Thursday 30 June 2016

Health Minister launches mobile app on Diabetes

In view of rising non-communicable diseases across the country, central government has stepped up efforts for fight against diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart diseases. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda launched a Mobile App on diabetes. Besides, the health ministry has also launched various magazines. The Health Minister launched the M-Diabetes initiative which harnesses the power and potential of the vast

Vice President inaugurates 2-day international conference on Yoga

About 70 international delegates from 32 countries are attending the Conference. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, yoga guru Swami Ramdev and Professor H.R. Nagendra will address the valedictory session of the conference on Thursday. Delivering the inaugural address, Vice President Hamid Ansari said that Yoga is a science which helps in reducing the stress. Vice President also said that Yoga has numerous

CIC not competent to bring political parties under RTI: Cong

Three years after six national parties were brought under the ambit of the RTI Act, Congress has asked the Central Information Commission to set aside its 2013 full bench order, saying it is neither a court nor acompetent authority to exercise plenary jurisdiction and the order is "arbitrary and illegal."  The party, whose government opened a new chapter of transparency by enacting Right to Information in 2005, said as

Famed qawwal Amjad Sabri gunned down in Karachi

Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday afternoon, after unknown gunmen fired at his vehicle in the city's Liaquatabad area.Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn that two men riding a motorcycle fired shots at the car, terming the incident as “targeted killing.” He said the motive of the killing is unknown as of now. Sabri (45) and an associate were travelling in a car in

North Korea makes apparent progress with midrange missile

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea took a significant step Wednesday in the development of a powerful ballistic missile intended to reach U.S. bases in the Pacific, launching one of the weapons about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) high after five failed attempts in recent months. The North's suspected Musudan tests worry Washington and its allies, Tokyo and Seoul, because the missile's potential 3,500-kilometer (2,180-

The Union Cabinet decides Withdrawal of the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has decided to withdraw the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which had been introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 29 August 2013. The Bill had been examined by the Standing Committee of Parliament which had made a number of recommendations for changing the provisions of the Bill. India is one of the largest manufacturers of

Government to plant trees on 1,500 km highways on July 1: Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI: As part of its green initiative, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will plant trees along 1,500 km of highways on July 1. This will be a part of Rs 5,000-crore initiative as the Ministry has already announced earmarking of 1 per cent of the about Rs 5 lakh crore projects for plantation and transplantation."It is our endeavour to save and plant trees to conserve the environment...we had to cut trees

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Tashkent on Thursday to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Tashkent on Thursday to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a China-dominated six-nation grouping, which is likely to focus on exploring ways to enhance security cooperation to combat terrorism. India, along with Pakistan, is set to be inducted as full members into the bloc which mainly deals with issues relating to security and defence.

Brazil's Rio state declares financial emergency

Brasilia: The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics. Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles on Friday said the "serious economic crisis" threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the games, BBC reported. In a decree, Dornelles said the state faced "public calamity" that could lead to a "total collapse" in public services, such as security, health

India's NSG bid: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar leaves for Seoul

NEW DELHI: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today headed for Seoul ahead of the crucial NSG Plenary from tomorrow, where India is hoping to clinch membership which is strongly opposed by China and some other countries. Jaishankhar, who was closely monitoring the goings-on during the officials' level meet of the 48-nation grouping which started on Monday, left for the South Korean capital to lobby with members to

 China plans first regular civilian cruises to disputed Spratlys by 2020

BEIJING: China will offer its first regular civilian cruises to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea by 2020, state media said on Wednesday, a move likely to irk other claimants to the disputed waters. China's activities in the contested area, such as building artificial islands, airfields and other military facilities, have fuelled tension in Southeast Asia, although it says most of the construction is for civilian purposes. The island

BASF India's parent to buy Germany's Chemetall for $3.2 bn

NEW DELHI: Chemical firm BASF India today said its parent firm has signed an agreement to acquire specialty chemicals firm Chemetall for $3.2 billion. Germany-based Chemetall supplies specialty chemicals which are used in surface treatment of metals and plastics. It has 2,500 employees globally and 21 production sites in more than 20 countries. In India, Chemetall has 150 employees and had reported

India set to become member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation this week

NEW DELHI: India is set to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) along with Pakistan when the China-dominated security grouping meets for its summit in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent on June 23-24 which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The SCO is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO and its membership will help India have a greater say in issues relating to

UK Hyderabad fund: Both India and Pakistan claim victory

NEW DELHI: A UK High Court has rejected Indian attempt to strike out Pakistan's claim to the Hyderabad Fund, Pakistan foreign office said on Tuesday. "The 75-page judgment of Henderson J is a vindication of Pakistan's principled stance, and the effective strategy being pursued by the legal team," said a statement by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria. Indian Ministry of External Affairs, however, had a

