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  • Facebook Amazon Google IBM and Microsoft on one AI platform

    1165 days ago
    In a major boost to artificial intelligence (AI) research, five top-notch tech companies  Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft  have joined hands to announce a historic partnership on AI and machine learning. It means that these companies will discuss advancements and conduct research in AI and how to develop best products and services powered by machine learning, Tech Crunch reported on Thursday. Initial financial help will come from these companies and as other stakeholders... Read More

    Defence Acquisition Council clears proposals worth Rs crore

    1165 days ago
    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared proposals worth 1,900 crore rupees (close to $3 billion). All these approved proposals will be executed under ‘Buy India’ by Indian contractors. Decision in this regard was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi. Weapons repair facility at Port Blair at a cost of Rs 450 crore. Anti-tank guided missiles for training purpose of the army. It is worth of 405 crore rupees.
    Electronic... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Patna High Court quashes Bihar Prohibition of Liquor Act

    1165 days ago
    Patna High Court has quashed Bihar government notification completely banning liquor in the state on 30 September 2016. The court said that the notification is ultra vires to the Constitution . A division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh quashed the 5 April 2016 notification of the state government to stop consumption and sale of alcohol in the state. The court in its verdict said that the notification is ultra vires to the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Railways Ministry launches various Railways Services

    1165 days ago
    Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has launched various Railways Services and dedicated them to the nation on 29 September 2016. These Railways services are: Liberalised station to station special freight rates policy. Policy providing sub quota of 33% to women within reserved categories for the allotment in catering units. Policy giving preference to local domicile holders for commercial licenses at stations. New system of allocating vacant berths after final charting to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Union Government launched Progress Panchayat to reach out to minority community

    1165 days ago
    The Union Government has launched Progress Panchayat on 29 September 2016. This Panchayat is aimed at reach out the minority community and publicize the various welfare measures taken by the NDA government for their betterment. The programme was kick started by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (independent charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi from Mewat region of Haryana. The programme will be organized in 100 places across the country in the coming days where Union Ministers will interact... Read More

    West Bengal government decides to install Monorail

    1165 days ago
    West Bengal government has decided to install monorail from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas to Ruby Connector in Kolkata. This was informed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 29 September 2016. The 14-kilometre-long monorail route will connect Budge Budge to Ruby via Taratala, New Alipore and Prince Anwar Shah Road and will come up at a cost of 4216 crore rupees. This new service will also connect commuters to the proposed metro rail network between New Garia to Kolkata airport. For... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Tirupati Airport awarded Best Tourist Friendly Airport

    1165 days ago
    Airports Authority of India’s Tirupati Airport was awarded the Best Tourist Friendly Airport under the category for State Annual Excellence Awards for the year 2015-16 by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The award was presented on the eve of World Tourism Day by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandra Babu Naidu at Bhawani Islands, Vijayawada. State Annual Tourism Excellence Awards : The State Annual Tourism Excellence Awards under various segments of Travel and Tourism Industry are... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    BRICS Labour Employment Ministerial Meet held in New Delhi

    1165 days ago
    The 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet was held in New Delhi from September 27- 28, 2016 to deliberate on issues including job creation and social security for workers.
    The two day meeting saw the participation of the five major emerging BRICS economies viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting had dedicated sessions on employment generation, social security, inclusive development and formalization. Fruitful discussions on areas of common labour and... Read More

    September International Translation Day

    1165 days ago
    The International Translation Day is being observed today on 30 September across The world with the theme"Translation and Interpreting: Connecting Worlds".
    This is the annual event for the translation community and event is marked with a series of dedicated events, seminars and symposiums across the world. Established by the International Federation of Translators (FIT), the annual celebration of the International Translation Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Union Government notifies constitution of Monetary Policy Committee

    1165 days ago
    The Union Government has notified the constitution of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on 29 September 2016. The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (RBI Act) has been amended by the Finance Act, 2016,  to provide for a statutory and institutionalised framework for a Monetary Policy Committee, for maintaining price stability. As per the provisions of the RBI Act, out of the six Members of Monetary Policy Committee, three Members will be from the RBI. The other three Members of MPC will be... Read More

    Shakti Sinha appointed as new Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

    1165 days ago
    Retired IAS officer Shakti Sinha was appointed as the Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) on 29 September 2016. His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Sinha, who served in the Prime Minister's Office during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, was also Director in India Foundation, a think tank aligned to the RSS. The post of Director of NMML was vacant since the resignation of its previous Director Mahesh Rangarajan in the year... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Myntra appoints Dipanjan Basu as Chief Financial Officer

