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  • Australia s Great Barrier Reef suffers worst coral die off on record

    November 30, 2016
    The Australians scientists has  announced that the Great Barrier Reef suffered from its worst coral die-off ever recorded. The scientists stated that warm seas around the Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700 kilometers stretch of coral in the past nine months. The northern region of the reef had escaped with minor damage in earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002. Highlights : The reef suffered its most severe bleaching in recorded history, due to warming sea... Read More

    RBI limits cash withdrawal from Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts

    November 30, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reduced the cash withdrawal limit from the  Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts to Rs 10000 a month only with an aim to protect farmers and rural Jan Dhan account holders from money launderers. It applies to know your customer (KYC) compliant PMJDY accounts funded through deposits of new bank notes after 9 November 2016.
    Highlights : PMJDY account holders, who want to withdraw more than Rs 10000 a month, will have to furnish appropriate... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    Astronaut vision may be impaired by spinal fluid changes Study

    November 30, 2016
    A recent research has found that astronauts may experience blurry vision and impaired eyesight after long spaceflights due to changes in spinal fluid that occur while in microgravity.
    The research was presented at annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Chicago on 28 November 2016. The syndrome known as 'Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure' (VIIP) was reported in nearly two-thirds of astronauts after long-duration missions aboard the International... Read More

    Supreme Court directs cinema halls to play National Anthem before film screening

    November 30, 2016
    The Supreme Court (SC) ordered all cinema halls across India to play the National Anthem before the screening of films. The apex court also directed that all present must "stand up in respect" till the anthem ends before the screening. The court also stated that the practice would "instill a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism." The direction was given by a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy. Highlights of the order : The top... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Trump nominated Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    November 30, 2016
    Donald Trump, the new President-elect of the United States, nominated Seema Verma to the post of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is the second Indian-American to be placed in one of the top administration positions, only after Nikki Haley, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a cabinet-level position under any US president. Seema Verma will be expected to work along with the newly elected Health and Human... Read More

    Parliament of Thailand invites Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become king

    November 30, 2016
    The Parliament of Thailand has  invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king of the country. The invitation completes a formal step for the heir apparent to take the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016. As per the established procedure, the prince will have to accept parliament's invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king. Maha Vajiralongkorn : Born on 28 July 1952, Maha Vajiralongkorn is the only son of King Bhumibol... Read More
    Category: International

    M M Kutty appointed Chief Secretary of Delhi

    November 30, 2016
    Senior IAS officer M. M. Kutty was appointed the Chief Secretary of Delhi. Kutty replaced K. K. Sharma, who was transferred to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development as Officer on Special Duty (OSD). The Union Government had sent back Kutty to his parent Union Territories cadre before the completion of the tenure of his Central deputation. Previously, Kutty, who is a 1985 batch IAS officer, was working as the Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Environment and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Gross NPAs of PSBs touch over lakh crores in July September

    November 30, 2016
    The Union Government has announced that the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of the Public sector banks (PSBs) have touched around 66 lakh 40 thousand in the three months period from July to September 2016.
    As on September 30, 2016 gross NPAs of the PSBs in the country rose to  Rs. 6,30,323 crore as against Rs. 5,50,346 crore by end of June 2016. It shows increase of Rs. 79,977 crore NPAs on quarter on quarter basis during this period. The incidence of NPAs is high in sectors like... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Sex Ratio at Birth at decline in India CRS data

    November 30, 2016
    According new  data from Civil  Registration System ( CRS) released by the Office of the Registrar General of India, Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) continues to worsen in India. The SRB has declined to 887 in 2014 from 898 in 2013. The  ratio  has  been  declining  since  2011  when  the  figure  was 909. Thus, Sex ratio at birth is still on the decline. The SRB based on CRS figures indicate the gap between registered male and female... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Myntra appoints Ajit Narayanan as its new CTO

    November 30, 2016
    Myntra's chief technology and product officer Shamik Sharma has moved into an advisory role at the Flipkart-owned fashion e-tailer, sources told TOI.
    According to people aware of the development, he is expected to leave Myntraafter a four-year stint. Sharma is currently transitioning out of his role at the company while also mentoring other startups, it is learnt. His move comes at a time when Myntra is trying to re-position the recently acquired smaller rival Jabong amid talks of it... Read More

    Susan Kiefel become Australia s first woman highest ranking judge

    November 30, 2016
    A former law firm receptionist Susan Kiefel is appointed as Australia’s first woman Chief Justice of Australia on November 29, 2016 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She will replace Justice Robert French Kiefel will become the 13th Chief Justice of Australia and the senior judge on the seven-judge bench She became the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland state in 1993. She is currently one of three women on the High Court bench and the longest serving judge after... Read More
    Category: Persons

    ICICI Bank to convert villages into digital in days

    November 30, 2016
    Private sector lender ICICI Bank will transform 100 villages into digital villages in as many days to enable villagers go in cash less banking and payments transactions.
    These villages, which will be spread across the length and breadth of the country, will enable villagers to use digital channels for banking and payments transactions . The bank continues to be a catalyst to accelerate development in our country. We strongly feel that technology can play an important role in putting... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Manipur hosts World War II Vintage Jeep Rally

    November 30, 2016
    Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh flagged off World War II Vintage Jeep Rally from Koirengei Old Air Field . Apart from nine vintage jeeps, around 30 to 35 motorcycles and cycles also took part in this rally which was organised as a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival. The main objective to organise this event was to spread a message of peace and reconciliation and evils of war. The event was organised by the Second World War Imphal Campaign Foundation and Manipur Tourism Forum and the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Losar Festival being celebrated in J K

    November 30, 2016
    The festival of Losar has begun in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region. 10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer.
    Losar is Tibetan word for ‘new year’ and this festival is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh. Following the old tradition, people from Ladakh visit graveyards of ancestor family members and pray for peace for... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    India s first bicycle highway inaugurated in UP

    November 30, 2016
    Asia’s first and longest cycle highway was inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh. It is also India’s first cycle highway. The 207-km-long cycle highway runs between Etawah and Agra. It was inaugurated by state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The cycle highway has been constructed by the UP public works department. It runs parallel to the main highway. It is about 7-feet-wide and is separated by a divider from main highway which ensures the safety of cyclists. The track begins from the lion... Read More

    th IFFI Concluded in Goa

    November 30, 2016
    The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which was inaugurated by noted filmmaker Ramesh Sippy on 20 November 2016, came to a close on 28 November in Goa, India.
    The inauguration of the event was also attended by the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting – M Venkaiah Naidu and South Korea’s Ambassador to India- Hyun Cho. The focus country this time was the Republic of Korea.
    The festival saw the screening of over 300 films from as many as 90... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Son has no right to reside in parent s house Delhi HC

    November 30, 2016
    The Delhi High Court held the son, irrespective of his marital status has no legal right to live in his parent’s house. Parent’s house means, the house self-acquired by the father/mother. In its judgement, the court said the son can reside in there only at his parent's mercy up to the time the parents allow. The judgment was pronounced Justice Pratibha Rani while dismissing an appeal by a man and his wife challenging the order of a trial court. The trial court asked the couple... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bangladesh to honour martyrs of the Indian Army

    November 30, 2016
    Bangladesh will honour the families of 1668 martyrs of the Indian Army who fought in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, which resulted in the liberation of East Pakistan (Bangladesh), on the event’s 45th anniversary. According to the Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Huq, families of all the martyred soldiers will receive Rs 5 lakh as a mark of respect. The amount would be handed over by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina during her visit to Delhi between 18- 20... Read More
    Category: International



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