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  • Ajay Shirke re elected as BCCI Secretary

    1173 days ago
    Ajay Shirke was re-elected unopposed as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary. The decision was made in the 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI . The cricket board also appointed former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad as the new chairman of selectors. Prasad has replaced Sandeep Patil as the chairman of selectors. Shrike, who has earlier headed the Maharashtra Cricket Association, was appointed as BCCI secretary in July after Anurag Thakur was elected the... Read More

    Bangladesh s Junaid Ahmad new World Bank head in India

    1173 days ago
    Junaid Ahmad has become the World Bank's Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl who served a four-year term based out of the national capital.
    Hailing from Bangladesh, Ahmad was Chief of Staff to the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim before being elevated to the current position.
    Ahmad holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
    As of June... Read More
    Category: Persons

    countries sign declaration to stamp out drug resistant infections

    1173 days ago
    The 193 countries of the United Nations (UN) have signed a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or superbugs. It is the fourth time a UN declaration has been reached on a health issue, following HIV in 2001, non-communicable diseases in 2011 and Ebola in 2013.
    The signatory countries now have two years to submit action plan. These submitted plans are expected to address the seriousness and scope of the situation. It will also... Read More
    Category: International

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    National Board for Wildlife approves first phase of Ken Betwa project

    1173 days ago
    The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has approved 10000 crore rupees Ken-Betwa project on 20 September 2016, India’s first inter-State river interlinking project. With this, India will have a river project will be located within a tiger reserve for the first time.  Ken-Betwa project : It will irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region but will also submerge about 10 percent of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal and... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Centre announces third list of smart cities cities qualify from states

    1173 days ago
    Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on 20 September 2016 released the third list of Smart Cities that will get funding for initiating urban reforms. The list includes names of 27 new cities. With this, the number of cities selected under Smart City Mission for financing implementation of smart city plans has gone up to 60. The 27 smart cities announced are from 12 States including 5 from Maharashtra, 4 each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, 3 from Uttar Pradesh and 2 each from Punjab... Read More

    Ola ties up with Yatra for Cab Booking Interface Integration

    1173 days ago
    Transportation app Ola has tied-up with Yatra.Com for Cab Booking Interface Integration. It has integrated its application interface on Yatra.com on 20 September 2016. Through this integration, users will be able to book a ride directly through Yatra.Com's app without having the Ola application installed on their devices. It will also give customers the access to availability, booking, estimation and tracking across categories, directly on the Yatra app.
    Ola has also opened up its... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    September International Day of Peace

    1173 days ago
    International Day of Peace was observed across the world on 21 September 2016. The 2016 theme for the day is The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. The day is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General... Read More
    Category: International

    China third country to win more than gold medals in Paralympics

    1173 days ago
    China became only the third country to win more than 100 gold medals at a single edition of the Paralympic Games 2016. Seven of those came in athletics with another two each in table tennis and swimming as China ended the day with 105 gold, 81 silver and 51 bronze medals. The United States and Britain are the only other nations to achieve a century of gold medals at a single Paralympics. Both did so at the 1984 Games in New York, when the US claimed 136 victories and Britain 107.
    Category: Sports

    PV Bharathi is now Canara Bank ED

    1173 days ago
    P V Bharathi, General Manager, Canara Bank, has been elevated as Executive Director with effect from September 15.
    Bharathi began her banking career in December 1982 as a probationary officer in Canara Bank and has risen to the post of General Manager in August 2012.
    She has wide exposure in the operational areas of banking and headed various functional wings and possesses in-depth knowledge of corporate credit, risk management, retail credit, recovery.
    Category: Persons

    BSE ties up with Twitter to feed investors with better updates

    1173 days ago
    The Bombay Stock Exchange has tied up with Twitter, which will give its investors live status, opening and closing figures of the market and stock prices. This makes it the first collaboration in Asia between a stock exchange and a social networking site. BSE has been running a Twitter handle since 2012 but gives no real time updates and hence has comparatively less impact. BSE and Twitter admitted that this collaboration would democratise the financial information by enabling the millions of... Read More

