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  • Delhi HC said that every vehicle must display registration numbers

    22 mins ago
    The Delhi High Court said that every vehicle, including those of top constitutional authorities, running on the city roads has to abide by the law and have a registration number that should be displayed. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said there can be no manner of doubt that every vehicle has to comport with the Motor Vehicle Act and has to be registered with a registering authority and must display the registration number.

    Brij Bhushan Saran Singh to be named India's Chef de Mission at 2018 Asian Games

    33 mins ago
    He is the president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The four deputy Chefs de Mission set to be be appointed are ♦ B.S. Kushwaha (former secretary of Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Federation), ♦ R.K. Sacheti (executive director of Boxing Federation of India), ♦ D.K. Singh (Uttarakhand Olympic Association) and ♦ Colonel R.K. Swain (secretary Equestrian Federation of India). The Host cities for Asian Games 2018 are Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.

    Indian junior womens hockey team beats Belgium at U 23 tournament

    40 mins ago
    The Indian junior women’s hockey team defeated Belgium (2-0) at the Under-23 six-nations tournament. This is its third consecutive win at the tournament. Sangita Kumari and Salima Tete found the target. Meantime, the junior men’s team was held 1-1 by Belgium in its third round-robin match. Mohammad Umar from India and Syril Frying from Belgium found the target.

    European Union and Japan signed a 'landmark' free trade deal

    52 mins ago
    The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU's top officials and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the biggest ever negotiated by the EU and creates a free trade zone covering nearly a third of the world's GDP. This deal comes as Washington imposes new tariffs and threatens a trade war with China. Under this free trade agreement, the EU will open its market to Japan's auto industry, with Tokyo in return scrapping barriers to EU farming products, especially dairy, cheese and wine. ♦ EU Council President - Donald Tusk ♦ EU Commission head - Jean-Claude Juncker

    Abbasi says if PML-N wins Shahbaz Sharif is likely to be next PM

    58 mins ago
    Pakistan’s former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of jailed PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is likely to be the next Prime Minister if the party wins the election. The final decision will be made with a consensus in the party after the results. Pakistan votes for a new prime minister on July 25, 2018. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, founded by three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been in power for five years. It will be challenged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the July 25 election.

    The next senior FIFA World Cup will be held in France

    1 hour ago
    The next senior Football World Cup: the women's tournament will be held in France, next year. The quadrennial international men's football championship - 2022 FIFA World Cup  is scheduled to take place in Qatar. President of FIFA - Gianni Infantino (elected on 26 February 2016).

    ISRO signed with 3 partners

    1 hour ago
    The nodal satellites division U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed with three partners, two private and one government-run firm, to help it assemble 27 satellites at a quick pace over the next three years. The partners are Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd and its six consortium members, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, Hyderabad. A URSC official signed the agreements with the three entities in the presence of URSC Director M. Annadurai.

    RBI plans to issue new Rs. 100 notes in violet colour

    1 hour ago
    RBI will issue new ₹100 notes in a smaller size than previous version and with violet colour as the base. This note will reportedly feature the picture of Rani-Ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell), which is in Gujarat's Patan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. RBI is likely to release these notes in August or September and all ₹100 notes issued by it earlier will remain valid. The Dewas-based Bank Note Press has started printing the new 100 rupee note. Current RBI Governor - Dr. Urjit Patel.

  • Anargya, Sayani won the titles in the 11 Sports Central Zone National ranking table tennis tournament

    21 hours ago
    Sayani Panda of West Bengal and Anargya Manjunath of Karnataka, the top seeds, won the cadet and sub-junior girls’ titles, respectively, on the 11 Sports Central Zone National-ranking table tennis tournament. In the boys’ section, second seed Delhi’s Payas Jain and Maharashtra’s Gaurav Panchangam reigned supreme in the sub-junior and cadet categories, respectively.

    Indian youth boxers wins 7 gold medals at Serbian youth boxing tournament

    22 hours ago
    Indian boxers won 7 gold medals in the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament held at Subotica, Serbia. Four men and three women finished with gold medals at the tournament, which featured 17 countries. India claimed the numero uno position with 17 medals, including six silver and four bronze.

