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  • MoU signed for enabling online submission of applications under PMAY

    November 3, 2016
    The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has inked MoU with Common Services Centre (CSC), a SPV of Ministry of Information Technology for enabling online submission of applications under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
    The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister for IT Ravi Shankar Prasad. It will enable online submission of applications by the urban poor for affordable houses... Read More

    IISER researchers develop Gelator to scoop out marine oil spills

    November 3, 2016
    The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram, developed a compound, called Gelator, to scoop out marine oil spills. The results based on laboratory studies were published recently in the journal Angewandte Chemie. A team led by Dr. Kana M. Sureshan from the School of Chemistry used glucose as a starting material and through several chemical reactions produced compounds (gelators) that selectively congeal oil, including crude oil, from an oil-water... Read More

    Sports Ministry tells NSFs to identify Olympics Medal Prospects

    November 3, 2016
    The Union Sports Ministry has directed the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to shortlist names of potential medalists along with their support staff for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. They have been asked to submit the list by 30 November 2016. The direction was approved by the Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel. The potential medalists will get a head start in their Olympic preparations and a chance to work with the best support staff. Performance of the chosen players along with their... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Mariano Rajoy re elected as Prime Minister of Spain

    November 3, 2016
    Mariano Rajoy  was re-elected as the Prime Minister of Spain after winning a parliamentary vote. 170 lawmakers voted for him, 111 against and 68 abstained. With this, Spain has its first fully functioning government since December 2015, when a general election left no party with a majority. Mariano Rajoy : Mariano Rajoy became leader of the People's Party in 2004. He was the Leader of the Opposition between 2004 and 2011 under Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government. He became... Read More
    Category: Persons

    RBI directs banks to dispense more rupees notes through ATMs

    November 3, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)had directed all the banks to dispense more 100 rupees notes through ATMs within the next 15 days. The decision came after a review of steps taken by banks for installing ATMs dispensing lower denomination banknotes was conducted. After the review, it was found that very few banks had taken initiatives in setting up ATMs dispensing lower denomination notes including 100 rupees banknotes. In keeping with the objectives of Clean Note Policy and to ensure that... Read More

    NASA completes construction of James Webb Space Telescope

    November 3, 2016
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has  completed the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after more than 20 years of hard work. This largest-ever space telescope is expected to launch in 2018 following the in-depth testing. Highlights of the Telescope : The telescope has 18 large mirrors that will collect infrared light, sheltered behind a tennis-court-size sun shield. It is considered as the successor to NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope.... Read More

    SC grants pension to fake freedom fighters

    November 3, 2016
    The Supreme Court (SC) has granted pension to the fake freedom fighters on humanitarian grounds. However, on the other hand, the court ordered inquiry into alleged forging of freedom fighter certificates to claim pension. In August 2005, SC appointed Justice A B Palkar Commission to examine the case of a large number of people claiming pension as freedom fighters by allegedly forging certificates in Beed district of Maharashtra.
    The court said that those falsely claiming to have... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Sarabjit Singh Marwah becomes Canada s first Sikh Senator

    November 3, 2016
    Kolkata-born Sarabjit Singh Marwah became the first Sikh to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Toronto-based Marwah is among six people from Ontario who have been appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Sarabjit Singh Marwah :  Sarabjit Singh Marwah was born in Kolkata in 1952. He completed his schooling from St Xavier's School. He is an alumnus of Delhi's St Stephen's College and the Delhi School of Economics and holds an MBA degree from the University... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Freedom of the Press report released

    November 3, 2016
    Freedom House, a non-government watchdog, on 2 November 2015 released the Freedom of the Press 2016 report. The report was released with theme, The Battle for the Dominant Message. As per the annual report, press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015. It happened because the political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power. With respect to India, the report found that freedom to the press is partly free with... Read More
    Category: International

    India New Zealand ink three agreements including avoidance of double taxation

    November 3, 2016
    India and New Zealand signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation avoidance (DTA), sports and food security to carry forward the ties between both sides. The agreements were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his New Zealand counterpart John Key after the delegation-level talks in New Delhi. Both countries have reached an understanding on further cooperation on cyber security, counter-terrorism, customs, education and food safety Arrangement between the... Read More

    Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar wins Sakharov Prize

    November 3, 2016
    Two Yazidi women, Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar, who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize.
    The announcement of the year's joint laureates was made following a decision by European Parliament on 27 October 2016.  The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 14 December.
    Category: Awards and Honours