    IDFC issues commercial papers of Rs crore

    1173 days ago
    Infrastructure lender IDFC Ltd has issued commercial papers (CPs) worth Rs 700 crore . The company issued Commercial Papers for an aggregate amount of Rs 700 crore on September 12, 2016 having maturity date of September 29, 2016. IDFC said the CPs have been rated as A1+ by ICRA.
    Instruments with the aforesaid rating are considered to have a strong degree of safety regarding timely payment of financial obligations and such instruments carry lowest credit risk.
    The aggregate amount of... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Telangana signs MoU to help Goa in IT development

    1173 days ago
    The Telangana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Goa government to help the latter in information technology (IT) development. The Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao signed an MoU and decided to work together in IT development. The Goa government sought help and cooperation from the Telangana government in IT, skill development and innovation sectors. Through this MoU, Telangana will help the Goa government in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to get humanitarian award

    1173 days ago
    The Harvard Foundation named Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year in a ceremony, while students from the Harvard Islamic Society stood outside to protest what they consider her silence toward the country’s persecuted Muslim minority. Suu Kyi, elected head of Myanmar’s government in April, was placed under house arrest in 1989 for protesting against the country’s dictatorship and served 15 years in detention.
    In 1991, Suu... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    First Indian music dance festival starts in Australia

    1173 days ago
    A first-of-its-kind Indian music and dance festival aimed to showcase the country's rich and diverse culture was kicked off in iconic Sydney,Australia. The 10-week festival "Confluence: Festival of India" was inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma last night with spectacular joint performances by Indian and Australian artists. Almost 2000 people attended the two-hour long show which showcased the rich and diverse culture of Indian music and dance along... Read More
    Category: International

    MIT scientists develop new technique to find signs of life on Mars

    1173 days ago
    Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US have developed a novel spectroscopic technique to find signs of present or former extraterrestrial life on the Mars.
    The technique incorporated on instrument dubbed as SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals) may help NASA’s new Mars rover to be launched in 2020 to find signs of life on Mars. The new Mars rover will be tasked to probe a region of the planet... Read More

    Invasive Giant African Land Snail sighted at Goa University

    1173 days ago
    Invasive species of Giant African Land Snail (GALS) was sighted near Goa University campus at Taleigao plateau.
    The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources (IUCN) has listed GALS (Achatina fulica) as one of the world’s 100 most invasive species. GALS (Achatina fulica) is gregarious, nocturnal and can be aggressive in its feeding frenzy. Their length ranges from 7 cm to 20 cm and the Goa University specimens are identical at 11 cm in length. They are... Read More
    Category: Environment

    HAL gets APAQG membership with voting rights

    1173 days ago
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was has conferred with the prestigious membership of the Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under the category Full Member with voting rights on 16 September 2016.With this, India became the seventh nation to join the APAQG under TRHE International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). The other nations of APAQG are China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan. Highlights of the membership :  HAL is now a part of Global Quality team... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Naropa Festival Devotees visit Indian Himalayas to celebrate Buddhist festival

    1173 days ago
    A once-in-12-years festival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began on 16 September 2016 at the Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India. The festival will conclude on 22 September 2016. Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have reached Ladakh for the Naropa Festival, which is also called as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas. The Naropa Festival draws huge numbers of Buddhists, especially those from the Drukpa branch which is traditionally... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    World leaders adopt New York Declaration at UNGA Summit for Refugees and Migrants

    1173 days ago
    The World Leaders has adopted the New York Declaration at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly's (UNGA) first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.The delegations adopted the landmark Declaration containing bold commitments to address current issues and to prepare the world for future challenges, including, to start negotiations leading to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018. Highlights  : Protect the... Read More
    Category: International



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