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  • China launches world s longest super secure quantum communication line

    November 21, 2016
    China has launched world’s longest super-secure quantum communication line connecting Hefei, capital of Anhui province to Shanghai, the country’s financial hub. The super-secure quantum communication line is 712-km in length. It boasts of ultra-high security making it impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through them. Highlights : The 712-km line is part of a 2,000-km Beijing-Shanghai quantum communication. It has 11 stations and it took three years... Read More

    Scientists develop Zika replicon system to develop vaccines

    November 21, 2016
    Scientists have developed Zika replicon system, a novel tool to replicate the Zika virus by stripping it of the genes that make the virus infectious. The Zika replicon system is considered as an advance novel tool that may pave the way for development vaccine to fight Zika virus. The Zika replicon system deleted some of the genes that give the Zika virus its structure. The system was engineered by attaching genes that allow researchers to tag certain parts of the Zika virus for making it a... Read More

    NASA launches Next Generation Weather Satellite GOES R

    November 21, 2016
    The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the highly advanced geostationary weather satellite Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R). The Satellite was launched by NASA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was launched on board of Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Highlights of the Satellite : It will boost the weather observation capabilities of the US, leading to more... Read More

    UP CM Akhilesh Yadav launched integrated emergency services UP

    November 21, 2016
    The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav launched state-wide integrated emergency services UP-100. The service was launched on 19 November 2016 from Lucknow. UP-100 is the official name of the Police Emergency Management System of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, it was known as dial 100 Project. The state government has allocated 2200 crore rupees for the project. Highlights of UP-100 project :  It is a high-tech centralised emergency system and was established with an aim to provide... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    PM Narendra Modi launches Housing for All scheme in rural areas

    November 21, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 November 2016 formally launched the Housing for All scheme in rural areas under to provide an environmentally safe and protected pucca house to every rural household by 2022.
    The scheme is also named as the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin).
    Highlights of the Scheme : In the first phase, the target is to complete one crore houses by March 2019.
    A minimum support of around 1.5 lakh rupees to 1.6 lakh rupees is now available to a... Read More

    World Television Day Observed on November

    November 21, 2016
    The United Nations’ (UN) World Television Day was observed in countries across the world on 21 November 2016. The day is aimed at recognizing the important role television plays in presenting issues that affect people globally. It is also meant to honor the role Television plays as the pillar of freedom of expression and as a promoter of cultural diversity.
    On 17 December 1996, during the United Nations General Assembly , it was decided that 21 November will be globally observed as... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Climate Change Performance Index released

    November 21, 2016
    Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe released the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 on 16 November 2016. The CCPI confirms that there is a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. The index ranks India at the 20th position and says that countries like India are making efforts in fields of renewable and energy efficiency. Highlights of CCPI 2017 It says that the historic Paris Agreement that was reached in 2015 has helped in encouraging... Read More
    Category: Environment

    India elected as Vice Chair of Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme

    November 21, 2016
    India was elected as Vice Chair of Kimberly Process Certificate Scheme (KPCS) 2018 and as the Chair for 2019 of KPCS. The announcement was made during the KP Plenary Meeting 2016 at Dubai. Earlier, this position of KP Chair was held by India in 2008.
    India's position in Kimberly Process Certificate Scheme : The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme imposes widespread requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds. India is one of the founding... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    The Parallel Economy of Old and Rupee Notes

    November 21, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of demonization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes has taken a new turn. It has given birth to a new kind of economy that thrives on the old illegal tender. The new parallel economy welcomes the old notes, but at a price- at a discounted value- that often amounts to about 30%. Despite demonetisation, old illegal currency is still being accepted at several local departmental stores, private chemists, small eateries, vegetable vendors and local... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Islamic Window to be considered in conventional banks

    November 21, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in a letter to the finance ministry has put forward a proposal to open an ‘Islamic window’ in conventional banks. The move is a stepping stone to its consideration of introducing Islamic banking in the country.
    The RBI and the Union Government have been exploring the possibility of  introducing the Sharia-based foundation since quite long in order to include even those sections of the society that remain outside the banking circuit due to... Read More

    Indore Patna Express derails in train accident near Kanpur Over people killed

    November 21, 2016
    Indore-Patna Express derailed on 20 November 2016 at Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. Over 120 people were killed and more than 200 injured when the 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed. The incident took place at early morning 3:00 AM when most of the passengers were sleeping. The train was travelling with more than 500 passengers. Four sleeper coaches of the train S1, S2, S3, S4 were badly damaged in the accident. The tragedy could have been caused due to a... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Siby Sebastian appointed as CEO of SBM Bank Mauritius India

    November 21, 2016
    The State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) Group has appointed Siby Sebastian as Chief Executive for its India operations.Siby will be responsible for developing and managing the State Bank of Mauritius Group's operations in India. India is an important destination for tertiary education for Mauriatian students and is among the main trade partners of Mauritius, he said adding visits of key state officials as well as assistance in various areas between these two countries are common Mauritius, for... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Sri Sri Ravishankar honoured with Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award

    November 21, 2016
    Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar was today honoured with an international peace prize for his efforts in ensuring world peace.
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave away the "Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award" to the spiritual leader at a function at Vigyan Bhawan at New Delhi President Pranab Mukherjee presents Padma Vibhushan to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during Padma Awards 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The award has been instituted in the memory of Dr Nagendra Singh, first... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Al Nahyan granted Mother Teresa International Award