BEIJING: China plans to launch its new generation Long March-7 carrier rocket from June 25-29, officials said on Wednesday. The rocket has been moved vertically to the launch pad after a three-hour transport from the test lab this morning, the officials said. The Long March-7, a medium-sized rocket using liquid propellant, can carry up to 13.5 tonnes to low Earth orbit, Xinhua news agency reported. It will transport

Scientists develop ultra-thin flexible solar cells

SEOUL: Scientists have made ultra-thin photovoltaic cells flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil that could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses. "Our photovoltaic is about 1 micrometre, thinner than an average human hair," said Jongho Lee, an engineer at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. Standard photovoltaics are usually hundreds of times thicker and

Bank of India sells 18 per cent stake to partner Dai-ichi Life

MUMBAI: State-run Bank of India on Tuesday sold 18% stake in Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company to its Japanese partner for Rs 540 crore, valuing the company at Rs 3,000 crore. Following the transaction, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company's share will go up to 44% and it will become the single largest promoter of the company. Bank of India's share will come down to 30% while Union Bank will continue to

YES Bank plans to raise $1 billion from international markets

SINGAPORE: With plans to raise $1 billion from international markets, private sector lender YES Bank is eying to setup an international branch here as a springboard to tap the Asian markets, its founder has said. YES Bank has become the first Indian bank to receive government approval for a fully fungible composite foreign investment limit of 74 per cent. Its Board of Directors has approved to raise an additional $1 billion

PUNE: PayPal,among the world's leading payment platforms, has appointed appointed Anupam Pahuja as the Managing Director and Country Manager for India. Pahuja has been with the company for six years and was head, technology for Paypal in the APAC region.He will be responsible for all aspects of PayPal's business in India and for further strengthening the company's operations here. Rohan Mahadevan, APAC

MUMBAI: Tata Power Company's arm, Tata Power Renewable Energy, has won a solar grid connected photovoltaic project of 30 mw in Maharashtra, the Tata group utility said in a statement Tuesday. The projects have been awarded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase-II Batch-III Tranche-1 under 'State Specific Bundling Scheme.' Tata Power Renewable has received the letter of

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) have signed a MoU for implementation of additional works on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) in Myanmar. As part of the MoU, both signatory parties will be implementing three additional works on the KMTTP at the estimated to cost 476 crore rupees. These three projects are Container

As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflows. As per the report, India’s FDI inflows have increased to 44 billion dollars in 2015 as compared to 35 billion dollars in 2014. Key highlights of the report Top 10 Countries are: United States, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Canada and India. United States

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to test indigenously developed scramjet engine technology based on air-breathing propulsion in July 2016. The test will be conducted on test platform named Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. Key Facts The test platform ATV will comprise a scramjet engine hitched to a two-stage sounding rocket (RH-

The United States (US) has lifted a 40 year ban on oil exports marking a historic shift for the booming US oil industry. This decision was taken as part of a 1.1 trillion dollars spending bill to fund US government until 2016 received assent of President Barack Obama This move will help in economic growth and in turn create jobs along with new revenues, prosperity and enhanced energy security for other countries.  It would pave

Britain has launched a new digital archive telling the inspiring stories of war heroes, including six Indians, as part of the UK government’s centenary celebrations to mark World War I. As many as 175 men from 11 overseas countries were awarded Britain’s highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross (VC), during the war. These included six soldiers from undivided India who fought in the war as part of the British Indian

An experimental Zika vaccine is ready to be tested on humans. The US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light for the clinical trial, which is expected to begin within a few weeks. The vaccine, named GLS-5700, is being developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science. GLS-5700 will be tested first on 40 healthy subjects, to assess the vaccine’s safety, to measure its ability to evoke an immune

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the world’s oldest professional footballer, has beaten his own record as the oldest goalscorer in J-League history. The 49-year-old, who is in his 31st season as a professional, netted a header as his side Yokohama FC succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in the Japanese second division. Miura scored in the 22nd minute into the game but Yokohama FC lost to FC Gifu on 2-1.

The NDA government relaxed foreign dir-ect invest-ment (FDI) norms in single brand retail, civil aviation, airports, pharmaceuticals, animal husbandry and food products. It has allowed up to 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence through the approval route, 100% FDI in food product e-commerce, 100% FDI in greenfield pharma via the automatic route, 100% in browfield pharma – of which 74% will be through

The Supreme Court refused to stay Centre’s notification allowing culling of nilgai , wild boar in Bihar, monkey in Himachal Pradesh. It also declined to stay killing of wild boar in Uttrakhand. A bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel refused to pass any interim order but agreed to hear animal rights activist plea after vacation and posted it for July 15. The bench allowed the activists to make a representation to the

The second annual Sapphire Awards Gala celebrated the best and the brightest in the lighting industry by recognizing the LED and SSL innovations that are driving the technology forward, revolutionizing the lighting market, and ultimately impacting global society in a very positive way. At the second annual Sapphire Awards Gala Dinner, winners were announced in 15 categories and the prestigious 'Illumineer of the Year'

With Brent Burns looking to take home the Norris Trophy on Wednesday night, we’re taking a look back at the San Jose Sharks award winners over the years. I’m including awards the Sharks haven’t won so that we can see which boxes are still left to be checked. Some will be obvious, perhaps others less so. Let’s go to the list. Awards with an asterisk are based on stats, not votes.

