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  • Indians test positive for Zika Virus in Singapore

    September 1, 2016
    The Union External Affairs Ministry has officially confirmed that 13 Indians have been tested positive for the Zika virus in Singapore .These cases of outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported among the three dozen workers on a construction site in Singapore.  Meanwhile, Singapore also has confirmed its first case of a pregnant woman testing positive for the Zika virus infection. The number of cases of the Zika virus in the city-state has rose to 115.
    It should be... Read More

    Union Cabinet approves grant of Permanent Residency Status for Foreign Investors

    September 1, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has approved the scheme for granting of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors. However, this status will be subject to the relevant conditions in the FDI Policy notified by the Central Government from time to time.  The scheme is expected to encourage foreign investment in India and facilitate Make in India Programme.Under the scheme, suitable provisions will be incorporated in the Visa Manual to provide for the grant of PRS to foreign investors. The PRS... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    BRICS Convention on Tourism begins in Madhya Pradesh

    September 1, 2016
    The 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism has begun at UNESCO World heritage site Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh to promote intra-regional tourism. The two day convention was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism and Culture.
    The convention has been organised as a precursor to the BRICS Summit to be held in Goa in October 2016. In this two day convention, delegates from the BRICS countries viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are participating. It will consists of... Read More

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    Michel Temer sworn in as President of Brazil

    September 1, 2016
    Michel Temer, Brazil's former Vice President, was on 31 August 2016 sworn in as the President of Brazil. Temer is expected to stay in power until the next scheduled election in late 2018. His appointment came following the removal of Dilma Rousseff from the office through the Senators' voting. Senators voted 61-20 to convict Rousseff for illegally using money from state banks to boost public spending, an act seen as a leading factor behind the massive 60 billion US dollars deficit,... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Brazil President Dilma Rousseff removed from office by Brazilian Senate

    September 1, 2016
    Brazil’s Senate has  removed President Dilma Rousseff from office for breaking budgetary laws, thus, putting an end to the impeachment process that has paralyzed the politics of the nation for nine months. A total of 61 senators voted in favour of her dismissal and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove Rousseff from the presidency for illegally using money from state banks to boost public spending. With this, the 13 years of rule of leftist Workers Party came... Read More

    Sony Pictures to acquire sports channels of Zee for million US dollar

    September 1, 2016
    Sony Pictures Networks India has announced the acquisition of sports broadcasting business of Zee Entertainment for 385 million US dollar in an all-cash deal on 31 August 2016. Zee's TEN Sports channels being acquired include TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD, TEN Cricket, TEN Sports. These channels operate in several countries including the Indian sub-continent, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Middle East, Caribbean. TEN Sports holds cricket rights in South Africa, Pakistan, Sri... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Dhingra Commission submits its report to Haryana Chief Minister

    September 1, 2016
    Justice SN Dhingra Commission set up by the Haryana government submitted its report to the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on 31 August 2016. It hinted at irregularities. The commission was set up in May 2015 to probe the circumstances of grant or rejection of licences for development of colonies, group housing societies and commercial complexes in Gurgaon.   Highlights  : The 182-page report has two parts of which the first part contains the findings and the second contains... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bezwada Wilson Thodur Madabusi Krishna receive Ramon Magsaysay Award

    September 1, 2016
    Carnatic singer Thodur Madabusi Krishna and Bezwada Wilson, campaigner for eradication of manual scavenging, on 31 August 2016 received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016.They were among six persons who received the award. Four others who received the award are : Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa of Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Vientiane Rescue of Laos. Bezwada Wilson : Wilson, the national convenor of the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA),... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    AK Sinha committee constituted to study silt in river Ganga in Bihar

    September 1, 2016
    Union Government has constituted an expert committee to study slit in river Ganga in Bihar on 1 September 2016. The four-member committee will be headed by Member of Ganga Flood Control commission AK Sinha. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 10 days. Other members of the committee are Chief Engineer of Central Water Commission SK Sahu, Prof. of IIT, AK Gosain and members of National Disaster Management Authority Dr. Rajnish Ranjan. The committee was formed on request of... Read More
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    Ashok Chawla appointed Chancellor of TERI University

