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  • PM Narendra Modi launches Indian Police at Your Call mobile app

    November 29, 2016
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had launched the ‘Indian Police at Your Call’ mobile app at a national police conference held in Hyderabad. It was organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The app is a GIS Map based interface for the citizens to locate police stations near to their current location so that they can easily reach the police station in case of emergency. The app was developed by Nation Information Centre (NIC). It has been developed on Android and iOS... Read More

    Conflicts of Interest My Journey through India s Green Movement authored by Sunita Narain

    November 29, 2016
    The book titled Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement was in news in the last week of November 2016 as it was acquired by Penguin India. The book is Narain’s personal account. The book includes an “environmental manifesto” in which she lays out an outline for the direction India must take, if it is to deal with the exigencies of climate change and environmental degradation. In the book, Narain goes on to discuss how corporate lobbies and... Read More
    Category: Books & Authors

    Xenophobia is Dictionary com s Word of the Year for

    November 29, 2016
    The website Dictionary.com named the word 'Xenophobia' as the Word of the Year for 2016. According to Dictionary.com, there was a massive surge in lookups for the word 'Xenophobia' that was larger than any of the peaks seen in 2016. This rise in lookups was connected to attacks on foreign workers and overall rising xenophobia in South Africa. The largest spike in Dictionary.com’s data for the word was in the month of June 2016 with a 938 per cent increase in... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

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    Plane carrying Brazilian first division football team crashes in Colombia

    November 29, 2016
    An aeroplane carrying 81 people on board including Brazilian first division soccer team crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. The Brazilian soccer team was travelling to Colombia for a regional tournament final. The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained. As per reports, about 25 bodies have been recovered from the site of the air crash, while five people were rescued alive. Three players are among the five survivors. According to Medellin's airport... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Amazon to sell Amul products online in the US

    November 29, 2016
    In an exclusive association, e-commerce giant Amazon is going to sell popular Indian dairy brand Amul’s products online in the United States. The alliance is a part of Amazon’s Global Selling Programme, which was launched in India in May 2015. It will bring the brand’s products within reach of American consumers. Initially, Amazon will only be putting up Amul Ghee and Gulab Jamun for sale but more would be following suit. Amul Ghee according to the website is one of the top... Read More

    Lt General A K Bhatt appointed as Director General of Military Operations

    November 29, 2016
    Lt-General A K Bhatt was appointed as the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) on 28 November 2016 . Lt-Gen Bhatt will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh, who declared at a press briefing that Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on 29 September 2016. While, Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh will now head the 1 Corps (headquarters at Mathura), which is one of four strike corps among the 14 corps of the 1.3 million strong Army. He... Read More
    Category: Defence

    RBI relaxes cash withdrawal limits from bank accounts

    November 29, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the cash withdrawal limit from the bank accounts with an aim to spur the deposits on 28 November 2016. The depositors, who have made the deposits in the current legal tender notes, can now withdraw that amount over and above the weekly limit of Rs 24000. This move comes as a relief for certain depositors who were hesitating to deposit their monies into bank accounts due to the current limits on cash withdrawals from accounts. The withdrawals will... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Goa to become India s first cashless state

    November 29, 2016
    Amidst the confusion created by demonetization, the Indian state of Goa prepares itself to become the first state to operate cashless in the country from 31 December 2016.
    This announcement was made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also the former Chief Minister of the state, during a rally at Sankhali on 25 November 2016. The plan includes making even small vendors selling perishable goods accustomed to mobile payment. All vendors would be given Mobile Money Identifier (MMI)... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu to head CMs Committee on Demonetisation

    November 29, 2016
    The Union Government has decided to constitute a sub-committee of Chief Ministers of five states in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes.
    The committee will be headed by Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu.
    It will  suggest measures to normalise the situation. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called up Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to be part of the... Read More
    Category: Committee

    Iranian film Daughter wins Golden Peacock award at IFFI

    November 29, 2016
    Iranian film “Daughter” has won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). It has been directed by Reza Mirkarimi. It is a family drama set in southern Iran. It brings out intergenerational conflict between a strict father and a young daughter. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore conferred these awards during the concluding ceremony of IFFI held in Goa. Special jury award: The Throne (South Korea)... Read More

    Akodara becomes India s first Digital Village

    November 29, 2016
    Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat has earned the coveted tag of becoming India’s first digital village in India. The village with a total population of 1,191 people and 250 households uses a various cashless system for payments of goods and services.
    All transactions in the village are carried out through digital modes like SMS, net-banking or debit cards. The village was adopted by ICICI Bank under its Digital Village Project in 2015 and made cashless by adopting... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Nico Rosberg wins F title as Lewis Hamilton wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    November 29, 2016
    Lewis Hamilton win his 53rd Grand Prix title , while Rosberg, Sebastian, Verstappen claims the second, third and fourth position respectively on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. After Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg win the Formula One championship with 385 points (9 wins) and Hamilton hold the second position with 380 points(10 wins) Rosberg become Germany’s third champion after Graham Hill and Briton Damon Hill
    Category: Sports

