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  • HDFC Bank s Aditya Puri ranked th in Fortune s top bizmen list

    November 18, 2016
    HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri has been ranked 36th in the US magazine Fortune's top 50 business persons list for 2016, and is the only Indian among three persons of Indian origin in the global rankings.
    Puri, who has led the second largest private sector lender since its inception in 1994, has been ranked 36th in the list, which evaluates corporate leaders' business performance.
    While Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg leads the list, Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella... Read More

    Indian Navy inducts types of indigenously developed sonars

    November 18, 2016
    The Indian Navy has formally inducted four types of indigenously developed sonars that will boost its underwater surveillance capability. The systems have been designed and developed by NPOL Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Kochi based laboratory of DRDO. Abhay  : It is an advanced hull mounted active-cum-passive integrated sonar system. It has been designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels.... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Steel Ministry to set up of Steel Research Technology Mission of India

    November 18, 2016
    Ministry of Steel is planning to set up Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron and steel sector in India. The conceptualization of SRTMI was done by a high level task force set up by the Union Ministry of Steel. SRTMI has been setup as a Registered Society wherein the Union Ministry of Steel is a facilitator. It is an industry driven institutional initiative. It will be governed and administered by a Governing... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    President launches National Student Startup Policy

    November 18, 2016
    President Pranab Mukherjee launched the National Student Startup Policy (NSSP) to promote technology-driven student start-ups. It was launched during the second Visitor’s Conference held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The NSSP has been formulated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It aims to create 1 lakh technology based student start-ups and a million employment opportunities within the next 10 years. It also aims to propel Indian youth to contribute to the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Government sets up inter ministerial committee to look into concerns of tourists NRIs

    November 18, 2016
    The Union Government has constituted the inter-ministerial committee to look into the areas of concern expressed by NRIs and tourists from abroad and foreign missions over demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupees notes.This committee will be headed at the level of an additional secretary. A senior joint secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs is also a member of the committee. The committee was formed after people from foreign missions sought the intervention of Ministry of External... Read More

    IOC Strips athletes of their Olympic Medals

    November 18, 2016
    The International Olympic Committee stripped ten athletes of their medals from 2008 Olympics. The move came after these athletes were tested positive for various banned steroids during the retest of their samples from the games.Among the ten athletes, nine belong to former Soviet Union countries.None of them were gold medalists. Three were silver medalists: Wrestlers Vitaly Rahimov and Khasan Baroev from Azerbaijan and Russia respectively and weightlifter Irina Nekrasova from Kazakhstan. Two... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Patel most common Indian surname in UK

    November 18, 2016
    According to a newly released Oxford Dictionary, Patel is one of the most common Indian surnames in the United Kingdom. In one of the largest studies of its kind, the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland put together the origins of nearly 50000 surnames.
    The study was conducted by research team including linguists, historians, lexicographers and expert advisers. It included detailed analysis of published and unpublished British and Irish records dating right from 11th... Read More
    Category: International

    NADA bans sprinter Dharambir Singh for eight years

    November 18, 2016
    Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh in the third week of November 2016 was handed an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). As it was Singh’s second dope-related offence, the NADA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel slapped him a lengthier ban of eight years.  Singh had returned positive for an anabolic steroid on 11 July 2016 in an in-competition test conducted by the NADA during the Indian Grand Prix meet. He had breached the 200m Olympics entry standard of 20.50... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Hindu widow s adopted kid has claim only to her assets SC

    November 18, 2016
    The Supreme Court (SC) on 17 November 2016 held that a child adopted by a Hindu widow will not have any rights on the property of the woman's deceased husband. The child can claim only over the property inherited by his mother. The ruling was passed by a bench of Justices A R Dave and L Nageswara Rao with reference to the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956. The court also ruled that the adoption of a child will not disturb or take away the rights of other family members to which... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on Jallikattu

    November 18, 2016
    The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by Tamil Nadu to review a 2014 apex court judgment banning Jallikattu. The apex court questioned the need to “tame” a domestic animal like the bull and further held that Jallikattu has nothing to do with exercise of the fundamental right of religious freedom. It also held that Jallikattu runs counter to the concept of welfare of the animal, which is the basic foundation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Tamil Nadu... Read More

    SC orders to constitute nodal agency to crack down sex selection ads

    November 18, 2016
    The Supreme Court ordered search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing to immediately stop displaying advertisements relating to pre-natal sex determination tests. It also directed the Union government to constitute a nodal agency to monitor and trigger search engines to crack down on online pre-natal sex determination advertisements. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Dr. Sabu Mathew George in 2008 in the background of increasing instances of female foeticide.  The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    November National Press Day

    November 18, 2016
    The National Press Day is celebrated on November 16, 2016 to remember the day on which the Press Council of India started which is also coincides with Golden Jubileeof Press Council of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred excellence in journalism awards and ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ to veteran journalist S. Nihal Singh on the occasion of National Press Day. It is followed Seminars have been organized by the Press Council in New Delhi The Press Council decided be extended... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    India to host T Cricket World Cup for the Blind

