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  • IAS officer wins gold in Asian Para Badminton Championships

    November 28, 2016
    IAS officer Suhas LY struck gold in the Asian Para-Badminton Championships that was held in Beijing by defeating Indonesian player Harry Susanto in straight sets by 21-4 and 21-11. Suhas, who is posted as the Azamgarh district magistrate, got a wildcard entry to the championships and ensured his seat in the finals by winning six consecutive matches. The 2007 batch officer defeated Wang Hwan Sing of Korea in the semifinals. Suhas was part of the 26-member Indian team that landed in the... Read More

    Government launches e Pashuhaat portal to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals

    November 28, 2016
    The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare launched e-pashuhaat portal to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals. The portal will act as a single online e-trading market platform, including availability of bovine germplasm. It will enable the farmers to buy bovine animals, frozen semen and embryo. Highlights : e-pashuhaat portal will connect farmers with breeders- State, Central, Co-operative, Milk Federations, and private agencies. It will provide information related to certification... Read More

    Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passes away

    November 28, 2016
    Anand Yadav, the Sahitya Akademi awardee Marathi author, died on 27 November 2016 in Pune. He was 80.
    He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1991 for his autobiography 'Zombi'. During his illustrious career, Yadav faced a major controversy over his book 'Santsurya Tukaram', wrote on Sant Tukaram, a 17th-century saint poet from Maharashtra.
    Anand Yadav : Born on 30 November 1935 in the village Kagal near Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Yadav was one of the early writers of Marathi... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Melting of Arctic ice cap could trigger catastrophic climate change

    November 28, 2016
    Arctic scientists have warned that the rapid melting of ice cap stands at a risk of triggering 19 ‘tipping points’ in the region. According to the Arctic Resilience Report, this arctic warming could cause uncontrollable climate change across the globe, affecting even far-off areas like the Indian Ocean and leading to devastating consequences.
    Currently, the temperature in the Arctic region is around 20 degrees, much above the expected temperature. The extent of the sea ice too... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Tata Steel replaces Cyrus Mistry as Chairman

    November 28, 2016
    The Board of Tata Steel  voted to remove Cyrus Mistry as the Chairman of the company. The Board voted to appoint O.P. Bhatt, former Chairman of State Bank of India, as the Interim Chairman of the company. The company also stated that it has summoned an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 21 December 2016 to remove Mistry and Nusli Wadia, who is an independent director, from the company’s board. Six Tata Group companies, namely Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services... Read More

    Pink invited for special screening at UN HQ

    November 28, 2016
    Pink, the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Bollywood film, has been invited by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for a special screening at its headquarters in New York, USA. Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and written by Ritesh Shah, the film- a modern Indian courtroom drama- highlights the issue of gender violence. It is by far being considered as one of the best works by the all-time Bollywood superstar- Amitabh Bachchan and one of the most successful releases of 2016. The... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    Third Gender to be included in Rail reservation forms

    November 28, 2016
    In a historic move, the Indian Railways and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) have included ‘transgender as the third gender’ in the gender option along with male and female in the railway ticket reservation and cancellation forms. The decision stands for both offline and online booking. It was taken in accordance with the judgment passed by the Supreme Court of India in the NALSA vs Union of India case on 15 April 2014. The court then had directed the Union... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    IFFI nominates movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

    November 28, 2016
    The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated eight movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television (ICFT) and Audio-visual Communication UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
    Festival Director Senthil Rajan said, Allama is the only Indian film competing for the prestigious award. The remaining seven are from Canada, Spain, Iran, Turkey, Israel, The Netherlands and Latvia.
    All 8 films are being screened at the ongoing IFFI in Panaji, Goa.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Jharkhand adopts new bill to curb job racket

    November 28, 2016
    The Jharkhand government has introduced a strict law against placement agencies to rein in those involved in exploiting people on the pretext of giving employment outside the state. The government framed ?Jharkhand Nizi Niyozan Abhikaran and Gharelu Kamgar (viniyam) vidheyak 2016 (Jharkhand private employment agency and domestic employee bill) which was passed by the assembly recently. The bill was taken up at the behest of Chief Minister Raghubar Das who had advocated strong action against... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Assam hill station to host festival on sports culture

    November 28, 2016
    Assam's picturesque hill station Haflong will host the three-day 'Judima Festival' next month when tourists can indulge in a number of adventure sports like trekking, hiking, angling and satiate their taste buds by gulping one of the best traditional brews of the region.
    The theme of the festival, to be held on December 18-20, will be centered on preservation, promotion and nurturing of ethnic culture, music, dance, craft and folk-art of Dimasa tribals living in Dima Hasao... Read More

    Indian Navy s seventh landing craft utility L launched by GRSE

    November 28, 2016
    Indian Navy’s seventh landing craft utility (LCU) L-57 was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal. LCU L-57 is the largest ship of this kind built anywhere in the world. It is the seventh vessel in the series of eight LCU Ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. LCU L-57 is fully designed in-house by GRSE. It is designed for a maximum speed of 15 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
    It has a... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa appointed Pakistan Army chief

