Sloans, Ferradol and Waterbury's Compound  from Pfizer for its consumer products division, for Rs 110 crore. The closure of this transaction is subject to obtaining requisite regulatory approvals and fulfilment of certain conditions by the parties. Piramal would also... Read More

14 May 2016

Senior audit service officer Hindupur Pradeep Rao was appointed as Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).  Rao, a 1981 batch officer of Indian Audit and Account Service, is presently working as Additional CAG.  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rao as Deputy CAG with effect from July 1,... Read More

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14 May 2016

A 22-year-old Indian artist is among the three winners of a UN poster competition aimed at raising awareness about nuclear disarmament, with her poster of a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon garnering appreciation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer and "artivist", won... Read More

14 May 2016

The Prakash Singh probe panel constituted to probe lapses on part of civil and police administration officials during Jat agitation in February has castigated over 90 officers including IAS/IPS officers besides various state cadre officers for lapses on their part.The panel has submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The... Read More

14 May 2016

President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will arrive in capital . He is on a two day visit to the nation. The visit is expected to contribute to further strengthening the close and cooperative relations between India and Sri Lanka. Sirisena will address the valedictory session at the Vaicharick Mahakumbh which is being held as part of the... Read More

14 May 2016

Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years. Earlier he was appointed as the chairman for his first term in 2012 and now he will continue to head the panel until 2018. Anil Kumble is all-time highest wicket-taker for India. Anil Kumble :... Read More

14 May 2016

United States has activated a land-based missile defence station (Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System) in Deveselu, Romania. The missile defence station is part of NATO’s larger European shield to protect member countries from short and medium-range missiles, particularly from the Middle East. The Deveselu missile defence station has a... Read More

14 May 2016

The Union Cabinet on 12 May 2016 approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter... Read More

14 May 2016

Haryana Government has notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016 on 13 May 2016 .The act was enacted to provide reservation to Jats and four other castes in services and admission in educational institutions in the state. Highlights of Haryana Backward Classes Act... Read More

14 May 2016

Ashok Chawla, the former chief of fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI), has become the chairman of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Capital market watchdog SEBI has approved the appointment and Mr. Chawla’s tenure as chairman would be till March 27, 2019. Ashok Chawla : An experienced civil servant, Mr. Chawla retired... Read More

14 May 2016

International Vichar Mahakumbh at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh will conclude today. Today it will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to address the closing ceremony of 3-day Vichar Kumbh Convention. About 2000 scholars from home and abroad are taking part in this Vichar... Read More

14 May 2016

The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from May 11 to13. The summit gathers policy makers, economists, scholars, leaders and private sector investors from across the globe to discuss solutions to some of the most pressing needs and challenges facing African economies. Rwanda has become an incredible place to do... Read More

14 May 2016

Fifa broke new ground by appointing a Senegalese United Nations official as its first female and first non-European secretary general on 13 may 2016. Fatma Samoura has no experience working in sports but Fifa President Gianni Infantino hopes that will help it try to regain the trust and credibility of the world. The 54-year-old Samoura, who will... Read More

14 May 2016

Several Singaporean and Hong Kong English terms, including wah, shiok and yum cha, are now officially recognised as acceptable English. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added 19 Singaporean terms and 13 Hong Kong terms in its March quarterly update. The dictionary included formations of English that are mostly used in Singapore or Hong Kong.... Read More

14 May 2016

The world's biggest cargo aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya made its first landing in India  at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here en route to Perth, Australia. Antonov is a world leader in transport aircraft design and manufacture, exemplified by An-225.India has a requirement of over 200 medium lift turbofan aircraft, valued at Rs... Read More

14 May 2016

In a bid to harness solar energy, the Indian Railways is all set to conduct trial of its first solar panel-powered train in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city. A railway official said though the train would be pulled by conventional diesel-run engines, the solar energy will be used for internal electricity gadgets. Features : Solar panels have been... Read More

14 May 2016

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a special drive to make sure that no one has been left out of Aadhaar enrolment in Haryana, Goa, Chandigarh and Puducherry. This exercise has been initiated to ensure that no one is left without an Aadhaar number in these four States and UTs which has more than 100 per cent Aadhaar... Read More

14 May 2016

The Supreme Court has directed budget airline Spicejet  to pay Rs 10 Lakh as damages to a flyer, suffering from cerebral palsy, who was forcibly offloaded in 2012, saying the manner in which she was deboarded depicts "total lack of sensitivity".  The apex court said the decision to offload Ghosh was taken by the airlines... Read More

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