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  • India s Palpreet Singh Included in NBA D League Draft

    November 2, 2016
    Palpreet Singh, winner of National Finals of ACG-NBA Jump, India's first national basketball talent search program, was selected 11th in the fourth Round of the NBA D-League Draft held in New York. Satnam Singh, who became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA when he was selected 52nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft, represents the Texas Legends, the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The NBA D-League's 16th season tips off on Nov. 11 with... Read More

    PM Narendra Modi launches Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh

    November 2, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched theSaur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh that would provide solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price. Chhattisgarh would be the first state to implement the scheme. The Centre is taking all necessary measures to promote farmers, villager and poor people,” Modi said while launching the scheme at Chhattisgarh’s foundation day function in Naya Raipur . Under the scheme, solar powered irrigation pumps of 3HP and 5HP... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    Australia announces grants worth million for projects with India

    November 2, 2016
    The Australian government on Wednesday announced 19 grants worth $6,30,000 dollars for several projects in the field of education, science, sports, arts and culture. Australia announces 19 grants worth $6.3 million for projects with India The successful grants include an exchange betweenTAFE NSW and India's Centurion University to share expertise for training indigenous learners, collaboration between University of New South Wales and Indian scientists to develop effective new water... Read More
    Category: International

    ICICI Bank launches overdraft facility for salaried home loan borrowers

    November 2, 2016
    ICICI Bank has launched a credit facility against home loans for salaried customers. The Home Overdraft facility will enable a salaried customer to seek loans up to Rs. 1 crore for personal needs against his/her property. This offering provides customers with the dual advantage of a term loan and an overdraft facility.While the term loan provides customers with quick funds for immediate needs, the overdraft facility offers them the flexibility to access funds instantly for expenses, as and... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Russia invites India to join fast neutron reactor project

    November 2, 2016
    Russia has invited India to join in developing next-generation nuclear reactors and to participate in its fast-reactor research project. The multipurpose fast research reactor project known by Russian acronym MBIR is coming up as the International Research Centre (IRC) in Dimitrovgrad located in the Ulyanovsk region. Creation of a new technological platform for nuclear energy, which will be based on the closed fuel cycle with fast neutron reactors It will be used to conduct a large number of... Read More

    RCEP members worry over market access to China

    November 2, 2016
    The 15 Asia-Pacific nations including India of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are concern to give greater market access to Chinese goods without gaining in return. All these countries in the RCEP grouping are also worried about agreeing to eliminate tariffs altogether, a move that will mainly help China.
    These 15 Asia-Pacific nations including India fear that China may dump its excess capacity in several items including steel, as well as highly subsidised items... Read More
    Category: International

    Rishi Jaitly Twitter India head resigns

    November 2, 2016
    Twitter India Head Rishi Jaitly has resigned from the company. He made the announcement on his twitter handle on 1 November 2016 . Jaitly, who formerly worked at Google India, had joined Twitter in November 2012 to lead the microblogging giant's expansion to India. In 2014, Jaitly took on additional responsibility as Twitter’s Market Director for India and South East Asia, leading the company’s growth and media partnerships across SE Asia. Prior to joining Twitter, Jaitly... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Arnab Goswami resigns as Editor in Chief of Times Now

    November 2, 2016
    Arnab Goswami has resigned as the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, the Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd-run news channel on 1 November 2016.Goswami was the anchor of Newshour, the prime time news programme which he anchored on weekdays at 9 pm everyday. Arnab Goswami : Goswami started his career as a print journalist in The Telegraph, before joining NDTV in 1995.
    He later shifted his career in TV news broadcast with NDTV 24x7 in 1995, where he anchored daily newscasts and reporting for News... Read More
    Category: Persons

    IFFI to honour Im Kwon taek with Lifetime Achievement Award

    November 2, 2016
    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has announced that renowned South Korean director Im Kwon-taek will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The IFFI will take place from 20 November to 28 November 2016. The festival will pay a special tribute to late Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. The 47th edition of IFFI will have its country focus on... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    World Cup top scorer Klose retires at

