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  • YES Bank appoints Amresh Acharya as Global Indian Banking head

    November 15, 2016
    Private sector lender YES Bank has appointed Amresh Acharya as Group President and head of Global Indian Banking. Acharya will report to Senior Group President, Retail and Business Banking Pralay Mondal. Acharya will play a vital role in capturing market share on a global scale and build stable CASA (Current and Savings account) deposits, and fee income through distribution of banking and investment products YES Bank offers a comprehensive product suite, technology enabled remote channels, a... Read More

    India s first Cherry Blossom Festival starts in Meghalaya

    November 15, 2016
    Meghalaya on Monday became the first state to start India's first Cherry Blossom Festival, which is widely celebrated in Japan. The four-day festival will also provide opportunities to showcase the unique beauty of pink and white cherry blossoms as well as Meghalaya's traditional arts, culture and cuisine to the naturalists and tourists. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma inaugurated India's first Cherry Blossom Festival in this state capital of Meghalaya, where cherry blossoms are in... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    Thiruvananthapuram becomes country s breast cancer capital

    November 15, 2016
    Thiruvananthapuram has been termed as the country's breast cancer capital, with cases at a record high of 40 per lakh of population. The revelation was made during the Kerala Chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) Conference here last week. It noted that 50 per cent of breast cancer is occurring in the age group of under 50 years. Nine lakh women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and it is the second most common malignancy next to cervical cancer.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Padmini Rout wins National Women Premier Chess Championship

    November 15, 2016
    International Master Padmini Rout has won the 2016 National Women Premier Chess Championship. With this win, she has scored a hat-trick in the National Women Premier Chess Championship.
    Earlier she had won the championship in 2014 and 2015. She was representing Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) and to secure a hat-trick of title wins after hard fought draw with her PSPB teammate Eesha Karavade. In this Chess Championship, S Vijayalakshmi of Air India won silver medal while Eesha... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Special Task Force led by SS Mundra formed to recalibrate ATMs

    November 15, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has formed Special Task Force to speed up the process of recalibration of automated teller machines (ATM) to dispense the new denomination notes. The Special Task Force will be headed by S.S Mundra, Deputy Governor, RBI. Representatives from the Union Finance and Home ministries, RBI, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) will be its members. Besides, representative from each of ATM original... Read More

    likely to be hottest year on record World Meteorological Organization

    November 15, 2016
    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the year 2016 is very likely be the hottest year on record on 14 November 2016. It stated that 2016 will likely surpass the previous hottest year, 2015. It was mentioned in the WMO’s preliminary assessment provided in its Status of the Global Climate in 2016 report. Earlier in July 2016, the WMO had announced that Carbon dioxide concentrations passed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere in the... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Lakh diesel vehicles go off road in Delhi

    November 15, 2016
    The order covers all diesel vehicles older than 15 years.  Along with barring them from the roads, the NGT has also banned them from being parked in the capital. Highlights of the imposed ban : The transport department has created a list of deregistered vehicles. The number totals to about 1.91 lakh. The list has been sent to the traffic police along with instructions to impound them immediately.
     It included details like: Name of the vehicle’s... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Jackie Chan receives Honorary Oscar at th Annual Governors Awards

    November 15, 2016
    Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan on 12 November 2016 was awarded the honorary Academy (Oscar) Award for his extraordinary achievements in the movies. With this, Chan became the first Chinese actor in history to receive the prestigious honour. In September 2016, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science voted to present the award to Jackie Chan, Anne V Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman.  Coates is a British... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    First set of new banknotes rolled out in SBI branches

    November 15, 2016
    The State Bank of India (SBI) launched the first set of newly issued 500 rupee notes in their Bhopal branch on 13 November 2016. The new notes are expected to help control the havoc caused by demonitisation of high-denomination currency and ease pressure on banks’ cash position. For SBI, which was only handing out 100 rupee notes until now, the introduction of new 500s will definitely help fasten their work process. Elements of the New 500 Rupee Note : Stone grey in colour, the 63mm x... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    India US launched USD million clean energy projects

    November 15, 2016
    As part of its efforts to continue the global transition to zero-and-low carbon energy sources, the United States (US) has announced two financial projects worth 95 million US dollars for India. The projects announced on 14 November 2016 aims at bringing more energy-efficient appliances to rural sector of the country. The White House in its statement said the US has committed 75 million dollars in Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) financing for renewable energy projects in India.... Read More

    CPEC becomes reality as Pakistan inaugurates Gwadar port

    November 15, 2016
    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the operational activities of the revamped strategic Gwadar port in the south-western Balochistan Province.
    With the operationalisation of the deep sea port, the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking western China to the Arabian Sea became a reality. The port was operationalised after a Chinese commercial ship laden with around 250 containers set off for West Asia and Africa.
    The ship was carrying... Read More
    Category: International

