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  • Zaheer Khan made honorary life member by MCC

    1194 days ago
    Former pacer Zaheer Khan has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), becoming the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honour. Zaheer is the second former India international to be elected in recent weeks following Virender Sehwag, who became an Honorary Life Member last month. The list also includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, who were inducted in previous years. Zaheer played 92 Test matches for his country during a successful... Read More

    BHEL commissions Unit of Teesta Low Dam hydro power project

    1194 days ago
    State-run BHEL has commissioned the fourth and last unit of the 4x40 MW Teesta Low Dam Hydro Electric Project (HEP) Stage-IV in West Bengal. A run-of-the-river greenfield project located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Teesta HEP has been set up by NHPC Ltd, on the River Teesta. According to the statement, power generation from the Teesta project will result in reduction of green-house gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state as well as the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    PM announces Rs crore package to engage J K youth in sports

    1194 days ago
    With a view to engage youth of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in constructive sporting activities, a special package of Rs. 200 crore has been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    The package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the State with a view to provide playing facilities to youth during long winter in the state. Two stadiums in the State capitals of Srinagar and Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards under the package while... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov dies

    1194 days ago
    Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov passed away on 2 September 2016 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He was 78. Karimov had dominated Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous nation, for more than 25 years. Islam Karimov :  Islam Karimov was the first President of Uzbekistan, in office from 1990 to 2016.He was born in Samarkand and was in and out of an orphanage from 1941 to 1945. He became an official in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He became the party's First... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao sworn in as acting Governor of Tamil Nadu

    1194 days ago
    Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, was sworn in as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu on 2 September 2016 as the tenure of K. Rosaiah ended on 31 August 2016. Rao was administered oath of office by the Madras High Court's Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul at the Raj Bhavan, Chennai. Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao : Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao is the present Governor of Maharashtra. He took oath as the Governor on 30 August 2014. Previously, he served as the Union Minister... Read More

    Country s economic growth recorded in first quarter of current fiscal

    1194 days ago
    The country's economy grew at 7.1% in the April to June quarter of the current fiscal.
    This is the slowest growth in the last six quarters and was mainly due to the subdued performance of the mining, construction and farm sectors. GDP had expanded 7.5 % growth in the year-ago quarter, and 7.9% in the January to March 2016 quarter. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, growth in the farm sector was 1.8 % , and in construction it was 1.5 % during the quarter under... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    K K Aggarwal elected National President of Indian Medical Association

    1194 days ago
    Cardiologist K K Aggarwal has been unanimously elected as the National President of the Indian Medical Association for the year 2016-17. Aggarwal is currently the Secretary General of the doctors association. Dr Ravi Wankhedkar from Maharashtra will be the National President for the year 2017-18 and Dr R N Tandon will take over as Honorary Secretary General. The new team will take over on December 28. Indian Medical Association is the only representative, national voluntary organisation of... Read More
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    Vice President inaugurates the th phase of the Vidyadhanam project in Kochi

    1194 days ago
    Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari inaugurated the 4th phase of the Vidyadhanam project at Kochi, Ernakulam in Kerala on August 31, 2016. The project provides financial incentive and scholarship to bright students from government and aided schools, in addition to encouraging cultivation of life skills, such as thrift and financial inclusion.
    While inaugurating the project Vice President Ansari said that, there is a need to ensuring not only increase in government investments in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Allahabad High Court imposed a fine of Rs Crore on UP government

    1194 days ago
    The Uttar Pradesh government landed in trouble as the Allahabad High Court penalised it with a fine of Rs 1 Crore. The fine was imposed following the land acquisition matter of Loni, Ghaziabad. The Allahabad High Court ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to deposit the fine in the Court before September 15, 2016. Also, the next date of hearing is the same as the deadline. Justice Tarun Agarwala and Justice Vipin Sinha headed the bench which passed the order of penalty while hearing a petition... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Bank rolls out mobile app

    1194 days ago
    Union Bank of India has launched USSD (unstructured supplementary service data) based ‘*99#’ mobile application on Play Store on Android platform. This ‘*99#’ mobile app does not require internet connectivity to perform banking and other value-added services. The app provides basic banking transactions such as checking account balance, money transfer, and MPIN (mobile personal identification number) management. It also provides value-added services like checking... Read More

    Jackie Chan to receive lifetime achievement Oscar

    1194 days ago
    Martial arts expert and actor Jackie Chan will receive a lifetime achievement Oscar. The announcement was made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Chan made his movie debut at the age of 8. Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong-sang on April 7, 1954, in Hong Kong, China. He began studying martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing at age 7.
    Once considered a likely successor to Bruce Lee in Hong Kong cinema, Chan instead developed his own style of martial arts blended with... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    DCB launches mVisa a mobile based payment solution for retail outlets

