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  • Lt Gen Surinder Singh takes charge of Western Command

    1172 days ago
    Lt Gen Surinder Singh today took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. He also met the senior staff at the Headquarters and took stock of the situation.
    Lt Gen Surinder Singh was commissioned in 1979 into the Second Battalion, The Brigade of the Guards, an elite Infantry regiment.
    In his illustrious career, the General has held prestigious commands, staff and instructional posts. He is a graduate of the British Army Command Staff College, Army War College and... Read More

    Supreme Court moves away from death penalty

    1172 days ago
    The Supreme Court has moved away from death penalty (capital punishment) after it commuted the death sentence of a youth for raping and killing a seven-year-old girl with the Special Category of Punishment. The apex court in its judicial innovation awarded the convict 25 year jail term considering it appropriate punishment between death sentence and life imprisonment in heinous crimes. Special Category of Punishment :  Special Category of Punishment is judicial innovation that will be... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Indian Railways launches Yatri Mitra Sewa for elderly differently abled

    1172 days ago
    Indian Railways has launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to wheelchairs, battery operated cars and porter services on 19 September 2016. The service was launched to make rail travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers. Highlights of the Yatri Mitra Sewa : Yatri Mitra or Passenger Friend service can be an assistant or any other person nominated for the purpose.The service will be available at major railway stations across the country. It can be availed at... Read More
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    Cauvery Supervisory Committee directs Karnataka to release cusecs of water per day for days

    1172 days ago
    The Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Shashi Shekhar directed Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu on 19 September 2016. As per the committee’s direction, Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30 September 2016 to Tamil Nadu. The other members of the committee are Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry and Central Water Commission chairman. It will once again meet in October 2016. It seems that the... Read More
    Category: Committee

    Jubilant FoodWorks CEO Ajay Kaul resigns

    1172 days ago
    Ajay Kaul has resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jubilant FoodWorks Limited on 19 September 2016. However, Kaul will continue in his current role till March 2017. Kaul's resignation came at a time when Jubilant Foodworks, which is the master franchisee of Domino's and Dunkin' Donuts in India, reported decline of 3.2 percent in its same-store sales growth (SSG) for the first quarter of financial year 2016-17. Ajay Kaul : Ajay Kaul joined the Board of Directors of... Read More

    India successfully test fires long range surface to air Barak missile off Odisha coast

    1172 days ago
    India has successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8' off the Odisha coast on 20 September 2016. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel, was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district. The 4.5-meter missile weighs around 3 tonnes and can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. The system also includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Russia Ruling United Russia party wins parliamentary election

    1172 days ago
    President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won the Russian parliamentary election by securing 343 seats of the total 450 in Duma on 19 September 2016, the lower house of Parliament. This win, paves the way for Putin to run for a fourth term as President. Central Election Commission said, Communist Party and Liberal Democratic Party with about 14 percent each are in second and third place, while A Just Russian party gained about 6 percent of the votes. No other party has overcome the... Read More
    Category: International

    BCCI partners Janalakshmi Financial Services for three years

    1172 days ago
    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tied up with financial services firm Janalakshmi Financial Services (Jana) as an associate sponsor on 15 September 2016. Janalakshmi will be the official financial services partner of the BCCI where the brand would enjoy visibility on the field. The agreement also gives Janalakshmi benefits of prominence in stadium branding and on-ground advertising for 68 matches in three years across the three formats. Janalakshmi Financial Services :... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Monika Kapil Mohta appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Sweden

    1173 days ago
    Monika Kapil Mohta has been appointed as the next envoy of India to Sweden. Mohta is an 1985 batch Indian Foreign Services officer and is presently the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
    Previously, she has served as the ambassador of India to Poland and Lithuania. The two countries have a cordial relationship and growing economic cooperation.
    Category: Persons

    US to be partner country at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit

    1173 days ago
    The US has decided to become a partner country for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which is slated to be held in January next year. During the visit of Vibrant Gujarat delegation to the State Department, the United States decided to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat summit as a partner country. The visiting delegation had high-level engagements with senior officials of the US government and Congress leaders, thinkers and business magnates in Washington DC and New York during the... Read More

    World s largest shiplift begins trial run in China

    1173 days ago
    The trial operation of a world's largest permanent shiplift designed by Chinese and German engineers on China's Three Gorges Dam began. The shiplift, is the largest and most sophisticated in the world, according to Three Gorges Corp, a state-owned company responsible for the construction of the project. Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei province is the world's biggest water project.
    The beginning of its trial operation marks the completion of the Three Gorges... Read More
    Category: International

