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  • Race Course Road renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg

    September 23, 2016
    India's most famous address will no longer be 7, Race Course Road. The street in Delhi on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi lives has been renamed 'Lok Kalyan Marg'. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Meenakshi Lekhi, the BJP MP who represents New Delhi constituency in Parliament. Last year, another street not far from the PM's residence, Aurangzeb Road, was renamed after former... Read More

    Union Government announces enhanced support under MEIS of Foreign Trade Policy

    September 23, 2016
    The Union Government has extended support to certain new products and the rate of incentives for certain other specified products under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS).
    Decision in this regard was taken by Department of Commerce (DoC) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in backdrop of the continued decline in growth of Indian goods exports. DoC has added 2901 additional products falling under different product categories under the MEIS. With this the total... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Researchers produce carbon from sugarcane waste for use in batteries

    September 23, 2016
    Researchers from Pune (Maharashtra) have produced high-quality carbon from sugarcane waste within minutes by using a low power microwave system.
    They had used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion batteries. They had carried out initial carbonisation overnight at room temperature by mixing bagasse with concentrated sulphuric acid. The acid treatment had dissolved most of the... Read More

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    India France inked deal for Rafale fighter jets

    September 23, 2016
    India and France has inked the 7.8-billion Euro deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets on 23 September 2016. As per the deal, the aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system like Meteor and Scalp. The 7.8 billion Euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force and is expected to give India the dominant status in the air. The deal was signed in New Delhi by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. The features that make the Rafale a strategic... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Afghanistan signs peace deal with militant group Hezb e Islami

    September 23, 2016
    Afghanistan has signed a peace agreement with one of the country's largest militant groups Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on 22 September 2016. This agreement paves the way for Hekmatyar to make a political comeback. As per the agreement, Hekmatyar will be granted amnesty for his offences and the prisoners of Hezb-e-Islami will be released by the government. The deal also includes provisions for his security at government expense. The document was signed by the government... Read More

    NITI Aayog chalks up plan to secure medals in Olympics

    September 23, 2016
    NITI Aayog, the think tank of union government, has devised a short –term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics. In its action plan for revitalising sports in India, Niti Aayog said, India still does not have a conducive environment for sports to polish the talent of Indian sports persons and make them at par with their global counterparts. Short-term vision (4-8 years) : it envisages targeting a group of priority sports, organising... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Union Government appoints three economists to Monetary Policy Committee

    September 23, 2016
    The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed three economists as the external appointees on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). They are Pami Dua, Chetan Ghate and Ravindra Dholakia. They will have a fixed four year term and it is non-renewable. Pami Dua  : She is the Director of the Delhi School of Economics (DSE). She is an expert on econometrics and forecasting, has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Her research work spreads across different fields like... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Syrian aid group White Helmets wins Right Livelihood Award

    September 23, 2016
    Syrian aid group White Helmets has won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award which is also known as ‘alternative Nobel’ prize. The White Helmets also known as the Syria Civil Defence is a Syrian civil organisation of emergency responders in rebel-held areas.  It has been honoured for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war.
    The White Helmets will share the prize with Russian... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court

    September 23, 2016
    Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court as per Article 219 of the Constitution. He was administered oath to office by the Governor Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam at a function held at Raj Bhavan. Prior to this appointment he was serving as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court. Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar  : He was born on 5 May 1958 in Chikkerur, Haveri District, Karnataka. Initially, he had practiced at the Karnataka High Court as... Read More
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    Two Indians selected for Clark R Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards

    September 23, 2016
    Two Indian forest officials have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. They are Assistant Conservator Ritesh Sarothiya of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Service and Range officer Sanjay Dutta of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
    Both of them have been honoured with this award for their exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife. They will be presented with this award at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on... Read More

    Navtej Sarna appointed Ambassador to the US

    September 23, 2016
    The Union Government has appointed Navtej Sarna (59) was appointed as Ambassador to the United States. He will take over from Arun Kumar Singh, who has retired from the service. In his new role he will face the task of engaging with the new administration in United States following the November 2016 Presidential poll. Navtej Sarna :  He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1980 batch. In his career spanning 35 years, he has handled several important assignments at the MEA.... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Vijaya Bank rolls out new apps

    September 23, 2016
    Vijaya Bank has launched three innovative information technology (IT) products, coinciding with Hindi Diwas celebrations. The new IT products, according to Kishore Sansi, Managing Director and CEO of Vijaya Bank, are: VPAYQWIK, Vijaya *99# and V-eConnect+. VPAYQWIK, a complete mobile payment wallet, is a one-stop destination for shopping, quick mobile recharge, any-time bill payment, instant ticket booking, and a lot more. This wallet, available in English, Hindi and Kannada, can be used by... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Centre renames restructred Indira Awaas Yojana as PMAY

    September 23, 2016
    The flagship rural housing scheme Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), started by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been restructured and renamed as Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY), which will be launched next month.
    The IAY will be subsumed by the PMAY from April 1 next year. Under the new scheme, the government is aiming to construct one crore houses by 2019. Under IAY, the government has set a target of constructing 38 lakh houses by end of the current financial year (2015-16), out of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Amma wheeler service training centres to come up in TN

    September 23, 2016
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced setting up of 'Amma Two-Wheeler Service Training Centres' across the state.
    Accordingly, she has directed setting up such centres at 35 locations.In each of the centres, training will be imparted to 30 persons for three months and they will be provided with a monthly assistance of Rs 3,000. The scheme will be implemented at a cost of Rs 1.65 crore.
    Further, the government would set up a Centre of Excellence and five skill... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Rays Power Infra launches MW solar project in Uttarakhand

