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  • Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court

    1093 days ago
    Russia has officially withdrawn from International Criminal Court (ICC) after President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order in this regard.
    The executive order mentioned that Russia is pulling out of the 2002 Rome Statute, which establishes the ICC’s status and powers. However, Russia had never ratified the statue meaning it was never member subject to its jurisdiction. Russia was against by ICC’s declaration that Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea... Read More

    Pakistan conducts military exercise close to Indian border

    1093 days ago
    Pakistan conducted Raad ul Barq (Strike of Thunder) military exercise in a strategically located area in Punjab province, bordering India. It was the comprehensive joint exercise carried out jointly by Pakistan Army and Air Force to reflect the preparedness of our armed forces to respond to any threat to its national security. The exercise showcased the combat readiness of the country’s defence line with live firepower demonstration using heavy artillery fighter jets and air defence... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Union Government announced new measures to tackle demonetisation problems

    1093 days ago
    To contain the problems being faced by people following the demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupees currency notes, the Union Government on 17 November 2016 announced new measures to contain the problem. The measures were announced by Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Highlights of Measures :  Measure for Farmers : To ensure sowing in the Rabi season, farmers have been allowed to withdraw 25000 rupees a week against crop loan and Kisan credit card. Measures for Traders: Traders... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Google launches PhotoScan App to scan physical photographs

    1093 days ago
    Search Engine Google on 16 November 2016 launched the scanning app Google PhotoScan to scan and digitise physical photographs.The App is maintained by Google Photos.
    Highlights of the App : It detects edges of the picture, straightens the image and rotates it to the correct orientation.  It ensures that the scanned old photos are clear and glare-free. It uses augmented reality to create four points near the frame and uses the four photos to create composite image without... Read More

    Indo China joint military exercise Hand in Hand begins

    1093 days ago
    The sixth India China joint training exercise Hand- in- Hand 2016 commenced on 16 November 2016 at the parade ground in Aundh Military Camp, Pune. The exercise will terminate on 27 November 2016. The joint exercise intends to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter terrorism environment. The Opening Day parade was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Li Guanghua, Commanding Officer of People’s Liberation Army. Highlights of the... Read More

    November World Philosophy Day

    1093 days ago
    The World Philosophy Day was observed globally on 17 November 2016. This year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organised the special events from 16 November to 18 November. The Day is celebrated on every third Thursday of November. This year, the Day was celebrated in line with the International Day for Tolerance (16 November). Here is the list of events conducted during 3-day celebrations:15th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Chhattisgarh First state to adopt resolution on demonetisation

    1093 days ago
    Chhattisgarh became the first state of India to adopt a resolution that welcomes the demonetisation scheme of the union government. The resolution was moved in the state assembly by Chief Minister Raman Singh. The resolution on 16 November 2016 saw 41 votes in favour and 25 against in assembly. Earlier on 8 November 2016 at 8:00pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised the high-value currency notes of India. He announced 1000 and 500 rupees notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    UP state government allows use of old currency for Land Registry

    1093 days ago
    The State Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has permitted the use of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes for land registry fee payment until 24 November 2016. The announcement was made following Union Government’s decision to allow payment of certain utility services with the old currency and land registration is being considered as utility charge by the UP government. Land registry fee is decided depending on the size of the land or house being purchased. Presently, the highest payable amount... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Post truth named Word of the Year for by Oxford Dictionaries

    1093 days ago
    The word Post Truth was named as word of the year 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries on 16 November 2016. The word was selected after research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries revealed a fact that the use of word post-truth saw an increase of about 2000 percent over its usage in 2015. The Word of the Year of Oxford Dictionary is an expression or word that is chosen to reflect the passing year in language. These words are chosen by the Oxford after reviewing and debating on the merits of the words,... Read More
    Category: International

    Pakistan orders over Turkish teachers to leave the country

    1093 days ago
    Pakistan has ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers and their family members to leave the country by November 20, in a apparent move to ‘please’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who starts his two-day visit to Islamabad on 17 Nov 2016 According to the interior ministry, the teachers of Pak-Turk schools have been asked to leave the country along with their family members within three days. Some 108 Turkish teachers have been serving in the Pak-Turk Schools in the country.... Read More

    CRPF for first time deploys women commandos for anti Naxal operations

    1093 days ago
    The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the first time has deployed a team of women commandos in anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand.
    The 135 women commandos belonging to the 232 battalion’s Delta company have started carrying out anti-Naxal operations. The women commandos are currently undertaking operations under the close supervision of CRPF’s 133 battalion in Naxal-infested forests on the outskirts of Ranchi near Khoonti area. They will be equally capable of... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Suzuki Motor Corporation to set up Industrial Training Institute in Gujarat

    1093 days ago
    Japanese carmaker, Suzuki Motor Corporation is planning to set up an industrial training institute in Gujarat state, India to cooperate on the human resource development in the manufacturing sector in India by “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme” agreed between the governments of India and Japan on November 11, 2016. The industrial training institute will be established as “Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing” (JIM), and the new term of the institute... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Sun Pharma others ink pact for malaria project in Mandla

    1093 days ago
    Drug major Sun Pharma has announced signing of tri-party agreement between Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Foundation for Disease Elimination and Control of India (FDEC- India) to launch the malaria-free India demonstration project in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh.
    FDEC-India has been established by Sun Pharma as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.
    Commenting on the pact, Sun Pharma MD Dilip Shanghvi The... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    UNESCO World Heritage site Al AIn Oasis opened in UAE

    1093 days ago
    UAE’s first Unesco World Heritage site Al Ain Oasis was opened by Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region. Al Ain Oasis has tools like the ‘Eco-Centre’ to better understand the oasis’ ecosystem, its historic evolution, and its significance for Abu Dhabi’s heritage and civilisation. The centre also showcases the environmental standards followed to preserve the oasis’ ecosystem.This site will feature... Read More
    Category: International

    World Bank Funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project launched by Mehbooba Mufti

    1093 days ago
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today formally launched the World Bank funded mega US $250 million Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery project which would give a massive push to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure post 2014 floods in the State. The project was conceptualised and pursued by former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in the aftermath of devastating floods of 2014 and was formally launched today after completion of all formalities. Mehbooba reminded... Read More

    CBSE Class X Board Exam to be re introduced from

    1093 days ago
    Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar after a meeting with the Rajasthan Education Minister, on November 14, 2016 informed about the decision of the Government to reintroduce compulsory class X board examination for Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) schools from the 2017-18 academic year which was scrapped 6 years ago.  However, the State Governments will be given the authority to reintroduce class V and VIII board examinations, a proposal for which will be tabled in the Cabinet... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    DRDO s combat drone Rustom flies for the first time

    1093 days ago
    Rustom-II, India's indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone, successfully completed its maiden-flight, giving a boost to India's development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
    The DRDO successfully carried out the maiden-flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM-II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. It has an endurance of 24 hours and can conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the country's armed forces.
    The UAV can also be used as... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Revamped Aadhaar toll free helpline number launched

    1093 days ago
    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a revamped version of its toll-free helpline number 1947. The number is revamped to handle more incoming calls. The helpline number was launched to help residents get quick access to information about Aadhaar. Highlights of the toll-free helpline number : The free of cost helpline 1947 will be available 24x7 throughout the year on IVRS mode. On the other hand, call-centre agents will be available from 7 am to 11 pm from Monday... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Hunar Haat organised at India International Trade Fair

    1093 days ago
    The Union Government has inaugurated Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) exhibition at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 15 November 2016. The exhibition aims at supporting and promoting artisans from minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market to display and sell their products. National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has organised the exhibition Hunar Haat under scheme USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills &... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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