    Adani signed agreement with NYK Auto to run auto freight trains

    22 hours ago
    Adani Logistics Ltd. (ALL) has signed an agreement with NYK Auto Logistics (India) Private Ltd. (NALI) to form a joint venture (JV) that will specialize in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains. The JV would participate in AFTO (Automobile Freight Train Operator) Policy of the Ministry of Railways and offer its trains for transporting vehicles across India more efficiently. The planning will commence operation with six trains. It is predicted that ALL will have 25 trains in operation in three years based on its market trends.

    ThyssenKrupp chairman Ulrich Lehner resigns

    22 hours ago
    Ulrich Lehner's, the Chairman of Germany's ThyssenKrupp, has resigned after pressure from unhappy shareholders over his performance. Guido Kerkhoff is now the acting CEO of the company. This is the second major departure in the company after the CEO, Heinrich Hiesinger, resigned two weeks ago. These resignations have come a few weeks after ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel finalized an agreement to set up a European steel Joint Venture. ThyssenKrupp's large investors’ discontent with the terms of the deal.

    Upgraded Vikas engine with more thrust will boost ISRO rockets

    22 hours ago
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is to add muscle to their spacecraft lifting power in all three satellite launch vehicles. The space agency has improved the thrust of the Vikas engine that powers all of them. The high-thrust engine qualified after a ground test lasting 195 seconds (over three minutes).  The high-thrust Vikas engine is expected to put 4,000 kg satellites to space. It will improve the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles.  The Vikas engine is used in the second stage of the light lifting PSLV; the second stage and the four add-on stages of the medium-lift GSLV; and the twin-engine core liquid stage of Mk-III. ISRO is to try out Vikas by replacing it first in Mk-III with a cleaner and safer semi-cryogenic engine.

    Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet in France

    22 hours ago
    India's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal at the International de Sotteville-les-Rouen Meeting in France, beating a competitive field which included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott. He also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year before breaking the national record with a 87.43m effort at the Doha Diamond League, where he finished fourth. Neeraj is a part of India's squad for the Asian Games 2018.

    India ranks 109th, stands behind Pakistan in 4G speeds

    23 hours ago
    According to data speed tester Ookla, India ranks 109th in overall 4G mobile internet speeds with an average download speed of 9.12 Mbps which is less than Pakistan (14.03 Mbps). Out of the list comprising 124 countries, Qatar ranked first in the list with 63.22 Mbps average download speed. Norway stood second in the list with 62.14 Mbps download speed.

    LinkedIn hits 50 million users in India

    24 hours ago
    LinkedIn, World’s largest professional network platform, has witnessed a remarkable growth of 50 million userbase in India.  India is only behind the U.S. (150 million userbase) while China stands at third position with 40 million. LinkedIn was launched in India in 2009 with a user base of 3.4 million. It is observed that the company’s growth is largely driven by tier II, tier III cities instead of metros. Akshay Kothari, India head for LinkedIn, said the company is more focused on increasing blue-collared jobs availability. Besides, it is looking for regional language support on the platform.

    Scientists discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter

    24 hours ago
    Scientists have found 12 new moons orbiting around Jupiter, bringing its total number of moons to 79, the most for any planet in the solar system. One of the moons has been called a “real oddball” due to its tiny size.  Scientists think the vast number of objects orbiting the planet is probably the result of collisions earlier in its life, which have been captured by Jupiter and now continue to orbit it.

    India jump to 5th rank in latest Men's Hockey World Rankings

    18 July 2018
    In the latest list of Men's hockey world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), India jumped one place to the fifth position, and Champions Trophy winners Australia (1906 points) remained on top of the chart. Argentina ranked second with 1883 points, followed by Belgium (1709 points) and Netherlands (1654 points). The next challenge for India is the Asian Games, in which India have been placed in Pool A alongside Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong China, while Pool B comprises Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Thailand and hosts Indonesia.