    November 28, 2016
    Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed Pakistan’s new army chief (or Chief of Army Staff , COAS). He will succeed Gen. Raheel Sharif who has formally retired from service. He was elevated to the rank of four-star general by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan. The Pakistani army is world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers. The army has played a prominent role in Pakistan’s politics since its independence in 1947 and so... Read More
    Category: Defence

    st Annual DGPs Conference held in Hyderabad

    November 28, 2016
    The 51st Annual Conference of Directors-General of Police of States was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad, Telangana. The three day (from November 25-27, 2016) conference was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. It was attended by around 100 DGPs of states, Director Generals of Central paramilitary forces and their Inspectors General. The Conference focused on cross-border terrorism, infiltration and radicalisation of youth into... Read More

    Rajasthan Government to launch Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap price

    November 28, 2016
    Rajasthan Government has decided to start Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap and affordable price to people belonging to the weaker section and labourers.  The main beneficiary of the scheme will be rickshaw pullers, labourers, auto drivers, students, working women, elders and other weaker section. The food under this programme will be provided at subsidized rates, breakfast at Rs 5 per plate and lunch/dinner at Rs 8 per plate. In the first phase the scheme will... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    November National Milk Day

    November 28, 2016
    The National Milk Day (NMD) was observed on 26 November is to mark birth anniversary Dr.Verghese Kurien, father of the White Revolution in India. This year it was 95th birth anniversary of Dr.Verghese Kurien and third edition of observance of the day since it was established in 2014. To mark this event, all dairy cooperatives across the country had conducted a mega activation in all markets across the country. In addition, the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets... Read More

    Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR

    November 28, 2016
    The Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR in an attempt to keep the rising pollution level of the capital and its surrounding areas under check. The order of apex means that any sale, purchase or stocking of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR will be rendered illegal.
    The a ban on firecrackers also links to winter pollution The Supreme Court ruling also sends a clear message that religious and wedding celebrations take second place to the basic fundamental right to breathe... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    RBI introduces incremental CRR to manage excess liquidity in banking system

    November 28, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced an incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of 100% for fortnight to absorb excess liquidity in the banking system following demonetisation.
    CRR is the proportion of deposits that banks have to keep as cash with the RBI (or the central bank). Banks do not earn any interest on CRR balances kept with the RBI. Banks have to maintain 100% CRR for incremental deposits they received between September 16, 2016 and November 11, 2016. The incremental CRR... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Union Government launches AirSewa website and app to track flights register complaints

    November 28, 2016
    The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation launched AirSewa website and app to track flights, register complaints to offer people a convenient and hassle-free air travel experience. Both include a mechanism for grievance redressal, back-office operations for grievance handling, flight status and airport information. Highlights : Passengers can register their grievances through this new service by uploading voice or video along with an elaborate description about their grievances. On reporting... Read More

    Aditi Ashok wins inaugural Qatar Ladies Open

    November 28, 2016
    Indian golfer Aditi Ashok won the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha. With this, she recorded her second straight victory on the Ladies European Tour. Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 to card a total of 15-under. She finished three strokes ahead of Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall. Nanna Koerstz Madsen ended in fourth place on 11-under-par. Annabel Dimmock ended in fifth and Nicole Garcia in sixth. Georgia Hall and Becky Morgan were joint seventh. Aditi Ashok : Aditi Ashok is an... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Sachin Singh wins gold at the AIBA Youth World Championships

    November 28, 2016
    Sachin Singh 2016 became the third Indian boxer to bag gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Championships. In the summit clash at St Petersburg, Russia, Sachin recorded a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in the 49kg weight class. Sachin defeated his rival 5-0 to record a rare Indian triumph over a Cuban boxer. 16-year-old Sachin has joined Thokchom Nanao Singh (2008) and Vikas Krishan (2010) in the Indian youth world championships gold club. With this, India... Read More
    Category: Sports

    George Yeo Chancellor of Nalanda University resigns

    November 28, 2016
    The Chancellor of Nalanda University, George Yeo, resigned on 25 November 2016. He cited that when he was invited to take charge he was “repeatedly assured that the University would have autonomy. This appears not to be the case now”. Yeo also stated that the dissolution of the Governing Board of the university and creation of a new one came as a complete surprise to him. He stated that he was neither involved nor consulted before the decision was taken. Earlier on 23 November... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Death Under the Deodars authored by Ruskin Bond released

    November 28, 2016
    The much-popular writer, storyteller Ruskin Bond has returned after a long sabbatical with a brand new collection of stories titled ‘Death under the Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean’.
    The book consisting of 8 fresh thriller stories is set in the popular holiday destination, Mussoorie, in the bygone era of 1960-70. Through the stories, the writer narrates a murder mystery featuring an elderly woman- Miss Ripley-Bean and her friends.
    It has been published by... Read More
    Category: Books & Authors

    Mariamma Koshy is new Hockey India President

    November 28, 2016
    Former Hockey player Mariamma Koshy took charge of Hockey India as its president with immediate effect on 25 November 2016. Hockey India, during its 41st Hockey India Executive Board meet, announced that Koshy will head the national body. Koshy, 63, succeeds Narinder Dhruv Batra, who in recent past was elected as the first ever non-European chief of the sport's governing body International Hockey Federation (FIH). Earlier in November 2016, Batra made history by becoming the first Indian... Read More
    Category: Sports

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