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  • China successfully launches Tiangong space lab

    September 17, 2016
    China has successfully launched Tiangong-2 space lab to develop expertise for a future space station and conduct science experiments. The space lab was launched on board of Long March-2F T2 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s Gobi desert. Tiangong-2 ( in English means Heavenly Palace 2) space lab is part of China’s ambitious Project 921-2 space station program aimed at creating a third generation space station. The 8-tonne module replaces... Read More

    Dinesh Bharadia wins Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award

    September 17, 2016
    Indian-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia (28) has won the prestigious 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to radio waves. He was chosen for the award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave). His duplex radio technology has disproved a long-held assumption that it is not possible for a radio to transmit and receive on the same frequency band because of the... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Government approves crore rupee projects for development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir

    September 17, 2016
    The Union Ministry of Tourism has approved projects worth 500 crore rupees for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme. The projects were approved by Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee for the scheme as part of Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan. The new projects are envisaged at tourist infrastructural development in Jammu and Kashmir. They include Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh, Mantalai – Sudhmahadev – Patnitop... Read More
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    Track Asia Cup concluded Indian finished second

    September 17, 2016
    The 2016 Track Asia Cup concluded at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi on 16 September 2016. Hong Kong topped the chart with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silvers and three bronze. On the other hand, India the hosts of the tournament ended their campaign at second position with 16 medals, including five gold, four Silver and seven bronze. India's Deborah Herold, in her Final Sprint event, clinched the top position with a time of 12.576 minutes and 12.493 minutes in... Read More
    Category: Sports

    India Nepal sign three agreements including improvement of road network

    September 17, 2016
    India and Nepal signed three MoUs and agreements to enhance the bilateral agreement between the two nations on 16 September 2016 . The agreements were inked during the four-day-visit (from 15 September to 18 September 2016) of Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to India. MOUs and agreements are : MoU for project management consultancy services for upgradation/improvement of road infrastructure in Terai area of Nepal – The services will be provided by NHIDCL in pursuance... Read More

    BRICS Environmental Ministers Meet held at Goa

    September 17, 2016
    The environment ministers of BRICS countries meeting held in Panaji on 16 September to strengthen mutual cooperation in areas of air and water pollution and climate change. The Brics ministers are expected to discuss thematic areas of mutual interest and prioritise actions for cooperation in critical areas like air and water pollution, liquid and solid waste management, climate change and conservation of biodiversity. It is one in a series of meetings being organised by various Central... Read More

    India down to th spot on World Economic Freedom Index

    September 17, 2016
    India has slipped by 10 positions to 112th, out of 159 countries and territories, as it "fared badly" across categories including legal system and regulation, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report.
    Although China, Bangladesh and Pakistan lagged behind India at 113th, 121st and 133th ranks respectively, Bhutan (78), Nepal (108) and Sri Lanka (111) were better placed on the World Economic Freedom Index.
    India has fared badly in all categories i.e.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India to host next Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group

    September 17, 2016
    India will be hosting the next annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group at Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre, Ahmedabad from May 22 to May 26, 2017. This will be a mega international event to be attended by more than 5000 delegates from 80 member countries of the African Development Bank, including the governors, alternate governors, executive directors, policy makers and businesses. A MoU was signed between the Government of India and the AfDB regarding the holding of the... Read More

    T K Pande Appointed as New Finance Secretary of Odisha

    September 17, 2016
    The Odisha government today appointed T K Pande as the new chief secretary of finance department, as per a notice issued by the general administration office. Tuhin Kanta Pande, a 1987 bunch IAS officer, was delegated in the finance department after he came back from central deputation. Similarly, 1993 batch officer Surendra Kumar has been giving additional charge of Information and Public relations, besides his posting as secretary of ScheduleD Tribe and Scheduled Caste and OBC Development... Read More
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    Uber partners NSDC Maruti to skill million by

    September 17, 2016
    Transportation app Uber has launched a new initiative in partnership with Maruti and NSDC, for creating livelihood opportunities for one million people by 2018. Under Uber SHAAN, the company will provide access to skill development and driver training to the unskilled. The initiative will also help trained drivers receive commercial licenses, vehicle financing and leasing solutions. Uber has about 4 lakh drivers on its platform in India, which is its second largest market in terms of trips... Read More

    Award for Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank KVGB insurance effort

    September 17, 2016
    Dharwad-headquartered Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank has bagged four awards for inclusive insurance for 2016 from Skoch Group.
    The bank, which operates in nine districts of Karnataka covering 57 taluks, has brought 28 lakh people under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna, PM Suraksha Bima Yojna and PM Jan Dhan Yojna. The Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank , a Regional Rural Bank, was constituted on 12 September 2005 after amalgamation of four Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) namely Malaprabha... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Vijaya Bank gets award

    September 17, 2016
    Vijaya Bank has bagged the second prize under Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (Region C) for the year 2015-16. The prize was accepted by Kishore Sansi, Managing Director & CEO Vijaya Bank, from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium, New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and others also took part in the function.
    Vijaya Bank is a fastest growing Public Sector Bank with its Corporate Office in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.It is... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Jim Yong Kim heads for second term as World Bank president

    September 17, 2016
    Jim Yong Kim is heading for another five-year term as president of the World Bank. Kim, 56, has focused the World bank on programs to reduce extreme poverty. Kim's first term ends on June 30, 2017. He is a Korean-American medical doctor who has focused the World bank on programs to reduce extreme poverty, earned solid backing for a second term from the United States, France, Germany, China, and other major shareholders of the bank. But as with his first nomination in 2012, the bank was... Read More
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    Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

    September 17, 2016
    Nadia Murad Basee Taha was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).The appointment marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction. The induction ceremony took place in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in the New York United Nations Headquarters. During her... Read More
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    Ajinkya Rahane Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award

    September 17, 2016
    Sports Minister Vijay Goel conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016. Earlier, the two cricketers could not receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were participating in international tournaments. The Arjuna Awards, instituted in 1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and who have... Read More



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