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  • India US Joint Military Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas concludes

    September 26, 2016
    India and United States (US) Joint Military Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 concluded at the Chaubattia Military Station in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand.
    The bilateral military exercise was the twelfth edition in the YudhAbhyas series which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program. This was the third time the exercise is being conducted at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand. The YudhAbhyas 2016 aimed at strengthening and broadening the inter-operability and cooperation... Read More

    CSIR celebrates its platinum jubilee

    September 26, 2016
    India’s largest civilian research and development agency Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its platinum jubilee. The platinum jubilee celebrations were inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is also the President of CSIR.
    PM Modi also released seven new plant varieties developed at CSIR laboratories. He also witnessed exclusive CSIR Showcase on major technological contributions of CSIR. Besides, prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes was... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Pinky Balhara wins bronze medal in th Asian Beach Games

    September 26, 2016
    India’s Pinky Balhara has won bronze medal in the sporting event of kurash at the 5th Asian Beach Games held at Da Nang, Vietnam.
    She won the medal in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy won the gold medal in this event while another Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Quynh won the silver medal.
    To participate in the 5th Asian Beach Games, India had sent a contingent of 208 members. The... Read More
    Category: Sports

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    Alexander Zverev defeats Stan Wawrinka to win St Petersburg Open Men s Singles title

    September 26, 2016
    German tennis player Alexander Zverev has defeated Stan Wawrinka to win his first tour title in the St. Petersburg Open final on 25 September 2016. Zverev defeated Wawrinka by 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to win the title. With this, Zverev becomes the first man to beat Wawrinka in a tour final since 2013. The loss also ends a 10-match unbeaten run for Wawrinka. St. Petersburg Open : The St. Petersburg Open is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. It is a part of the ATP... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away

    September 26, 2016
    US golfer Arnold Palmer passed away on 25 September 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to heart complications. He was 87. Palmer is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. Arnold Palmer :  Born on 10 September 2016, Arnold Palmer was an American professional golfer.He learned golf from his father, who had suffered from polio at a young age. He attended Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship.He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and... Read More

    China unveils Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in search for extraterrestrial life

    September 26, 2016
    China has officially launched the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in a mountainous region of Guizhou province on 25 September 2016. The telescope was launched to hunt for extraterrestrial life and explore space. Highlights  :  The FAST is a radio telescope located in the Dawodang depression, a natural basin in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province, southwest China.It consists of a fixed 500 m dish constructed in a natural depression in the landscape.It is the... Read More
    Category: International

    Tamil Nadu government to launch Amma Free Wi Fi zones

    September 26, 2016
    The Tamil Nadu government has issued orders to set up 'Amma Free Wi-Fi' zones in 50 places across the state . To implement the Free Wi-Fi zone scheme as announced in the party manifesto, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa issued orders to set up Amma Wi-Fi zone in 50 spots, comprising larger bus terminuses, commercial complexes and parks . Similarly, higher secondary school and college students would also be given free access to internet as per the poll promise . In the first phase, 50... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    th BRICS Agriculture Meeting held in India

    September 26, 2016
    India host the sixth Brics meeting on Agriculture and Agrarian Development from September 22, and deliberate on priority areas of cooperation between the five countries of the bloc.
    The discussion will centre around five priority areas of cooperation in the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Action Plan for 2012-2016. The areas of cooperation include creating basic agricultural information exchange system, strategy for ensuring access to food for the most vulnerable... Read More

    National waterways project threatens Gangetic dolphins

    September 26, 2016
    According to the scientists and wildlife conservationists, the National Waterways (NW) project possesses serious environmental threat to Gangetic river dolphins.
    The development NW1 in the River Ganga is considered as single-largest threat to the survival of the species, whose numbers are declining in most parts of their natural habitat. River dolphins are found in Ganga and Brahmaputra and its tributaries.  It has been declared endangered species and is protected under Schedule I of... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Indian cities make it to Mastercard global destination index

    September 26, 2016
    Five Indian cities have been named among the top 100 destination cities globally, with Mumbai and Chennai registering at least 1 million overnight visitors in 2016. According to the sixth annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index released today, the five have made it to the top 100 destination cities for 2016. Mumbai was ranked at 27 while Chennai was placed at the 30th position. Delhi came in at 48, Kolkata (62), along withPune (91).
    Mumbai and Chennai stand out as the fastest... Read More

    Rajasthan replaces lakh streetlights with LED bulbs

    September 26, 2016
    Rajasthan becomes the first state to adopt Centre's Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB). Almost 5 lakh conventional streetlights have been replaced with LED streetlights across the state. The project has been funded byEnergy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public energy services company under the administration of Union ministry of power at no cost to the state. In Ajmer, over 33,000 lamps have been replaced, with an investment of over Rs 14... Read More
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    Chandigarh Administration French Development Agency sign MoUs

    September 26, 2016
    Chandigarh Administration and French Development Agency (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on Chandigarh Smart City Project and 'Technical Cooperation' in the field of Sustainable Urban Mobility.
    The MoUs were signed by K K Jindal, Secretary Transport, Chandigarh Administration and Minister Counsellor, Embassy of France in India, Jean Marc FENET and Director French Development Agency, Nicolas Fornage. FENET assured the Chandigarh Administration that the Indo-French... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Arun Goyal appointed Additional Secretary in GST Council