    Termination clause in N deal with Japan not binding on India Government

    November 15, 2016
    The Union Government has said that the “termination” clause in the recently signed historic civil nuclear deal with Japan will be not binding on India. But the “termination” clause merely records the “views” of the Japanese side considering its “special sensitivities” as Japan is the only nation to have suffered a nuclear attack. Besides, the Union Government has also insisted that India has made “no additional commitments” over the... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Golfer Aditi Ashok becomes first Indian to win Ladies European Tour title

    November 15, 2016
    The 18 year old Indian golfer Aditi Ashok became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on November 13, 2016. Aditi shot an even par 72 on the final day carrying a two-stroke overnight lead. She finished with a total score 3-under 213 and won a prize of USD 60,000. Brittany and Belen finished tied second with identical totals of 2-under 214after 54 holes
    Category: Sports

    Molinari Rail to set up manufacturing unit in India

    November 15, 2016
    Swiss major Molinari Rail will set up a manufacturing and assembly centre for auxiliary power units for diesel locomotives in India by next year.
    Molinari Rail AG has entered into a strategic pact to design, manufacture and deliver the auxiliary power units (APUs) for 1,000 diesel locomotives to be built in India for Indian Railways. For Indian Railways and we will manufacture and assemble auxiliary power units here in India for the 1,000 diesel locomotive programme. By this, Molinari... Read More
    Category: International

    TAFE setting up Centre of Excellence in Rajasthan

    November 15, 2016
    TAFE, the world’s third largest tractor maker, in collaboration with the Rajasthan government, is setting up a Centre of Excellence  ‘JFarm Rajasthan’  and a Custom Hiring Centre in six zones in Rajasthan at a total outlay of Rs.970 crore. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO.
    This JFarm centre will showcase the latest and best in agronomy and farm practices, latest trends in production, protection and processing of crops, and also the world’s best in... Read More

    km long elevated railway corridor to be set up in Guwahati under Smart City Project

    November 15, 2016
    The Centre has announced an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore to construct a 12-km-long elevated railway corridor inside Guwahati, contributing to the smart city project.
    The Indian Railways will form a joint venture in the form of a special purpose vehicle with the state government to implement the project.
    In the next 15 days, DPR will be prepared. The exact shareholding between the two partners will be known later. We will start the work in the next few months . There will be... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    PM Modi to lay foundation stone for airport and electronic city in Goa

    November 15, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the coastal state of Goa on November 13, 2016 to lay foundation stone for two projects : Greenfield airport in North Goa and Tuem Electronic city. The function was held at Dr Shama Prasad Mukherjee stadium in Bambolim village. The first phase of the airport is expected to be commissioned in the financial year 2019-20.The Tuem Electronic City project is expected to generate 25,000 jobs for the youth in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pune on... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    B Nagabhushana Reddy concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Chad

    November 15, 2016
    The IFS officer B. Nagabhushana Reddy appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Chad with residence in Abuja (Nigeria). He is currently working as the High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Pro Russian Rumen Radev elected Bulgarian President

    November 15, 2016
    Pro-Russia, anti-migration candidate Rumen Radev won the Bulgarian presidential election, partial official results showed . Former air force commander Radev won 59.4 percent of the vote, compared with 36.2 percent for the candidate of the ruling centre-right GERB party, Tsetska Tsacheva, with 99.3 percent of polling stations counted. Bulgaria faces an uncertain future after centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov quit his post following the crushing defeat of his presidential nominee at the... Read More
    Category: Persons

    ATMs to dispense Rs notes soon SBI Chairman

    November 15, 2016
    State Bank of India has announced that Rs 50 and Rs 20 notes too will be dispensed from ATMs soon. The announcement comes as a breather for citizens who were grappling with shortage of cash and limited denominations ever since the demonetisation was announced on November 8. Citizens were in a difficult situation after Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were declared illegal by the central government. Following the decision, ATM kiosks and banks witnessed an unprecedented flow of citizens who thronged to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Moon came close to Earth after

    November 15, 2016
    The moon came closer to Earth than at any other time since 1948. The 'supermoon' reached its brightest in Asia on 14 November 2016. The Moon was closest, only 2 lakh 21 thousand 524 miles (356509 km) away at 11:21 GMT. With this, the full moon came closest and appeared the largest in a period of 68 years. The day, gave an opportunity to sky-gazers around the world to assemble near landmarks, on beaches and atop tall buildings to have a look at the Super Moon (perigee full moon). Last... Read More



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