    November 2, 2016
    Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement from football on 1 November 2016. Klose, 38, the leading scorer of Germany with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season. Now, the former world-class striker plans to join Germany's coaching staff after an invitation from head coach Joachim Loew. For the purpose, he will have to attend a set coaching programme for the national team as well as the required... Read More

    Vigilance Awareness Week observed across India

    November 2, 2016
    Vigilance Awareness Week was observed across India beginning from 31 October 2016 to promote probity in public life and achieve a corruption free society.The theme of the Vigilance Awareness Week 2016 was Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption. Highlights of the Week : The observance of week commenced with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks and all other Organisations.
    Several functions were organised to create... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    CVC asked banks to report frauds of Rs one crore and above

    November 2, 2016
    The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) asked the public sector banks to share their reports relating to all loan frauds involving funds over one crore rupees. Till date, such reports were shared with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only. With this, the banks will have to report the modus operandi of all the alleged frauds to the CVC, which will share these details with other banks to prevent such cases being repeated. Besides, the commission also decided to call regular monthly meetings of... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Candidate s election could be annulled for declaring false educational qualifications SC

    November 2, 2016
    Supreme Court has ruled that election of a candidate could be set aside for making false declaration on educational qualifications in the nomination paper on 1 November 2016. It held that the right to vote would be meaningless unless citizens were well-informed about the antecedents of candidates, including their educational qualification. The ruling came by a bench of Justice A R Dave and Justice L Nageswara Rao while hearing a plea of Mairembam Prithviraj and Pukhrem Sharatchandra Singh... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    NHPC commissions MW wind power project in Rajasthan

    November 2, 2016
    State-run NHPC today announced commissioning of a 50 MW wind power project in Rajasthan. NHPC has commissioned its 50 MW wind power project in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The project consist of 25 nos wind turbine generators each of 2 MW capacity, which has been successfully synchronised with grid in October 2016.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Kerala becomes rd Open Defecation Free state

    November 2, 2016
    Kerala has become the third Open Defecation Free state in the country after Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (Gramin).  The announcement in this regard was made by the Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer in New Delhi on the occasion foundation day of Kerala (1 November).
    With this Kerala becomes first high density populated state in the country to achieve Open Defecation Free status. All 14 districts, 152 blocks, 940 Gram... Read More

    International Forum on adopting ICT Perspective to Education and Learning begins in New Delhi

    November 2, 2016
    The International Forum on adopting ICT Perspective to Education and Learning has begun in New Delhi. It will be held from 31th October to 4th November 2016. It has been organised by the International Bureau of Education (IBE), UNESCO in partnership with Google and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. The forum targets mainly countries which are implementing the UNESCO developed General Education Quality Analysis Framework (GEQAF).
    Participating countries include Egypt,... Read More
    Category: International

    Odisha Government launches Madhubabu Aain Sahayata Sibir Scheme

    November 2, 2016
    Odisha government has launched Madhubabu Aain Sahayata Sibir’ (MASS) scheme to provide legal assistance to deprived sections of the society at the grassroots level. The scheme has been named after great Odia lawyer Madhu Babu, who is considered as the first lawyer of Odisha. Features : State government will provide free legal consultations to deprived sections of the society by setting up legal assistance cells in all 6,812 gram panchayats across the state. Legal assistance will be given... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    Sunil Bharti Mittal appointed as Chairman of GSMA

    November 2, 2016
    The Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Bharti Mittal was appointed as Chairman of GSM Association (GSMA).
    He succeeds Jon Fredrik Baksaas who will step down at the end of 2016. In his new role, Mittal will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation. Besides, Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group was re-elected as Deputy Chairman of GSM Association. It also elected the new members of the 26-member Board of the... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    DoPT launches Employees Online Application

    November 2, 2016
    The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has launched Employees Online (EO) App.  The mobile application aims to update on Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointments and postings on real time basis and to bring transparency.
    The EO App has been developed keeping in mind the spirit of maximum Governance, minimum Government and meet the need of the hour to bring high-tech systems in the... Read More