    November 18, 2016
    India are to host the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind at nine different centres from January 31 to February 12 and Pakistan is among the competing teams.
    The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi, while the final is to be conducted in Bengaluru, as per the schedule released at a media conference by chief guest and former India captain. The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi, while the final is to be... Read More
    Category: Sports

    World s Thinnest laptop Acer Swift launched in India

    November 18, 2016
    Taiwanese electronics multinational company Acer launched its lightest, thinnest and the most portable laptop Swift 7 in Indian market.Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the World till now. The Acer SWIFT 7, priced at Rs 99,999, will be available for purchase from 18th November via exclusive Acer stores and other multi brand outlets and will also be available on e-commerce outlet Flipkarts. The laptop is 9.98mm thick with 13.3 inch Full HD screen having Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection... Read More

    China wins supercomputer crown for eighth time

    November 18, 2016
    For the eight consecutive year, China has retained the top spot in the list of the world's fastest supercomputers for its 'Sunway TaihuLight' which can perform 93 million billion calculations per second. TaihuLight, the massive supercomputer, built entirely using processors designed and made in China has been crowned as the world's fastest, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the latest edition of the semiannual Top500 list of supercomputers . TaihuLight made its appearance in... Read More

    Israel names first ambassador to Turkey since

    November 18, 2016
    Israel nominated a new ambassador to Turkey , its first since the two countries normalised ties after the 2010 crisis triggered by Israel's deadly storming of a Gaza-bound ship.
    Eitan Naeh was formally selected by a government committee, said foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. The current deputy head of mission at the Israeli embassy in London, will become his country's first ambassador to Turkey since Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound ship of activists in... Read More
    Category: International

    Rishi Jaitly appointed CEO of Times Global Partners

    November 18, 2016
    Times Internet, the digital venture of the Times of Indiagroup, today announced the appointment of former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as CEO of Times Global Partners.
    Times Global Partners is a platform which supports launch and expansion of emerging global digital companies in India. In the last decade, under Rishi's leadership, both Twitter and Google have successfully entered the Indian market, immersing themselves in every segment of the country's business, media and... Read More
    Category: International

    Mastercard RBL Bank launches mobile payment system

    November 18, 2016
    Payment gateway player Mastercard today launched a mobile payment solution, Masterpass Quick Response (QR).
    RBL Bank becomes the first bank to integrate the Masterpass QR service into the OnGo digital wallet, its mobile platform powered in conjunction with India Transact Services . The OnGo wallet will host a virtual pre-paid Mastercard that customers can use for cashless transactions, including for paying taxi and auto rickshaw fares . Shoppers can make fast, simple and secure digital... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Festival of India begins in Oman

    November 18, 2016
    For the first time, Indian embassy at Oman is holding a five-month long ‘Festival of India’ in four major cities of Oman – Muscat, Sur, Sohar and Salalah.
    The festival began on 15 November and will go on till March 2017. The festival is being organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
    The festival has been organized with an objective of presenting glimpses of Indian culture, representing diverse traditions of Indian heritage to the... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    Government of India impose year ban on Zakir Naik s NGO

    November 18, 2016
    Government has banned controversial preacher Zakir Naik's NGO 'Islamic Research Foundation' for five years terming it illegal. The ban has been enforced under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and was approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet. Top sources in the Home Ministry told India has there was a strong case based on inputs and material shared by Maharashtra government and the central intelligence agencies. Multiple agencies including state police, NIA and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Mauritius PM inaugurates AYUR Herbarium project in Goa

    November 18, 2016
    Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius Anirood Jugnauth today inaugurated AYUR Herbarium project in North Goa, an initiative by the pharmaceutical major in association with Union AYUSH Ministry.
    Jugnauth inaugurated the project at the property of Sandu Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Saligao village. The Mauritian Prime Minister along with his delegation is on a tour of India to reciprocate the cordial invitation of delegates of Goa government, who visited the island country in the recent... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Former J K Governor Lt Gen SK Sinha died

    November 18, 2016
    Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen Srinivas Kumar Sinha died on 17 November 2016 at the Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital, New Delhi. He was 92. Earlier on 1 November 2016, he was admitted to the hospital with a fracture in his femur bone and ribs. Later, he was shifted to R&R hospital after some complications. He is survived by his wife, son YK Sinha who is an IFS officer and three daughters. At present, YK Sinha is Indian Ambassador to Sri Lanka and is moving for his... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    SSP Chawrasia wins Resorts World Manila Masters

    November 18, 2016
    Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia won his first Asian Tour title outside the country on 13 November 2016. He won the 1 million US dollar Resorts World Manila Masters. Chawrasia birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to emerge victorious over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung. The 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters was Chawrasia's fourth Asian Tour triumph and his first one outside India. SSP Chawrasia : Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia turned professional in... Read More
    Category: Sports



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