    Vinesh Phogat won gold at Spanish Grand Prix

    1 day ago
    24-year-old Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat grabbed a gold in the women's 50kg freestyle category at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid, by defeating Canada's Natasha Fox 10-0 in the final match. She had won a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the 50kg category.

    ASI has planned to upgrade seven monuments in Tamil Nadu

    1 day ago
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has planned to upgrade infrastructural and tourist-friendly facilities at seven sites, which are approved under Adarsh Smarak Scheme for Conservation of Monuments, in Tamil Nadu.  The Adarsh Monuments proposed to be upgraded by the Ministry of Culture include the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, Vellore Fort, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Kailasanathar Temple in Kancheepuram, Sittannavasal Caves, Gingee Fort and Moovar Koil in Kodumbalur. The work has already begun at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram.

    India's first Defence incubators will come up in Hyderabad

    1 day ago
    The incubator will be housed at T-Hub and will be India’s missile development centre and fast emerging the hub for aerospace industries. The incubator will be funded through the Ministry’s Innovation for Defence Exellence (iDEX) scheme. Initially, a corpus of ₹100 crore has been created by two PSUs- HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) and BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited), each contributing ₹50 crore.

    Marc Marquez won German Grand Prix for 9th time

    1 day ago
    Honda's Marc Marquez clinched his ninth consecutive German Grand Prix victory and took a 46-point championship lead over Valentino Rossi into the summer break after dominating what is set to be the final MotoGP race at the Sachsenring. Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished second with his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales third.

    UK topped Global Ranking of Nations' soft power

    1 day ago
    In 2018 'Soft Power 30' index, published by UK-based strategic communications consultancy firm Portland and the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, France placed second and Germany as third followed by the US. India does not figure on the list, but this year's report also features a chapter dedicated solely to Asia, listing 10 countries in the region, ranking India's soft power as eighth.

    EU and Japan signed major trade deal

    1 day ago
    Japan and the EU signed a trade deal, as an act against protectionism, as Washington puts up barriers and threatens a trade war. The deal which is signed in Tokyo is the largest ever negotiated by the EU. It is aimed to create a massive free trade zone, eliminating tariffs for everything from Japanese cars to French cheese. The agreement is expected to enter into force in 2019.

    Sajan clinches gold in Junior Asian Wrestling Championships

    1 day ago
    Indian wrestler Sajan clinched India’s first gold on the opening day of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships. Sajan outplayed Iranian Shayan Hossein Afifi in the title clash of the 77kg category Greco-Roman bout 3-0. The first point was scored after the opponent was penalized for passivity and Sajan managed to throw Afifi out of the mat for two more in the first round.

    IIT Madras unveiled World's First Remotely Operable Microscope

    1 day ago
    The Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) at a cost of Rs 40 crore, was developed in a collaborative exercise involving eight top research institutions headed by IIT Madras. The microscope enables precise view of atoms of a material and a true three-dimensional (3D) atomic scale reconstruction which would impart a major thrust to research in nanotechnology, among other fields.

    Aadhaar not mandatory for Rs. 5 lakh insurance under Modicare

    1 day ago
    The Health Ministry has clarified it's not mandatory for beneficiaries to submit Aadhaar details for seeking ₹5-lakh health insurance under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, dubbed as 'Modicare'. About Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

    Turkey to sell 30 Military Helicopters to Pakistan

    1 day ago
    The deal for the sale of Turkey's T129 ATAK helicopters was signed between Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Pakistani Defense Production Ministry. Turkey would also provide logistics, spare parts, training and ammunition.

  • DRDO successfully test fired BrahMos Missile from Odisha

    2 days ago
    Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian Army have test fired a supersonic BrahMos cruise missile under "extreme weather conditions", in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The missile - named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia - is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The missile’s range is estimated at around 300 to 400 kilometers. BrahMos is considered one of the the world’s fastest cruise missile currently in operational use.