    1194 days ago
    Private sector DCB Bank has announced the launch of a mobile based payment solution, mVisa, for easier retail payment.The private sector bank said customers can now pay through their smartphones by scanning the unique Quick Response (QR) code at the retail outlet. mVisa, a mobile-based payment solution will make payments at retail outlets much easier. Customers can pay now through their smart phones by scanning the unique Quick Response (QR) code at the retail outlet. DCB Bank Ltd : DCB Bank... Read More

    Odisha becomes th state to ratify GST Bill

    1194 days ago
    Odisha has become the 16th state to ratify the constitutional amendment bill passed by Parliament to introduce the goods and services tax (GST), helping cross the important threshold of more than half the number of states needed for the proposed law to be sent for presidential assent.
    Once the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill gets the President's assent, the government will be able to set up the GST Council, a body of central and state representatives that will work out the... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Kiran M Shaw appointed Knight of Legion of Honour by France

    1194 days ago
    Biocon chairperson and managing director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been appointed 'Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur' (Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour) for her outstanding contribution and dedication to Biosciences and Research field globally. The award will be conferred on behalf of the President of the French Republic at a special ceremony later this year . Chevalier l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur, created in 1802... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    First BRICS film festival begins in New Delhi

    1194 days ago
    The first BRICS film festival has begun at the Sirifort Auditorium Complex in New Delhi. The film festival is the run up to the BRICS summit which is to be held in Goa in October 2016.
    It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V.K Singh The film festival has been started with an objective to build bridges and bring harmony amongst the BRICS countries viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China... Read More

    Deep Kumar Upadhyay re appointed as Nepal s envoy to India

    1194 days ago
    Deep Kumar Upadhyay was re-appointed as Nepal's ambassador to India.The meeting held at Prime Minister's office in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, proposed Upadhyay for Nepali ambassador to India and Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel for China, reports Kathmandu Post. Upadhyay, who was serving as Nepal's ambassador to India since April 2015, was suddenly recalled by the erstwhile K.P. Sharma Oli-led government in May. He was elected from the Kapilvastu-1 constituency in the 2008... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India s first international conference on cooking gas begins in Odisha

    1194 days ago
    India’s first international conference on cooking gas has started in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The 2-day conference was inaugurated by Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu. It was also attended by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The conference has been organised by state-owned petroleum companies. It will deliberate on the need for an LPG-enabled household and use of traditional cooking fuels. It will focus on the need for an LPG enabled household, problems arising... Read More

    Solung festival begins in Arunachal Pradesh

    1194 days ago
    The annual socio-religious Solung festival of Adi tribe has started in Arunachal Pradesh. Solung is 5-day long agro-based festival is celebrated every year by the Adi tribe in the first week of September. The Solung festival reflects the socio-religious features of the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Adi or ‘Bangni-Boker lhoba ’people are the major collective tribes living in the himalayan hills of ‘Nyingchi’ prefecture in Arunachal Pradesh.
    To mark the... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    NASA Scientist for first time sequences DNA in Space

    1194 days ago
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the first time has successfully sequenced DNA in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The genome sequencing was undertaken for the first time in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. The experiments were undertaken by using commercially available DNA sequencing device called MinION on samples of mouse, virus and bacteria DNA.
    The tests were set up for... Read More

    Billion Years Old fossils discovered on Earth in Greenland rocks

    1194 days ago
    A team of scientists have discovered the world’s oldest stromatolite fossils about 3.7 billion years old in the world’s oldest sedimentary rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt along the edge of Greenland’s icecap. The findings were published in journal Nature on 31 August 2016. Led by the Australian University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Professor Allen Nutman, the team's discovery pushes back the previous record by 220 million years and captures the earliest history of the... Read More
    Category: Environment

    New species of Pterosaur from early Jurassic Era discovered in Patagonia

    1194 days ago
    A group of scientists has discovered a new species of pterosaur from the early Jurassic period in the Patagonia region of South America. The discovery was disclosed in a study that was published in the last week of August 2016 in the journal PeerJ. The study also provides new information on the origin, tempo and mode of evolution in pterosaurs. Highlights of the discovery : The new species has been named Allkauren koi from the native Tehuelche word ‘all’ for ‘brain’,... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Veteran trade union leader Sharad Rao passes away

    1194 days ago
    Veteran trade union leader Sharad Rao passed away on 1 September 2016 in Mumbai. He was 78. Rao is acknowledged for his role in mobilising the work force in both the organised and unorganised sectors. Sharad Rao : Rao was associated with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).He headed several unions including the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply Trust (BEST) Workers’ Union and the Municipal Mazdoor Union. He also served as the leader of Mumbai... Read More
    Category: Obituary



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