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  • Doctors perform brain implant for the first time in history

    November 16, 2016
    Netherlands-based doctors have performed the first-ever brain implant on a 58-year-old woman paralysed by Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors directly installed a device called electrocorticograph on her brain enabling her to communicate in day-to-day life via a speech computer.
    The disease-caused nerve degeneration had left her with control only over her eyes. The implant enabled her to control the computer using brain signals, spelling out messages at two letters per... Read More

    CCEA hikes Minimum Support Price of wheat and pulses

    November 16, 2016
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has hiked the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat and pulses to boost the output of these rabi crops and check prices. The MSP of wheat was hiked by 100 rupees per quintal for the 2016-17 rabi crop. The procurement cost of wheat will be 1,625 rupees per quintal against 1,525 rupees per quintal last year. The support price on Barley has been increased to 1,325 rupees from 1,225 rupees per quintal. Masur: It has been raised to 3,950 rupees per... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Union Cabinet approves constitution of Special committee for inter linking of rivers

    November 16, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has approved constitution of ‘special committee for inter-linking of rivers’ in compliance with a 2012 Supreme Court order. Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The constitution of committee will help in monitoring precious projects to be carried out under its National Perspective Plan, 1980. The special committee will submit status-cum-progress report bi-annually to Union Cabinet to... Read More
    Category: Committee

    nations sign framework agreement of International Solar Alliance

    November 16, 2016
    Over 20 countries, including India, Brazil and France have signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The framework agreement of ISA was opened for signatures on the sidelines of CoP22 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Marrakech, in Morocco. The signing of the framework agreement has to be followed by ratifications by countries.  The agreement will become operational after at least 15 countries have ratified it. International Solar... Read More
    Category: International

    Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian Grand Prix

    November 16, 2016
    Lewis Hamilton beat against all odds to secure first position at the recently concluded Brazilian Grand Prix 2016 in Interlagos circuit, Sao Paulo. Heavy downpour made the race one of the wettest ever. Poor visibility made the race even more challenging for the racers. Hamilton proved he is legendary by mastering the conditions and continuing to maintain his lead, while many of his competitors crashed out. Highlights of the Race  : Hamilton finished first, followed by his Mercedes... Read More

    International Day for Tolerance observed across the world

    November 16, 2016
    The International Day for Tolerance was observed globally on 16 November 2016. The Day aims at educating masses about the need for tolerance in society and helping them understand the negative effects of intolerance. In order to mark the day and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO instituted a prize in 1995 for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. The prize, named as the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, rewards... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    APEC Forum s Week begins in Lima

    November 16, 2016
    The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s week kicked off at Lima, capital city of the South American country Peru. The week that began on 14 November 2016 will run on till 20 November 2016. The forum will witness participation from businessmen, investors and economic leaders of the 21 Pacific Rim countries (countries that lie on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean).
    Boosting Human Capital Development  Upgrading Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Enhancing... Read More

    Tata Global Beverages replaces Cyrus Mistry as Chairman

    November 16, 2016
    The Board of Tata Global Beverages has voted to remove Cyrus Mistry as the Chairman of the company. The Board voted to appoint Harish Bhat as the Chairman of the company. Bhat is the Non-Executive Director on the board of the company. This is the second time that Mistry is shown the doors out from a Tata entity. Earlier, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had replaced him with Ishaat Hussain as the Interim Chairman. Bhat had joined the Tata Group in 1987 under Tata Administrative Services... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Maharashtra becomes first state to adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy

    November 16, 2016
    Maharashtra became the first state in the country to adopt the Fly Ash Utilization Policy. It was approved by state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The policy paves way for prosperity by generating wealth from waste and environment protection. The policy seeks 100% use of fly ash generated from thermal power plants and biogas plants for construction activities. Facilitates use of fly ash to make bricks, blocks, tiles, wall panels, cement and other construction... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    London Ranked first in World s Best City Brands