    September 23, 2016
    Rays Power Infra, a solar energy company, will set up a 100 mw solar power plant in Uttarakhand. The Project's execution began in August, 2016, and is expected to be commissioned by February, 2017. It will be executed by Rays Power Infra on turnkey basis - from land acquisition to commissioning.
    The 100 MW project is spread over a sprawling land area at Tehsil - Bhagwanpur in Roorkee District of Uttarakhand. It comes under Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency's (UREDA)... Read More

    Shubha Mudgal to get LalitArpan Samman

    September 23, 2016
    Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal will be honoured with the annual 'LalitArpan Samman' this year.
    Mudgal, a Padma Shri recipient, was born in Allahabadand is known for her singing in genres of Khayal, Thumri and Dadra. She has also given her voice to many popular Indie-pop numbers. The 15th edition of LalitArpan festival will also acknowledge artist couple Paramjit and Arpita Singh.
    The two-day festival, dedicated to the "Nayikas of Vidyapati"- a Maithili... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Union Minister Harsh Vardhan adopts village under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

    September 23, 2016
    Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has adopted 'Dheerpur Village' and 'Ghoga' the last village under the North Delhi under the 'Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana', which is one of the major and flagship schemes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Harsh Vardhan had an intense visit of 'Ghoga' village along with the senior officers of MCD, Delhi Jal Board, BSES, Delhi Police, Delhi Traffic Police and Flood Control, Irrigation and Revenue Department of... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Himachel Pradesh wins Better Performing Project Award

    September 23, 2016
    Himachal Pradesh has won the 2015-Better Performing Project Award for development of infrastructure in the state. The award was given for development of infrastructure in the state by tourism department under the ADB Funded Project. The award was confererd during the Tripartite Portfolio Review meeting and it was received by Commissioner of Tourism Mohan Chauhan and Project Director Manoj Sharma.
    The department of tourism has been executing 580 crore tourism infrastructure project in the... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Kotak Mahindra Bank launches app to open accounts

    September 23, 2016
    Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched 'Kotak Now', the country's first digital account opening process on mobile. The end-to-end paperless, digital process involves verification of KYC documents and signature via a video call with the bank. No physical interaction or biometric verification is required and the account opening requires only a few minutes.
    Download the Kotak Now app, upload your KYC documents (PAN card, and either Aadhaar card or passport), and the image of the... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Misbah ul Haq becomes first Pakistani to receive Test mace from ICC

    September 23, 2016
    Misbah-ul-Haq has received the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for inspiring Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings. This is for the first time a Pakistani cricketer has received the award. Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi is a Pakistani cricketer and the current Test captain of the national cricket team, and also the One Day International captain until his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Mukesh Ambani tops Forbes Richest Indians list

    September 23, 2016
    Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has grabbed the top most position in the Forbes' '100 Richest Indians' list with a net worth of USD 22.7 billion. As per the annual India rich list released by the Forbes India, Mukesh Ambani holds the first position followed by India's richest pharmaceutical magnate Dilip Shanghvi at number two with a net worth of USD 16.9 billion. His wealth fell by USD 1.1 billion along with a drop in the shares of his Sun Pharmaceutical... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Union Cabinet approves raising Extra Budgetary Resources to augment infrastructure spending

    September 23, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has given its approval to raise Rs. 31,300 crore in FY 2016-17 to augment infrastructure spending. Besides, it has also given approval to service principal and interest against the Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) of Rs. 16,300 crore by Union Government for infrastructure spending. The EBR is proposed to finance funds to be raised by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), and National... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Cabinet approves Admiralty Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims Bill

    September 23, 2016
    The Union Cabinet has given its approval to enact Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2016. The proposal to enact to this bill was forwarded by Union Ministry of Shipping to repeal five archaic admiralty statutes.
    Admiralty jurisdiction is related to the powers of the High Courts in respect of claims associated with transport by sea and navigable waterways. The Bill consolidates the existing laws relating to admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, admiralty... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    IWAI signs contract with DST Germany for designing special vessels for NW

    September 23, 2016
    The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed a contract with German company DST to design vessels suited to navigate the 1620 km stretch of National Waterway (NW-1).
    Under the contract, DST will has been initially tasked to develop low draft vessels for transportation of cars that can carry upto 150-200 vehicles. The contract has been awarded to DST in par with the objective of providing safe, environment friendly and economical mode of transportation through the waterway.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Adi Godrej conferred Clinton Global Citizen Award

    September 23, 2016
    Adi Godrej, the Chairman of Mumbai-based Godrej Group, was conferred the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy on 19 September 2016. The award recognises Godrej's leadership in transforming the intersection of business and philanthropy and making the Godrej Group a global example of what can be achieved through inclusive, sustainable business strategies. The award was presented by Hikmet Ersek, CEO and President of Western Union, in the... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    IOCL GAIL sign MoU for taking equity stake in Dhamra LNG terminal

    September 23, 2016
    Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and GAIL (India) Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dhamra LNG Terminal Private Limited (DLTPL) for taking equity in the 5 MMTPA capacity LNG Receiving on 21 September 2016, Storage and Regasification Terminal. The Dhamra LNG terminal is being built by Adani Enterprises Ltd at Dhamra Port, Odisha. Highlights of the MoU : As per the MoU, DLTPL shall be an equal Joint Venture of Indian Oil and GAIL on one hand and Adani Group on the... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy



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