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  • Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to roll out Twitter Seva

    September 9, 2016
    Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country  to roll out the ambitious "Twitter Seva" project, when in one go 122 Twitter handles were unveiled in the state capital.
    The "live customer services resolution solution", senior officials of the micro-blogging site said was by far the biggest engagement by them with any department of any government in India.
    The idea behind the service was to "provide the UP police, among other things, strengthening of... Read More

    NASA launches OSIRIS REx to collect samples from asteroid

    September 9, 2016
    The US space agency, NASA, on 8 September 2016 launched OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft.
    The unmanned spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, blasted off onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. OSIRIS-REx is United States’ first mission to collect samples from an asteroid and return to Earth. The 800 million dollar mission will travel for two years on a journey to... Read More

    ICICI Bank First bank to introduce Software Robotics for power banking operations

    September 9, 2016
    India’s largest private sector bank ICICI Bank has successfully deployed ‘Software Robotics’ for power banking operations. With this, it becomes first bank in the country and among few globally to deploy ‘Software Robotics’.
    ICICI Bank has deployed Software Robotics to over 200 business processes across various functions. The 200 business processes include retail banking operations, agri-business, trade & foreign exchange, treasury and human resources... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    GST Bill gets nod by President Pranab Mukherjee

    September 9, 2016
    President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Constitution 122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 as per Article 111 of Constitution of India on 8 September 2016. With this assent, the bill becomes law and allows rolling out a new indirect tax regime. After the Presidential assent, the bill will be notified to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council that will decide the tax rate, cess and surcharges. The council to be headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will comprise of state Finance... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Maharashtra announces Rs lakh cash reward to Lalita Babar

    September 9, 2016
    Maharashtra Government has announced a cash reward of Rs 75 lakh to steeplechase specialist from the state Lalita Babar, who finished a creditable 10th at the Rio Olympics, and Rs 50 lakh to bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who announced these cash rewards, said the five athletes from Maharashtra who took part in the last month’s Games will get Rs 50 lakh each. He also gave a cash award of Rs 75 lakh to Olympic silver medallist in women’s... Read More

    Pankaj Advani recommended for Padma Bhushan

    September 9, 2016
    Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has once again recommended Pankaj Advani for the Padma Bhushan award, India's third-highest civilian honour.
    Advani, a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker, was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award. He is a deserving candidate and hopefully he would get the award this time. Advani has already been conferred with a Padma Shri (2009), Khel Ratna (2005-06) and Arjuna Award (2004). The... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Sushil Kumar nominated for Padma Bhushan

    September 9, 2016
    Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) nominated the two-time Olympic-medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar for the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civillian honour. The Federation also recommended female wrestler Alka Tomar and Dronacharya awardee Yashvir Singh, Sushil's coach, for the honour. These three names were recommended for the honour in August 2016. Earlier, Sushil's name was recommended for the honour two years ago but was rejected. Sushil is the only Indian athlete to... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    West Bengal records highest dengue deaths in country

    September 9, 2016
    West Bengal has reported the highest number of dengue deaths in the country so far this year with the figure till August end standing at 22, Union Health Ministry has said on its website. Dengue deaths in West Bengal this year is up from 14 in 2015 when Delhi had earned the distinction of recording the highest number of deaths due to the disease at 60. A list on the website of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme under the Directorate General of Health Services of the Ministry of... Read More
    Category: Environment

    World s biggest river island Majuli gets district status

    September 9, 2016
    Majuli, the 400 sq km island on the Brahmaputra has become the first river island district of India, with this Majuli becoming the 35th district of Assam.
    This was one of the first decisions taken by the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam, on their first cabinet meeting on May 24th, after coming to power with a thumping majority. It regained the status of world's largest riverine island in the Guinness Book of World Records on September 1.  The island, which is the cultural... Read More
    Category: Places

    Satbir Singh appointed as next Ambassador of India to Algeria

    September 9, 2016
    Mr. Satbir Singh, presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1985 batch. Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. Many empires have left legacies here, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza. In the capital, Algiers, Ottoman landmarks like circa-1612... Read More

    Integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses Vehicle Registration Certificates launched

    September 9, 2016
    The Union Government has launched a new service -integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses (DL) & Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC).  It was jointly launched by Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. With this integration people will no longer need to carry around physical copies of their Driving Licences and RCs. Using... Read More

    ISRO launches advanced weather satellite INSAT DR

    September 9, 2016
    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched advanced weather satellite, INSAT-3DR on 8 September 2016. The advanced weather satellite was launched with the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. GSLV-F05, the tenth flight of India's GSLV, carried 2211 kg INSAT-3DR into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). GSLV is designed to inject 2 - 2.5 ton class of satellites into GTO. After reaching GTO, INSAT-3DR... Read More

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