    September 26, 2016
    Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.
    The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is mandated to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit.
    The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved Goyal's appointment against the newly created post, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training . Goyal, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Union Territory cadre, is at present... Read More
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    ISRO launched satellites in two different Orbits

    September 26, 2016
    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched eight satellites in two different orbits in a single mission on 26 September 2016. These satellites were launched with the PSLV C35 from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta. The satellites that was carried into space include the primary payload SCATSAT-1 of India, weighing 371 kg, and seven other customer payloads (five foreign and two domestic) together weighing 304 kg during lift off. The... Read More

    Sun Pharma signs deal with ICGEB to develop India s first dengue vaccine

    September 26, 2016
    India’s largest pharmaceutical company Sun Pharma has signed deal with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) for clinical development Cissampelos pariera (Cipa), India’s first vaccine (drug) for the treatment of dengue.
    The partnership between Sun Pharma and ICGEB aims to develop` safe, effective and affordable botanical drug Cipa. Under the deal, Sun Pharma will get access to all the intellectual properties (IP) rights of the drug across 17... Read More

    nd SAARC Anti Terrorism Mechanism held in New Delhi

    September 26, 2016
    The second meeting of the High Level Group of Eminent Experts to strengthen the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism was held in New Delhi.
    Delegations from all eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries participated in the conference. SAARC  members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Issues of terrorism and the measures to strengthen the SAARC anti-terrorism mechanism were discussed. Besides, other... Read More

    UNSC approves resolution for global implementation CTBT to ban nuclear weapons tests

    September 26, 2016
    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved a resolution urging quick global implementation of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban treaty (CTBT) to ban tests of nuclear weapons. The resolution has welcomed progress made towards universalization of the Treaty with 14 votes in favour of it and one abstention (Egypt). The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions for both civilian and military purposes. It was adopted by the UNGA under resolution 50 (1996).
    The Treaty will enter into force 180... Read More
    Category: International

    GST council sets exemption threshold for tax at Rs lakh

    September 26, 2016
    The first meeting of Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council has decided to exempt businesses with annual turnover below Rs.20 lakh out of the GST net.
    The meeting was presided by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi and was attended by Finance ministers of states. Exemption Issue : Threshold for exemption for businesses in Northeastern and hill states will be for annual turnover below Rs.10 lakh and rest of India it will below Rs.20 lakh. The Northeastern and hill states have... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    First Russia Pakistan military exercise Druzhba begins

    September 26, 2016
    The first military exercise between Russia and Pakistan named Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016) has kicked off in Pakistan.
    With this, Pakistani Army and Russian Ground Forces (RGF) have come together for the first time in military exercises reflecting growing military ties between two former Cold War rivals. The military exercise is taking place at the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan’s Rattu and at a special forces training centre in Cherat.
    The two week long joint... Read More
    Category: Defence

    R Ashwin becomes fastest Indian second overall to take Test wickets

    September 26, 2016
    Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian and second overall to take 200 wickets, reaching the milestone in his 37th Test on 25 September 2016. Ashwin trapped New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in front to get to the 200-mark on day four of the first Test at the Green Park in Kanpur. With this feat, Ashwin left behind the likes of Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis, who took 38 Tests to get to 200 wickets. South African pacer Dale Steyn took 39 Tests to reach the landmark. Only... Read More
    Category: Sports

    India s Velavan Senthilkumar wins U Asian Junior Individual squash title in Kuala Lumpur

    September 26, 2016
    India's Velavan Senthilkumar has bagged the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title on 24 September 2016. In the final clash played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he defetaed Jordan's Mohammad Al-Sarraj 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7. The Chennai player, who trains at the Indian Squash Academy, is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010. From among 31 Indian players in various age categories at the tournament, there were two more medal winners in... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova lifts Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo

    September 26, 2016
    India's Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova has lifted the women’s doubles title in the Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo on 24 September 2016. In the final clash, the Indo-Czech pair defeated the unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang 6-1, 6-1. This is Sania and Strycova's second title in three tournaments since they have paired together. This is Sania and Strycova's second title in three tournaments since they have paired together. They... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Asia s oldest MTB race kicks off in Shimla

    September 26, 2016
    The 12th edition of Asia’s oldest and world’s 3rd toughest mountain biking (MTB) race kicked off on 24 September 2016 from historic Ridge Maidan of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Nearly 67 participants from 14 countries including 11 men of SSB are taking part in the race which would conclude on 3 October 2016 in Dharmshala, the district headquarter of Kangra. Mohit Sood, President Himalayan Adventure Sport and Tourism Promotion Association said that total 650 kilometers would be... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would have allowed families of victims to sue Saudi Arabia

    September 26, 2016
    US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia on 23 September 2016. Earlier, the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was passed by both the chambers of the Republican controlled Congress. As per President, the JASTA, would have jeopardized the long standing international principles regarding sovereignty and would have made adverse impact with US interests and nationals overseas. In his message accompanying... Read More
    Category: International



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