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  • November World Toilet Day

    November 19, 2016
    World Toilet Day was observed on 19 November 2016 with an aim to motivate millions across the world on issues of sanitation. The theme for 2016 World Toilet Day is ‘toilets and jobs’. The theme, toilets and jobs, focuses on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact livelihoods of people. The day also calls for action to help about 2.4 billion people who live without a toilet. Important Fact : The Sustainable Development Goals, which was launched in 2015, also includes a target... Read More

    Tamil Nadu gets world s first salt tolerant plant garden

    November 19, 2016
    The world’s first Genetic Garden of Halophytes (naturally occurring salt-tolerant plants) was inaugurated at the coastal town of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu. The first of its kind garden in the world was inaugurated by Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib Fakim through video-conferencing. The garden has been set up by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) founded by eminent agriculture scientist Prof M S Swaminathan, father of Indian Green Revolution.
    It will have over 1,600 species... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India and UK sign three Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

    November 19, 2016
    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed three Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with the Competent Authority of United Kingdom (UK) to reduce tax litigation.  Earlier both countries had exchanged mutual agreements amongst them under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) Article of the India-UK Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). With this, CBDT so far has entered into 111 APAs.
    These three APAs cover international transactions in the nature of payment of... Read More
    Category: International

    Jagdish Singh Khehar appointed executive chairman of NALSA

    November 19, 2016
    The Union government has appointed Jagdish Singh Khehar, a judge of the Supreme Court, as the new Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). He succeeds Anil R. Dave who retired as Judge of Supreme Court after completing tenure of over six years. National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)  : NALSA provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society. It has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
    Its aim is to... Read More
    Category: International

    COP adopts Marrakech Action Proclamation

    November 19, 2016
    The COP22 to the UNFCC, 12th session of COP of Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and first session of COP of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) were held in Marrakech, Morocco. Nearly 200 nations attending the COP22 to the UNFCC have adopted Marrakech Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development. The 11-day meeting concluded with all participating member nations collectively reaffirming their commitment to climate action under Paris Agreement adopted in November... Read More

    Oxigen partners with Federal Bank for cash management services

    November 19, 2016
    Federal Bank and digital payment server Oxigen have joined hands to allow over 3 lakh retail outlets of the latter to remit cash collected from customers to the bank through its e-collection platform.
    As per the arrangement, three lakh plus retail outlets of Oxigen can now remit their cash collection at the Federal Bank branches pan India. This helps the outlets to get replenished their running limits on the spot enabling them to continue to serve the customers hassle free. Federal Bank... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Yes Bank partners with Crownit for digital meal vouchers

    November 19, 2016
    Yes Bank has partnered with Crownit, amerchant discovery and privileges platform, to launch digitised meal vouchers. The app based digital meal wallet can be linked with a Meal Debit MasterCard which enables employees to avail unlimited food, beverage & grocery redemption options . While eliminating the hassle of managing and distribution of paper currency for the employer, there is an integrated dashboard which allows them to update employee details and distribute meal vouchers with a... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Sachin Tendulkar adopted Puttamrajuvari Kandriga village in AP

    November 19, 2016
     Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated projects worth Rs 6 crore at his adopted village of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh. On this occasion he was adopted Gollapalli village in the same state under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna .It would be developed with an amount of Rs 3.05 crore Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna : Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) is a rural development programme . This Yojana launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Airtel announces merger with Axiata in Bangladesh

    November 19, 2016
    Bharti Airtel has merged its unit in Bangladesh with Robi Axiata Ltd., a unit of Axiata Group Berhad, a move which will form a strong No. 2 mobile phone operator in what is a fiercely competitive market led by Telenor unit Grameenphone.
    Post the merger, Axiata and Airtel will hold 68.7% and 25% stake, respectively, in the combined entity which will have around 32.2 million customers and operate under the Robi Axiata brand. The remaining 6.3% stake will be held by Japan’s NTT DoCoMo... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Iran becomes India s top crude oil supplier

    November 19, 2016
    Iran for the first time ever has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become India’s top crude oil supplier. It was revealed by ship tracking data and a report compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts. Earlier, Iran used to be India’s second-biggest oil supplier after Saudi Arabia till 2010-11. However, it had ceded its position to Iraq after the tougher western countries sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear development programme. India’s oil imports from Iran have... Read More

    Scientists produce faster growing crops by improving photosynthesis

    November 19, 2016
    Scientists have improved the photosynthesis process in the plants to produce faster-growing crops. The breakthrough was published in the journal Science. They had used genetic modification technology to improve photosynthesis in the plants. This modification increased amount of sunlight energy crop plants can channel into food production. Significance The breakthrough has increased the yield in the experimental crop by 15 per cent. This is seen as a critical step towards increasing crop... Read More

    International Conference on Brucellosis inaugurated in New Delhi

    November 19, 2016
    The International Conference on Brucellosis 2016 and the 69th meeting of the International Society on Brucellosis was inaugurated in New Delhi. The three day conference has been organised by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in collaboration with Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR). Provide a technical platform for scientist and experts from all over the world including Participants from 26 countries. Help endemic countries in designing effective control strategies and... Read More

    World Internet Conference concludes in Wuzhen China

    November 19, 2016
    The 2016 World Internet Conference concluded on 18 November 2016 in Wuzhen, China. The theme of the 3rd World Internet Conference, which commenced on 16 November 2016, was Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All – Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace. On the other hand, the World Internet Conference Internet Culture Forum was held in the Wuzhen Internet International Conference and Exhibition Center on 17 November 2016. The theme of the Forum was... Read More

    Ten Commandments tablet sold at an auction

    November 19, 2016
    The world’s earliest known complete stone inscription of Ten Commandments was sold at an auction in Beverly Hills, California for 850000 US Dollars on 16 November 2016. Weighing 200 pounds, the two-foot-square marble tablet, designated as Israel’s ‘national treasure’ was one among many Biblical artifacts owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn that went up for auction.
    The opening bid on the piece was 300000 US Dollars. Tablet :  It is inscribed with 20... Read More
    Category: International

    India is non committal on market economy status for China

    November 19, 2016
    India is not inclined to automatically grant the coveted ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China under World Trade Organisation (WTO) norms in December 2016. The main reason India is reluctant to grant MES to China is that it will severely curb India’s ability  to impose anti-dumping duties on “unfairly priced” Chinese imports. Earlier, US and the EU also had opposed to grant MES to China on the same issue. Market Economy Status (MES) :  Under WTO norms,... Read More



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