    NASA to Work With UAE on Mars Probe

    November 29, 2016
    US space agency NASA will work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency to put communications capability on the UAE's Mars spacecraft Hope that will reach the Red Planet in 2021. Dr Gale Allen, NASA's Deputy Chief Scientist, in an interview to Gulf News said that the development is part of an umbrella agreement for collaboration between the two agencies. For the Mars probe, one of things that is very interesting to us is an opportunity to put communications capability on the... Read More

    Second Edition of Windmill Festival to be held in Mumbai

    November 29, 2016
    The second edition of Windmill Festival– ‘India’s First International Children’s Festival’ is scheduled to be held on January 14th and 15th, 2017 at Reliance Jio Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival is a joint initiative of Event Capital and Tribe Asia. Windmill Festival Windmill Festival, is a kind of playful festival that has something to offer for the entire family. It is aimed at children of all age groups, from toddlers to pre-teens and the parents... Read More
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    India s first underwater festival Organised in Pune

    November 29, 2016
    Pune-based company, Finkick Adventures is organizing the India’s First Underwater Festival at the Finkick Adventures SCUBA Diving Center, Divisional Sports Complex, Rahim Shaikh Road, Yerawada, Pune on November 27, 2016. To promote is awareness about the state of marine life and encourage people to conserve it. The underwater festival is organized for both swimmers and non-swimmers above 10 years of age.Regular passes are available for Rs. 1750-2500 while VIP passes for Rs.... Read More

    RBL Bank ties up with Bajaj finance for co branded credit cards

    November 29, 2016
    Private sector lender RBL Bank, has tied up with non banking finance company Bajaj Finance, to launch a series of co-branded credit cards for Indian customers. The first of these credit cards is proposed to be launched in the fourth quarter of FY17.
    The co-branded cards are targeted at the large segment of people in metros and non-metros who have no credit cards. These will have many customer-friendly features, including no-cost EMI options, easy borrowing rates, digital payment solutions... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and Canara Bank tie up

    November 29, 2016
    Canara Bank and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance  signed a corporate agency agreement for distribution of Bajaj Allianz's general insurance products through Canara Bank's network of 5,920 branches across the country. Under the strategic agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer its industry leading general insurance products to the customers of Canara Bank, Bajaj Allianz. A bouquet of personal lines of products such as Motor Insurance, Home Insurance, Health Insurance,... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board sets up two advisory committees

    November 29, 2016
    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has set up two high-level advisory committees to gather inputs from experts, including on service providers and corporate liquidation. IBBI has been set up under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and is expected to soon operationalize. The two committees have begun their deliberations. The advisory committee on services: It will be headed by educationist Mohandas Pai. It includes National Stock Exchange Vice-Chairman Ravi Narain, SEBI... Read More
    Category: Committee

    India hosts golden jubilee celebrations of UNCITRAL in New Delhi

    November 29, 2016
    India hosted the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) celebrations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New Delhi. The opening address at international conference of the golden jubilee celebrations of UNCITRAL was given by President Pranab Mukherjee. United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)  :  UNCITRAL was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 1966 to promote the progressive unification and harmonisation of... Read More

    WHO settles India EU medicine dispute issue

    November 29, 2016
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has dropped the term ‘counterfeit’ and retained ‘falsified’ to describe medicines of inferior quality.
    This decision was taken by a WHO’s technical working group on draft working definitions of substandard/spurious /falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products. It settles longstanding India, EU medicine dispute and battle about labelling of drugs. It is considered as a significant victory for the global... Read More
    Category: International

    Argentina defeats Croatia to win Davis Cup

    November 29, 2016
    Argentina won its maiden Davis Cup title after defeating Croatia in the final on 27 November 2016. In the final match, Argentina’s Federico Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to give Argentina its first title. As of 2016, the Argentina Davis Cup team has competed in the World Group since 2002 and reached the finals five times (1981, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2016). At present, Argentina is Number 1 on the Davis Cup ranking by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).  Davis... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Taxation Laws Second Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

    November 29, 2016
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has introduced the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha on 28 November 2016. The Bill that amends tax laws seeks to impose a higher rate of tax and penalty in respect of undisclosed incomes. This amendment bill has proposed to tax at 50 percent the unaccounted demonetised cash that is disclosed voluntary till 30 December 2016. Highlights  :  It says, up to 85 percent tax and penalty will be levied on undisclosed wealth that is... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Francois Fillon wins France s Conservative Presidential primary

    November 29, 2016
    Former Prime Minister, Francois Fillon has won France’s conservative presidential primary, defeating opponent Alain Juppe by a landslide.
    He will be up against National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the final presidential race, scheduled to be held in 2017.  His vote count amounted to about 69.5% in comparison to Juppe’s 30.5%.
    While Fillon’s political campaign mainly revolved around the promise of radical economic reforms, Juppe was more on the moderate side... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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