    Odisha to get India's 1st skill training centre

    2 days ago
    Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the Centre is planning to set up one National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) in every State to meet the rising demand for skilled manpower in the country. He laid the foundation stone of country’s first such skill training institute at Barang near Bhubaneswar. The Institute costing Rs 160 crore will come up over five acres of land and have state-of-the-art facilities. The Centre has introduced an array of national and State level projects like Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities, Clean India, Urja Ganga gas pipeline project and Sagarmala port project which needs skilled workforce.

    Boxer Mayweather tops Forbes' list of World's highest paid celebrity

    2 days ago
    American Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has been named the world's highest paid celebrity by Forbes with earnings of $285 million in the last 12 months. Actor George Clooney take the No. 2 spot with the highest annual pay of his career. Reality star Kylie Jenner, 20, came in third on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Lionel Messi (ranked 8th with $111 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (ranked 10th with $108 million) were the only other athletes in the top 10.

    World famous Rath Yatra celebrated in Odisha

    2 days ago
    Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14. This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha  temple. Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.

    Joint Commission Meeting between Indian and Oman begins in Muscat

    2 days ago
    The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu addressed 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Oman, Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy. Suresh Prabhu invited Omani companies to make investments and to get benefit from ‘Make in India’ and ‘Invest India’ programmes which are aimed to encourage manufacturing. Indian companies have invested in Oman in sectors like iron and steel, cement, fertilizers, textile, cables, chemicals and automotive, especially in Sohar and Salalah. India-Oman Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), a joint venture between State Bank of India and State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of Oman, a special purpose vehicle to invest in India.

    U.S. and North Korea held talks at DMZ village

    2 days ago
    U.S. and North Korean military officials met on the inter-Korean border to discuss the return of remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War. This is the first time in nine years that generals from the two sides have held talks. The repatriation of U.S. remains is among the agreements of the Singapore summit which was held between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Negotiations had begun at 0100 GMT at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.

    Bhushan steel appointed Narendran as Chairman

    2 days ago
    Bhushan Steel, acquired by Tata Steel under corporate resolution process, has appointed T.V. Narendran as Chairman and non-executive, additional director of the company. Mr. Narendran is the CEO & MD of Tata Steel. A new management team has been put into place at Bhushan Steel after it was acquired by Tata Steel via the insolvency and bankruptcy process.

    Cassini coverage of NASA lands Emmy nomination

    2 days ago
    The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated NASA’s coverage of the Cassini mission’s final crash into Saturn for an Emmy in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category.   In 2017, after nearly 20 years in space and 13 years revealing the wonders of Saturn, Cassini began a whole new mission, its Grand Finale, which ended with a spectacular plunge into the planet.

    PM dedicated Bansagar Canal Project to Nation in Mirzapur

    2 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Bansagar Canal Project to the Nation in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. This project will provide a big boost to irrigation in the region and will be greatly beneficial for the farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts of Uttar Pradesh. In 2014 this project was made a part of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The Bansagar Dam project is a joint venture of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. The total canal network under it is 171 km long. This project will benefit 1,70,000 thousand farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts. The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone of the Mirzapur Medical College, besides inaugurating 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the State and dedicated a bridge over the River Ganga at Balughat.

    President Ram Nath Kovind clears Bill against witch-hunting

    2 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind give assent to the witch-hunting (Prohibition, Prevention, and Protection) Bill, 2015 that the Assam Assembly passed three years ago. The Act prescribes a prison term of up to 7 years and up to Rs. 5 lakh in fine for calling a person witch. It also has provisions to come with Section 302 of the IPC, punishment for murder, if someone is killed after being branded a witch. This Bill has rejuvenated the campaign of a barely literate 65-year-old woman against superstition that has claimed scores of lives.

    Ramesh Powar appointed as interim coach of India women's cricket team

    2 days ago
    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar to look after the Indian women’s cricket team till replacement for coach Tushar Arothe will be found. The Indian womens Cricket team is scheduled to have a series in Sri Lanka in August.

    Haryana Governor took additional charge of Himachal Pradesh

    2 days ago
    Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh by President Ram Nath Kovind. He would carry the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of incumbent Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat, who is on leave.

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