    World Bank appoints Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive

    November 3, 2016
    Kristalina Georgieva, a former head of EU humanitarian affairs and vice-president of the European commission,has been appointed chief executive of the World Bank. The Bulgarian, who recently lost out in the race to become UN secretary general, will report to the bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim. Although the title of CEO is newly created, Georgieva will effectively replace Sri Mulyani Indrawati,formerly the bank’s managing director and chief operating officer, who was appointed... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Finance Ministry releases Rs crore for restoration of infrastructure in J K

    November 3, 2016
    The finance ministry has released first instalment of special assistance of Rs 1,093.34 crore for repair and permanent restoration of damaged public buildings in Jammu and Kashmir in pursuance of the announcement made by the Prime Minister last November. A total sum of Rs 2,000 crore has been provided for permanent restoration of damaged Infrastructure such as schools, colleges, hospitals, bus stations and other critical public infrastructure under Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan for... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Indian actor Rekha to get Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai film fest

    November 3, 2016
    Indian actor Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region with both Doha and Abu Dhabi having shut shop some time ago. In a four-decade career that saw her act in 180 movies, Rekha’s first steps into filmdom were unimpressive and seemed dangerously close to being one that would crash even before taking off Although her... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    November declared No Tobacco Day in Punjab

    November 3, 2016
    Punjab government will observe November 1 as ‘No Tobacco Day’ in an effort to discourage tobacco use in the state. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has issued directions to all the deputy commissioners in this regard. He said the state government is committed towards better health of the people of the state. Principal health secretary Vini Mahajan said the aim of this campaign is to reduce prevalence of tobacco or nicotine use in Punjab in order to reduce prevalence of... Read More

    Lieutenant General J S Sandhu takes charge as GoC of Chinar Corps

    November 3, 2016
    Lieutenant General J S Sandhu has taken charge as the General officer Commanding of the Army's strategic Chinar Corps which is responsible for guarding the Line of Control in Kashmir Valley.
    Commissioned into the 5th Gorkha Rifles regiment, he has had an illustrious military career spanning 36 years during which he held several prestigious command, staff and instructional appointments. The General officer has an incisive understanding of Jammu and Kashmir, having served five earlier... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Saptarshi Roy takes charge as Human Resource Director of NTPC

    November 3, 2016
    State-owned NTPC said that Saptarshi Roy has taken over the charge as its Director (HR).
    Roy (56 years) is graduate in electrical engineering, with career spanning over 36 years of outstanding contribution in NTPC as Regional Executive Director (North) and ER-I Regions as well as Executive Director (Corporate Planning) besides Head of HR at Projects and Corporate Office.
    NTPC Limited : NTPC Limited is an Indian PSU Public Sector Undertaking, engaged in the business of generation of... Read More
    Category: Defence

    S Nihal Singh To Get Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award

    November 3, 2016
    Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh has been chosen for the 'Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award' for his outstanding contribution to journalism which is presented by the Press Council of India (PCI).
    The award will be presented on November 16 and carries a cash component of Rs 1 lakh. The PCI also announced other winners of the National Journalism Awards 2016, as per which Renjith Jonh of Deepika Daily has been chosen for his work for the award on Rural journalism and Developmental... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    RBI Opened Second Banking Ombudsman Office In New Delhi

    November 3, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India has set up the second office of the banking ombudsman at its office in New Delhi. The new office has been opened in view of the significant increase in banking network during the recent past and the large jurisdiction being covered by the present office of the ombudsman, New Delhi. The first office of the banking ombudsman at RBI, New Delhi, will have jurisdiction over Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. The second office will have jurisdiction over Haryana (except... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Bindeshwar Pathak appointed as brand ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission

    November 3, 2016
    Ministry of Railways has appointed Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International, as a Brand Ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission. Minister of Railway Suresh Prabhu felicitated Pathak at a function in New Delhi. As part of the mission, Sulabh International has been assigned the task to clean some important railway stations across the country. Sulabh International is an India-based social service organization which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation,... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Indian shuttler Pratul wins men s singles title at Bahrain International Challenge

    November 3, 2016
    Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi won the men’s singles title of the Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament on 30 October 2016. This was his maiden international title. In the summit clash played at Segayya in Bahrain, Pratul defeated Aditya Joshi 21-17, 12-21, 21-15. On the other hand, the women’s singles title went to Sri fatmawati of Indonesia. In the final clash, she defeated compatriot Asty Dwi Widyaningru. Indians to reach the finals in the tournament... Read More
    Category: Sports



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