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  • US Scientists successfully grow three dimensional lungs in lab using stem cells

    September 19, 2016
    Scientists in the United States including those of Indian origin have successfully grown three-dimensional (3D) lungs in the lab, using stem cells. The 3D lungs or organoids was created by coating tiny gel beads with lung-derived stem cells and then allowing them to self-assemble into the shapes of the air sacs found in human lungs.
    To show that these tiny organoids mimicked the structure of actual human lungs, researchers compared it with real sections of human lung. Significance: The... Read More

    Malayalam critic M Leelavathy chosen for N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award

    September 19, 2016
    Eminent Malayalam critic and academician M Leelavathy was chosen for the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016 on 17 September 2016, instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan. An expert panel comprising journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman, selected Leelavathy for the biennial award considering her contributions to Malayalam language and literature.
    N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award :  The award, instituted to commemorate N... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Indian origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion

    September 19, 2016
    An Indian-origin South African Ravi Reddy was appointed as the Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam on 18 September 2016. With this, Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT, a global organisation of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide. The ISBT, now with 100 member countries, was established in 1935 as a platform for exchanging knowledge and advancing the blood-transfusion... Read More
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    China Russia conduct naval exercises Joint Sea to improve security

    September 19, 2016
    The Chinese and Russian navies has concluded Joint Sea-2016  on 19 September 2016, eight days of naval exercises, in the South China Sea. The Joint Sea-2016 was launched as a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes. The exercises was conducted following a spike in tensions after Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and slammed it for causing environmental... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Deaf shooter Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Deaf Shooting Championships

    September 19, 2016
    Hearing-impaired Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships on 14 September 2016. The Championships was held in Kazan, Russia from 7 September to 15 September 2016. Deshmukh won the bronze in the 10m air rifle category. The shooter won the medal after scoring 180.4 points. Deshmukh had qualified for the medal round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round. Deshmukh has been winning... Read More

    Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar declares Charkhi Dadri as nd district

    September 19, 2016
    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has  announced Charkhi Dadri as the 22nd district of the state on 18 September 2016. The state CM made the announcement at a public rally in Dadri in Bhiwani district. He also announced that developmental projects worth 112 crore rupees had already been completed in the Dadri assembly segment during the two year tenure of his government. On the other hand, Khattar also inaugurated nine development projects worth 45 crore rupees in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    West Bengal to confer Bangabibhushan award to Lata Mangeshkar

    September 19, 2016
    West Bengal government will confer this year’s ‘Bangabibhushan’ to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.
    Lata Mangeshkar has sung innumerable memorable Bengali songs. To honour her contribution, we have decided to confer her with the Bangabibhushan award this year.
    The chief minister along with Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the music and media company Saregama, formerly HMV, with whom Mangeshkar had recorded several hit songs, would visit the singer at her Mumbai residence... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Alka Sirohi appointed as UPSC chairman

    September 19, 2016
    Former IAS officer Alka Sirohi has been appointed as chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) . President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Sirohi to perform the duties of the post of the chairman, UPSC, with effect from September 21 . She is presently member in the Commission.
    The Centre had in November 2014 appointed Gupta as the UPSC chief, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the chief from the serving members of the commission.
    In 2014, the Centre had for the... Read More
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    Indian origin peer wins Lifetime Achievement Award in UK

    September 19, 2016
    Lord Narendra Babubhai Patel ,a 78-year-old Indian-origin British obstetrician and member of the UK Parliament were honored the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' during the Asian Achievers Awards for his work in the medical profession and public life in Britain over the years. The Asian Achievers Awards was organised by Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL)  to honour British Asian achievements across different fields.
    This year, the occasion coincided with Prime Minister... Read More
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    ISRO Katrina Juhi Chawla to get Priyadarshini Global Awards

    September 19, 2016
    Bengaluru-based Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Juhi Chawla are among recipients of the Priyadarshini Global Awards 2016 which will be presented here on September 19.
    Other recipients of the awards, instituted by a socio-cultural and educational organisation Priyadarshini Academy, in various fields are from Israel, Switzerland and UK. The awards are given to personalities and organisations for contribution in their respective fields. Noted... Read More

    Bhubaneswar to host day national conference on labour from Sep

    September 19, 2016
    The state government in association with International Labour Organisation (ILO) will organize a two-day long national conference on labour in the city from September 20.
    Odisha will organize such an event for the first time and will discuss several issues related to organized and unorganized labourers of the country in four sessions of the conference.Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ministers and chairpersons of labour welfare boards of 29 states... Read More

    World Bank to invest Rs crore in Assam

    September 19, 2016
    World Bank will invest nearly 1,000 crore rupees in Assam for the betterment of the inland waterways. It was conveyed to State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. The Union Minister also assured to re-construct jetty for which 100 percent assistance will be given by the Centre. On the other hand, emphasising on road safety, driving school will be set up in all districts of Assam. It is also decided that driving license will... Read More
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    Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan Holds a Guinness World Record