    November 21, 2016
    Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was awarded the prestigious Mother Teresa International Award by the Mumbai-based NGO Harmony Foundation. Shaikh Abdullah, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, was conferred with the award for his contribution in promoting peace and stability in the West Asia. He is responsible for establishing institutions that protect youth from being radicalised and indoctrination from terrorist groups and people who look forward to propagating... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    BSE opened Regional Investor Service centre in Shimla

    November 21, 2016
    Stock exchange platform BSE has opened its regional office in Shimla, marking its presence in 24 cities in the country to provide services to investors. According to the BSE, the Investor Services Centre set up in line with SEBI requirements  is part of its plans to expand its operations and meet the needs of the growing investors' community. The stock exchange platform said investors can approach the centre to enhance their awareness regarding the capital market and in particular... Read More

    Telangana Gov joins hand with IDFC bank introduces Coupon for Cashless Purchase

    November 21, 2016
    Telangana government joined hands with Mumbai based IDFC Bank to enable cashless transactions and to solve the change problem. Aadhar Card based Coupon was introduced at Rythu Bazaar in Kukatpally, Hyderabad. In this way, people get the coupon from Market counter, after their shopping if they have any amount remaining that will be credited back to their account.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Haryana launches VDS for power consumers

    November 21, 2016
    Haryana government has launched a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) 2016 for declaring tampered or defective meters for all categories of consumers having sanctioned load up to five KW.
    The scheme shall remain in operation from November 20 to December 31, 2016. The cases of such consumers, who voluntarily declare tampering of meter or meter being defective, shall be decided as per the provisions of the scheme.
    The chief minister said the consumers would be charged on nominal... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    NSG commandos conduct counter terror drill at New Delhi

    November 21, 2016
    A special counter-terror unit of NSG commandos today conducted a three-hour-long mock drill at a Delhi Metro station located on the airport express line . The drill on 'intervention of rail coaches and countering of terrorist elements' was conducted by the National Security Guard commandos in the wee hours at the Dhaula Kuan station where the 'black cats' also used their modern weapons and equipment used for neutralising terrorists and rescuing commuters.
    The Dhaula Kuan... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Prime Minister to launch Pradhanmantri Grameen Awas Yojna in Agra

    November 21, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Pradhanmantri Grameen Awas Yojna, an ambitious housing scheme meant for rural poor in Agra . The housing scheme is expected to provide affordable houses to all those living below the poverty line by the year 2022. The Prime Minister will also distribute allotment letters to 50 beneficiaries of the scheme which aims to provide about 3 crore new housing units countrywide. Prime Minister Modi will also address a large gathering of the BJP supporters... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    Smriti Irani distributed PAHCHAN Identity Cards to Artisans in Gujarat

    November 21, 2016
    Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has distributed PAHCHAN identity cards to artisans of five clusters of Gujarat - Jamnagar, Naroda, Surendranagar, Amreli and Kalol.
    The cards will give national identity to the artisans who will be covered under a national database. The artisans can avail of benefit of any government scheme through these cards. Irani also announced that 20 artisans of each of the five clusters will be imparted training by nationally-acclaimed designers. The camp for... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Sindhu wins maiden Super Series Premier title

    November 21, 2016
    PV Sindhu won the 700000 US dollars China Open badminton tournament on 20 November 2016. This was the first Super Series Premier title for the Indian Olympic silver medallist and two-time bronze medallist at World Championship. In the summit clash that lasted for an hour and nine minutes, Sindhu defeated Sun Yu of China 21-11, 17-21, 21-11. The final was played at Fuzhou, China. With this win, she also became the third non-Chinese woman to win the title. The previous two winners were... Read More
    Category: Sports

    World s first Bollywood theme park opens in Dubai

    November 21, 2016
    Bollywood Parks, Dubai has opened with fanfare, fireworks, dance, music and simulator 4D shows based on hit Hindi-language movies.
    Visitors were greeted by ­performers dancing to thumping Bollywood music across the park with some atop a mock-up of a suburban Mumbai railway train and others outside the ­Rajmahal theatre, which will stage live musicals.
    Category: International

    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia receives Sumitra Charat Ram Award

    November 21, 2016
    Noted flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia (78) was conferred 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music. The prestigious award bestowed upon him by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at a function held in New Delhi. Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia  : Chaurasia had started learning vocal music at the tender age of 15 from his neighbour Pandit Rajaram. Later, he had switched over to playing the classical flute under the tutelage of Pandit Bholanath... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Income Tax Department to launch Project Insight in May

    November 21, 2016
    The Income Tax department is planning to implement the first phase of ‘Project Insight’ from May 2017 to monitor high value transactions, with a view to curbing the circulation of black money. This project has been initiated for data mining, collection, collation and processing of such information for effective risk management with a view to widening and deepening tax base. ‘Project Insight’ is an integrated platform that will utilize vast amount of information easily... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed globally

    November 21, 2016
    The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed globally on 20 November 2016 with the theme Vital post-crash actions: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice!. The Day is observed on every third Sunday of November by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. It is observed to remember millions who were killed or injured in road crashes. The Day has also become an important means to reduce road casualties.
    The United Nations General Assembly on... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Universal Children s Day observed on November

    November 21, 2016
    Universal Children’s Day was observed across the globe on 20 November 2016. The day is observed with an aim to promote the ideals and objectives of the United Nation’s Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. 20 November is the day when UNGA adopted the declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. On 14 December 1954, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recommended all countries should institute a Universal Children’s Day, which will be observed as a... Read More
    Category: Important Days



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