    November 16, 2016
    A new global study by place branding and travel and tourism experts Resonance Consultancy reveals London, Singapore, New York and Paris as the world’s best city brands. The 2017 World’s Best City Brands report evaluates global principal cities with a metropolitan population of 2 million or more and capital cities with a population of 1 million or more. For each city, the Resonance ranking considers both statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors,... Read More

    Two dead as powerful earthquake strikes New Zealand

    November 16, 2016
    A powerful earthquake hit New Zealand early morning on November 14, 2016, that triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, caused some damage to buildings. Two people died in the disaster while several other suffered minor injuries. According to the S. Geological Survey(USGS), the quake was centered 93 kilometers (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch, over 120 miles away in the capital, Wellington The USGS estimated the magnitude of the earthquake to be 7.8.
    Category: Environment

    Exchange or deposit of old currency not allowed at Cooperative Banks RBI

    November 16, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India today said that no exchange or deposit facility old denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be allowed at District Central Cooperative Banks. However the RBI clarified that DCCBs can allow existing customers to withdraw upto Rs 24,000 per week.
    The Reserve Bank has also advised all banks to permit withdrawal of cash by DCCBs from their accounts based on their need. The regulator also clarified that the cash withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 per week was not... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Australia to introduce Hindi language in Pre Schools from

    November 16, 2016
    Australia announced an online program for its pre-schools to learn foreign languages, including Hindi from 2017. In order to teach foreign languages in Australia a program named Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA), was launched in the 2015-16, with five languages namely Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Indonesian, French and Arabic. These were taught to the children using seven apps. Australia’s Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, the government would extend the... Read More
    Category: International

    Nitish launches free power connection programme

    November 16, 2016
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a key programme to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line. The chief minister launched "Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar" programme, which was key development thrust for the Assembly polls, at an event here. It aims to supply power to every household in Bihar in the next two years. Providing power connection to every household is an important component of Kumars "seven resolves". The same... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Viswanathan Anand wins Chess Champions Showdown

    November 16, 2016
    Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand clinched the 2016 Champions Showdown in St Louis, United States. Anand finished with 15 points to edge past three other grandmasters  Hikaru Nakamura, who finished second, Fabiano Caruana (third) and Veselin Topalov (fourth). The tournament saw each competitor play 24 matches, including two classical round robins, two rapid round robins and four blitz round robins. Anand won seven and drew 16. His only defeat came on the final day against... Read More

    India and ADB sign million US dollar loan to build country s longest river bridge across Ganges River

    November 16, 2016
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 15 November 2016 signed a 500 million US dollar loan to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganges River. This will be India’s longest river bridge. Along with ADB’s loan and 900000 US dollar in technical assistance to improve bridge operation and management, the Bihar Government will provide support equivalent to 215 million US dollar. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Facebook sets wireless world record by transmitting data at Gbps

    November 16, 2016
    Facebook’s Connectivity Lab has set a world record transmitting at nearly 20 Gbps for 13.2 kilometers using Milli Meter Wave (MMW) technology. The Connectivity Lab achieved a data rate of nearly 20 Gbps in a point-to-point land-based test from a mountaintop in Malibu, California to a building rooftop in Woodland Hills in United States. The line-of-sight distance for the point-to-point test was of 13.2 km. With this Facebook broke the previous record set in May 2016 by German scientists of... Read More

    products registered as geographical indication so far

    November 16, 2016
    As many as 272 products have been registered as geographical indications since September 2003, according to data of Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. During this fiscal (2016-17), 11 products  have been registered so far as GI from states across India. 26 items had received GI status in the 2015-16 fiscal . 11 GI products added this  year are Sangli Raisins (Maharashtra), Parmigiano Reggiano (Italy), Banaras Metal Repouse Craft (Uttar Pradesh), Beed... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India Israel ink two agreements

    November 16, 2016
    India and Israel have inked two agreements in the field of water resources management and agriculture. These agreements were signed following the delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in New Delhi.  Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is in India on a six-day official state visit. He is the first Israeli head of state to visit India in nearly 20 years. The last and first Israeli president to officially visit India was Ezer... Read More
    Category: International



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