    September 1, 2016
    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has officially appointed former Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla as the new Chancellor of TERI University on 31 August 2016. The decision to appoint Chawla was taken in its meeting held on 19 August 2016 by the governing council of TERI. With this, the University ended its last association with former Chancellor and Head R.K. Pachauri, who was accused of sexually harassing a female colleague in 2015. Chawla has also been serving as the Chairman of Teri... Read More

    August Small Industry Day

    September 1, 2016
    Small industry day is celebrated on 30 Aug every year in support and promotion of small Industries. Industry day is celebrated as a part of its effort to provide balanced growth to existing small, medium and large scale enterprises and render assistance for setting up new industries to boost the state’s financial health.
    An industry day is an event held by a military to present requirements to industry representatives for weapons or vehicles. Common presentation methods include... Read More
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    Digicel Appoints Usain Bolt as Chief Speed Officer

    September 1, 2016
    Jamica based Digicel Caribbean Ltd named the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, as its Chief Speed Officer (CSO) following this appointment he as Digicel CSO will interact with customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view in the years to come. Usain Bolt : Arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen, Usain St Leo Bolt, created history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio when he achieved the ‘Triple Triple’, three gold... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Haryana Assembly passes Sports Council Bill

    September 1, 2016
    The Haryana Assembly  has unanimously passed the Haryana Sports Council Bill, 2016 to constitute statutory sports councils at state, district, block and municipal levels. The Bill was tabled by the state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij. The bill was passed after a long debate that also seen adjournment of house. The Council upon would be constituted under the Haryana Sports and Physical Fitness Policy, 2015  will neither select sports persons nor send teams for... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    PTC fin arm ties up with banks for clean energy project loans

    September 1, 2016
    PTC India Financial Services , that the company has entered into arrangements with scheduled commercial banks whereby the banks will issue letter of credit to project companies in the renewable energy space. Currently, such project companies are required to approach various banks and negotiate various associated costs for issuance of letter of credit, which generally takes 3-5 months.
    Under the new arrangement, letter of credit can be opened in a much shorter time on case-to-case basis... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Mobikwik joins hand with state electricity boards

    September 1, 2016
    India's largest digital payment company, MobiKwik has announced coalition with 12 state electricity boards. The MobiKwik took this initiative ahead of its expansion plan to set up a national base for utility payments. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura, Meghalaya, Calcutta, Rajasthan and union territories of Daman and Diu are the states inclusive in the coalition agreement. Apart from the coalition with the new electricity boards of the states, it already has bonds signed with... Read More

    Govt panel clears highway projects across states

    September 1, 2016
    A government panel has cleared for bidding 16 highway projects worth Rs 7,456 crore in 11 states.The states are Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. These projects, totalling a length of 622 km, are fit for bidding now but the award of these contracts can only take place after 90 per cent of the land acquisition process is made available, Secretary, road transport and highways, Sanjay Mitra. EPC... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    NPCI starts pilot for Bharat Bill Payment System

    September 1, 2016
    National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for all retail payments system in India launched the pilot project for Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) with 26 Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units (BBPOUs) . BBPS will cover repetitive payments for everyday utility services such as electricity, water, gas, telephone and Direct-to-Home (DTH).
    BBPS, in due course of time would link all major billers in the country with all their consumers which will simplify bill... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Maharashtra Gujarat governors given additional charge

    September 1, 2016
    President Pranab Mukherjee gave Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao additional charge of Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli of Madhya Pradesh. The tenure of Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah ended on September 6 while that of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav will come to an end on September 7. The governors and lieutenant-governors of the states and union territories of India have similar powers and functions at the state level as that of the President of India at Union... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Irrfan Khan honoured with Entertainer of The Year award

    September 1, 2016
    Actor Irrfan Khan was honoured with the Entertainer of the Year award by CNBC. He was felicitated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
    The actor has been praised for his performance in movies like Piku, Jurassic World and Talvar which released last year. The role of a common man portrayed by the actor in his much talked about movie Madaari was also lauded. Irrfan Ali Khan : Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan credited as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan, is an Indian film actor known for his works... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours



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