    September 19, 2016
    Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan might be the most underrated actor of the industry, but  one didn't know that he's actually hold a Guinness World Record  .Jr Bachchan holds the record for 'Most Public Appearances made by a Film Star in 12 Hours.'  In fact, he beat Hollywood actor Will Smith who had made three public appearances in 2 hours during the promotions of his film I, Robot in 2004.  
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    Punjab National Bank ropes in Virat Kohli as brand ambassador

    September 19, 2016
    State-owned Punjab National Bank has roped in Indian test skipper Virat Kohli as brand ambassador to improve its image which has taken a hit due to rising bad loans. PNB has been people's bank serving millions of customers throughout India.
    Punjab National Bank is an Indian multinational banking and financial services company. It is a state-owned corporation based in New Delhi, India.
    Founded in 1894, the bank has over 6,968 branches and over 9,656 ATMs across 764 cities. It... Read More
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    Government notifies new import policy for marble travertine blocks

    September 19, 2016
    Union Government has notified the new import policy for marble and travertine blocks and marble and granite slabs on 18 September 2016. The policy will come into effect from 1 October 2016. The new policy ends the quantitative restriction on the import of marble and travertine blocks as well as the cumbersome and restrictive import licensing system. The Minimum Import Price (MIP) for marble blocks has been reduced to 200 US dollar per metric ton. The basic customs duty on import of marble and... Read More

    Indian shooters clinched three gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup

    September 19, 2016
    Indian shooters clinched seven medals, including three gold, on the opening day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at Gabala in Azerbaijan. A total of 279 junior athletes, representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events. Subhankar Pramanick : He clinched gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event. The Indian shot 205.5 overall to finish top of the podium. Czech Republic's Filip Nepejchal (205.2) followed in second... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Delink drug prices from R D costs UN

    September 19, 2016
    The United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines has called for delinking drug prices from research and development (R&D) costs. The report submitted by panel calls for human rights to be placed over intellectual property laws of pharmaceutical companies and incoherence between them should be narrowed. All countries must freely be able to use flexibilities granted under TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) to access affordable medicines. Countries that... Read More
    Category: International

    Meeting of BRICS Representatives in charge of security held in New Delhi

    September 19, 2016
    The meeting of BRICS Representatives in charge of security was held in New Delhi, India. It was hosted National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. The meeting was attended by representatives in charge of security of BRICS nations viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. BRICS nations underscored the demand for an international legal order to deal with the threat of terrorism. They agreed to intensify cooperation against terror groups like the Islamic State in West Asia and North... Read More

    NASA s Cassini spacecraft to make final observations of Saturn

    September 19, 2016
    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft after studying Saturn, its rings and moons for more than 12 years, has entered in the final year of its epic voyage. In its epic voyage, the Cassini spacecraft will make the closest-ever observations of the planet. Beginning November 30, 2016 Cassini will make the closest-ever observations of Saturn. Cassini will be mapping the Saturn’s magnetic and gravity fields with exquisite precision. It will be returning ultra-close views of the Saturn’s... Read More

    Indian Railways launches cleanliness drive Swachata Saptah

    September 19, 2016
    Indian Railways has launched Swachhta Saptah (Cleanliness Week) to mark the ‘Swachh Paryavaran Diwas’ (Clean Environment Day). The special nine-day (from 17 to 25 September 2016) long public cleanliness outreach programme was launched by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi. The objective behind the initiative is to spread wider awareness on sanitation and cleanliness in rail premises and make hygiene a habit amongst the travelling public. It also marks out the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Kunwar Bai chosen as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mascot

    September 19, 2016
    Union Government has chosen 105-year-old Kunwar Bai from Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district as the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ mascot. PM Modi felicitated the old but spirited lady at a function held in New Delhi to mark ‘Swachhta Diwas’ on September 17, 2016 She was recognised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building toilet by selling off her 8-10 goats to build two toilets at her home. Apart from that, she started showing other villagers the toilets at her home... Read More
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    Ministry of Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Agriculture sign MoU for speedy implementation of Namami Gange programme

    September 19, 2016
    The Union Water Resources Ministry has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Agriculture Ministry for speedy implementation of Namami Gange programme. The MoU will encourage farmers of over 5,000 villages along the Ganga River to take up organic farming to curb pollution caused by chemical fertiliser-laden runoff in the river. The Union Agriculture Ministry will develop organic farming in over 5,000 villages along the Ganga River under Paramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana. Each... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Indian Navy s most Advanced Guided Missile Destroyer Mormugao launched

    September 19, 2016
    Indian Navy’s indigenously built most Advanced Guided Missile Stealth Destroyer ‘Mormugao’ was launched in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The bedecked ship was launched by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s wife Reena at a function at Mazagaon Docks. It has been Christened ‘Mormugao’ after the Mormugao port of Goa, the home State of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The stealth vessel was built by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd and belongs to... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Advertisements issued by Delhi government violated Supreme Court guidelines Panel

    September 19, 2016
    A committee set up by the Union Government said that the Delhi government splurged the exchequer's money on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party that violated Supreme Court guidelines. The three-member panel headed by former Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon has asked the Delhi government to reimburse the money expenditure since the violation of the Supreme Court order of 13 May 2015, has taken place. The other two members of the panel were adman... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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