    Union Government reconstitutes Inter State Council

    November 2, 2016
    The Union Government has reconstituted the Inter State Council (ISC) and the Standing Committee of the ISC under Clause 2 of the Inter State Council order,1990. The Inter-State Council is a constitutional body to facilitate coordination between states and the centre. It will be headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Members : Chief Ministers of all states and Union Territories (having legislative Assembly), Six Union Ministers. Besides, administrators of Union Territories which do not... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    EU Canada sign CETA

    November 2, 2016
    The European Union (EU) and Canada have signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a landmark trade deal. The deal was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and top European Union officials in Brussels, Belgium. Now all 28 European Union states are required to endorse it. CETA is a free free-trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and the EC. It aims to revoke roughly 9,000 tariffs, covering many industrial goods and agricultural and food items.
    It links single... Read More
    Category: International

    First meeting of NCTF held in New Delhi

    November 2, 2016
    The first meeting of National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) was held in New Delhi to discuss ways for developing roadmap for implementation of WTOs trade facilitation agreement. It was headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and was attended by all 24 members along with secretaries of various ministries and departments like Home, Shipping, Civil Aviation. National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) :  The NCTF is a mandatory requirement under the WTOs Trade Facilitation... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    More differently abled attend schools than before Census

    November 2, 2016
    According to recently released new 2011 census data, nearly two-thirds of the disabled population in the age-group of 5-19 in 2011 were attending educational institutions. It was mentioned in the table C-22 of census which gives distribution of the disabled population in the age-group 5-19 by their attendance status in educational institution, type of disability, sex, age and residence. Highlights of the table C-22 of census  : As many as 40.2 lakh (61.2%) out of the total of 65.7 lakh... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed globally

    November 2, 2016
    The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was observed globally on 2 November 2016.The Day is celebrated to spread awareness against the violence and crimes done to journalists and media workers and to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.
    It aims to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Benami Transactions Amendment Act to curb black money comes into effect

    November 2, 2016
    The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 came into effect on 1 November 2016. The Act was formulated to curb black money. An official release of Central Board of Direct Taxes said, after coming into effect, the existing Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 will be renamed as the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act, 1988. The new legislation provides for seven years imprisonment and fine for those indulging in illegal transactions. The previous Act... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Sushil Chandra takes over as Chairman of CBDT

    November 2, 2016
    Indian Revenue Service Officer Sushil Chandra took over as the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Chandra replaced Rani Singh Nair, who retired on 31 October 2016. Central Board of Direct Taxes : The Central Board of Direct Taxes provides essential inputs for policy and planning of direct taxes in India. It is the policy-making body of the Income Tax Department under the Union Finance Ministry.It is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act,... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    th Indo Nepal joint exercise Surya Kiran commences

    November 2, 2016
    Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-X commenced on 31 October 2016 at Army Battle School, Saljhandi, Nepal. The exercise will conclude on 13 November 2016. The joint military exercise is the tenth in the series of such exercise between the two nations. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted annually, alternatively in Nepal and India. In the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Surya Kiran series with Nepal is the... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Union Government notifies rules for Real Estate Act for five UTs

    November 2, 2016
    The Union Government has notified the rules for Real Estate (Regulation and Development) (General) Rules, 2016 that seeks to regulate the housing sector besides bringing transparency and ensuring timely completion of projects in five Union Territories. The rules notified by the Housing Ministry will be applicable to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep. Ministry of Urban Development will come out with such rules for the National... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    st Haryana Day observed

    November 2, 2016
    The 51st Haryana Day was observed on 1 November 2016. The day was observed as Haryana Golden Jubilee (Swarna Jyanti) across the state. The day marks completion of 50 years of Haryana’s existence as a state of the federal map of India. The year will be celebrated as Haryana Swarna Jyanti from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017. Haryana Swarna Jyanti celebrations : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Himachal Pradesh becomes India s second open defecation free state

    November 2, 2016
    Himachal Pradesh was declared India’s second Open Defecation Free (ODF) State on 28 October 2016. The first state to achieve the feat was Sikkim. Himachal Pradesh successfully achieved total rural sanitation coverage of 100 per cent in the state, with all 12 districts in the state being both, declared as well as verified as ODF. The state is also the first among bigger Indian states to become ODF under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. Open defecation is the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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