    Tamil Nadu CM announces funds for renovation of churches and mosques

    1173 days ago
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has announced funds for renovation of churches and mosques under the Waqf board. She has ordered release of Rs. 3 crore for the corpus fund. State presently disbursed Rs 60 lakh per annum for renovation of mosques and darghas under Waqf She has also unveiled welfare measures for members of SC and ST communities, including ‘quick electricity connections’ to 1000 SC community farmers.Sunrise’, Parched’ scripts archived at Oscar... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Kiran Bedi Launches Coastal Clean Up Drive in Puducherry

    1173 days ago
    Lt Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi has joined Coast Guard and volunteers in cleaning garbage from the beach here as part of the ’31nd International Coastal Clean Up Day’. Earlier, Bedi and Local Administration Minister A Namassivayam administered a pledge for ‘garbage free beaches’ to volunteers of NSS, NCC, NGOs, members of Indian Coast Guard and others. The programme was organised by the Indian Coast Guard here in association with the Local Administration... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Government to expand DBT to schemes by next March

    1173 days ago
    Buoyed by the initial success of Direct Benefit Transfer, government plans to double the number of schemes under DBT to 147 by March and has launched pilots for paying subsidy on food, kerosene and fertiliser directly via bank accounts of beneficiaries . Benefits and subsidies in as many as 74 schemes of 17 government departments and ministries were paid directly to beneficiaries under DBT. The government planned to extend DBT to 147 schemes by March 2017.  The government hoped to... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Selfie with toilet to boost Swachh Bharat in Ludhiana

    1173 days ago
    To make the Swachh Bharat Mission successful and encourage people to use clean toilets, the Ludhiana district administration has started a ‘Selfie with my Shauchalya’ campaign. Under the initiative, beneficiaries of toilets provided by the Punjab government and Bharti Foundation had been urged to click a selfie with their toilets.
    The owner of the cleanest toilet, having all facilities, would be specially honored on October 2,.The campaign had been started for encouraging... Read More

    Andhra Pradesh tops in attracting industrial investment

    1173 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh has emerged on the top among all other states in attracting industrial investments in 2015-16, pushing the previous year's topper Maharashtra to the third spot. Andhra Pradesh attracted an investment of Rs 21,914 crore out of the Rs 1,38,700 crore gross investments across India, the state government said in an official release, quoting a report by the Reserve Bank of India.
    This was 15.8% of the total investments of over Rs 10 crore each unit. In 2014-15, AP's share... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Federal Bank launches FederalSkill Academy at Coimbatore

    1173 days ago
    Federal Bank has launched its second Federal Skill Academy at Coimbatore, as part of its CSR initiatives. The first one being inaugurated last year at Ernakulam. The academy at Coimbatore will be initially providing an in-demand CNC Machine Operator Certificate Course in Milling & Turning, which will be certified by COINDIA. The initiative will facilitate underprivileged students to successfully complete the courses, and get employment opportunities both in India as well as... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    th Primetime Emmy Awards announced

    1173 days ago
    The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was announced at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S on 18 September 2016. The Game of Thrones won best drama series at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, while Veep took home the top comedy award. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story also earned several awards, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy in the lead comedy actress category. Award Winner Outstanding Comedy... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Pulitzer winning US playwright Edward Albee passes away

    1173 days ago
    Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on 16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88. He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee : Considered one of the most important American playwrights of his time, Albee wrote a variety of intense, controversial plays diving into anxieties, disillusionments and death.He burst onto the theatre scene with The Zoo Story (1958) at the age of 30 which later... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    HRD Minister inaugurates Super Computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati

    1173 days ago
    Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated the super computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus on 19 September 2016. Students and faculty members of IIT Guwahati are expected to derive huge benefit from the facility. PARAM ISHAN :  It is the fastest and most powerful computer in North East, Eastern and Southern region. It has been jointly developed by IIT Guwahati and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C -DAC. PARAM ISHAN has the power of... Read More

    Anandi Ramalingam assumed charge as the first woman director of Bharat Electronics Limited s

    1173 days ago
    Anandi Ramalingam has  assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on 16 September 2016. Ramalingam has assumed charge as Director Marketing. It is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the Director of the company. Earlier, Ramalingam served as the General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit (SBU) at BEL's Bangalore Complex. Ramalingam had joined BEL-Bengaluru in March 1985 after completing her BE in... Read More
    Category: Persons



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