    1165 days ago
    Online fashion portal Myntra has announced the appointment of Dipanjan Basu as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 29 September 2016. Basu’s appointment will be effective from 17 October 2016.  Dipanjan Basu : Previously, Dipanjan Basu served as the Chief Finance & Operating Officer for Wipro’s Digital & Consulting Business where he was responsible in building and setting up new businesses, M&A and investments in startups.He also oversaw the finance function for... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    September World Heart Day

    1165 days ago
    World Heart Day is being observed annually on 29 September across the world.  World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.
    Theme for the World Heart Day 2016 is 'Light Your Heart, Empower Your Life'. This World Heart Day we’ve joined forces with Bupa and Philips to make World Heart Day more powerful than ever. With their support, we are raising awareness and encouraging... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Manohar Parrikar Inaugurates th Coast Guard Commanders Conference

    1165 days ago
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has inaugurated the 35th Coast Guard Commanders Conference at Coast Guard Headquarters. Parrikar appreciated the efforts of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in augmenting maritime and coastal security not only by deployment of assets but also by efficient exploitation of Coastal Security Network Phase I and expressed hope that CSN Phase II would also be implemented on time. He also congratulated the ICG on their protracted efforts with Pakistan and Sri Lankan... Read More

    Union Cabinet gives approval Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana and Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

    1165 days ago
    The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) 2003 and Varistha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) 2014. The Cabinet also granted approval for expenditure incurred on subsidy amount released to LIC for the both schemes. VPBY was launched on 14th July, 2003 and was open till 14th August, 2015 and VPBY was launched on 14th August, 2014.
    Both the schemes are closed for future subscriptions. These schemes were implemented through Life Insurance... Read More

    Union Cabinet approves closure of Hindustan Cables Limited

    1165 days ago
    The Union Cabinet gave its approval for closure of Hindustan Cables Limited (HCL), Kolkata on 28 September 2016. The approval was given as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956/2013, Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 and other relevant Acts. The employees of the company will be offered attractive VRS/ VSS Package at notional 2007 pay scales and other employees’ related liabilities including payment of salary and wages from April 2015 till they are separated from the Company on... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Indian women s Kabaddi team wins gold in Asian Beach Games

    1165 days ago
    Indian women’s Kabbadi team has bagged gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games on 28 September 2016. In the summit clash played at Bien Dong Park in Danang, Vietnam, the team defeated Thailand 41-31.This was fifth gold in succession for the Indian team. The Indian women's kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008. For Thailand, it was the fifth time in a row they had lost to India in a final. Besides, the Indian men's beach kabaddi... Read More
    Category: Sports

    WHO declares Region of the Americas as Measles free

    1165 days ago
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Region of the Americas as Measles free on 27 September 2016. The declaration came during the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). With this, the Americas became the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death.This achievement marked culmination of a 22-year... Read More
    Category: International

    Telugu writer Prof Kalakaluri Enoch conferred th Moortidevi Award

    1165 days ago
    Noted Telugu writer Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch was conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015 at function in New Delh on 29 September 2016. The award was given for his novel Ananta Jeevanam. The novel was thought-provoking and contemplative as it depicted the struggle of the weak, the downtrodden and the common man of Rayalaseema. This is the first time a Telugu writer was selected for the award. Veteran art historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayana presented the award to Prof.... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Union Government decides to raise EPFO Investment in ETF from to per cent

    1165 days ago
    The Union Government has decided to raise the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) investment in Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) from existing 5 per cent to 10 per cent on 30 September 2016. The decision has been taken considering the good returns in ETF investment. An official release said, in the last one year, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has invested 6577 crore rupees. The investment has yielded a good return of 13.24 per cent. The past performance of the last six months from... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    R Subramania Kumar appointed Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank

    1165 days ago
    The Union Government has appointed R Subramania Kumar as Executive Director (ED) of state-owned Indian Overseas Bank on 29 September 2016. Kumar is currently serving as the Executive Director of Indian Bank. Indian Overseas Bank :  Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) is a major public sector bank based in Chennai. It has about 3700 domestic branches, including 1150 branches in Tamil Nadu, 3 extension counters, and eight branches and offices overseas as of 30 September 2014. Indian Overseas Bank... Read More
    Category: Persons

    India to invest billion in Sri Lanka

    1165 days ago
    India is going to invest 2 billion dollars in Sri Lanka in the next three-four years. It was announced by Union Minister for State (MoS) Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to Sri Lanka.  She had visited Sri Lanka for talks on the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) to discuss the terms of the agreement. Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) :  ETCA agreement seeks to boost cooperation in scientific expertise, technical... Read More
    Category: International

    Indian Army carries out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across LoC

    1165 days ago
    Indian Army has successfully conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) i.e. along India’s de-facto border with Pakistan.
    The surgical strikes were India’s first direct military response to attack on Uri army base by Pakistan-based militants that had killed 18 Indian soldiers.  The motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into the Indian territory.... Read More
    Category: Defence



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