Jaipur: Imran Khan of Alwar who gave up the copyright to 60 of his mobile apps on education and gifted the same to HRD ministry was nominated for state-level Bhamashah Award on Tuesday. Khan shot to fame after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned his name while addressing Indian diaspora at Wembley in the UK in 2015. Modi in his speech had said, "My India resides in Imran of Alwar," while recognizing his

Mumbai: Maharashtra has become the first state to accord minority status to Jews. The state cabinet meet , chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Tuesday approved the proposal ending a decade long demand by one of the smallest community in India. "Maharashtra Cabinet approves minority status to Jew community. This decision will benefit students from these communities to avail scholarships from the state

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Days ahead on the NDA government's flagship initiative 'International Yoga Day', Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said that the ministry has decided to setup a 'Yoga Department' in the six central universities during this academic year. Speaking to the media at the first ever 'Yoga Olympiad' for all government schools ahead of the International Yoga Day,

To commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle on 21 June 2016 released “Information booklet, Stamps on Yoga” and “12 stamps on Suryanamaskarams”.The booklet contains illustrations and description of 24 yoga asana (postures). It also provides a brief description on the various Yoga postures depicted in the original Stamps. The booklet contains four Commemorative

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 22 June 2016 launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. With this launch of 20 satellites, ISRO also managed to break its previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008. The 20 satellites including India’s latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 was launched 

Noted Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah died on 21 June 2016 at his house at Ragannagudem, Telangana following a brief illness. He was 61. He is survived by three daughters. His songs both regaled and incensed supporters of statehood movement. Anjanna was famous for his song Ooru manadi ra, ee vada manadi ra  which was translated into multiple languages.  He played a key role in

Two local students have been graded as ‘International Ranks’ in the Olympiad Awards held recently in Delhi by the Science Olympiad Foundation. Abhiram V of Class 12 from Kendriya Vidyalaya was ranked first and Lekshmi P of Class 11 from Arya Central School, the third. An estimated 45 lakh students from over 34,000 schools from 1,400 cities across India and 22 countries participated in the Olympiad exams during

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Boeing on 18 June 2016 celebrated the foundation laying of a new facility in Hyderabad for its joint venture named Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL). The joint venture has been established to co-produce Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages and other aero structures, as well as to pursue integrated systems in aerospace. The facility has been under development in pursuance of a

NEW DELHI: An environment ministry committee has recommended reduction of the "no development zone" (NDZ) as specified under the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification 1991. It has also recommended allowing tourism facilities and other constructions within the NDZ. The committee headed by Sailesh Nayak, secretary, ministry of earth sciences has suggested a number of amendments to the CRZ

SoftBank Group (SBG) President Nikesh Arora has decided to resign effective 22 June, over purported differences with the company's Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son. Surprisingly, the announcement has come a day after the company on Monday said a special committee found the allegations against him in a purported shareholder demand are 'without merit'. The company said Arora's resignation from the position of

Community welcomes move but wants more stake in making of decisions and policies . In a major boost towards empowering transgenders/ third genders, state may soon be the first to provide free education to them till post-graduation. The state has set up a high-level committee to study and make recommendations on the proposal of providing free education. The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC),

The Mizoram government has constituted ten member ‘District Re-organisation Committee’ headed by state Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma. The ten-member committee would examine creation of new districts in Mizoram and make suggestions with proposed jurisdictions. The committee would examine boundaries of existing districts and sub-divisions in the state and suggest changes and also look into cases where

The Centre may set up a new panel to identify candidates for the post of the next Governor of the Reserve Bank of India instead of asking the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointment Search Committee (FSRASC) to do so due to issues of propriety. Official sources said the FSRASC, which was set up last year, has not been tasked with shortlisting candidates for RBI Governorship as that post is of the rank of the Cabinet

The International Olympic Committee will call for a special summit on doping to be convened next year as part of its effort to purge drug cheats from sport, it said on Tuesday. The IOC wants the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take control of drug testing in all sports, thereby removing national federations from a process that has been corrupted in many countries. 

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been recognized as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for the fourth consecutive year, achieving excellence in both the U.S. and Canada. The annual Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces. The panel of judges, including various academics and thought

IMPHAL, October 2: The Indian community in Korea has honoured pugilist Laishram Sarita with the IIK National Pride Award, which include a cash award of USD 1710, contributed by Indians in Korea. According to a release of the Indians In Korea, the honour has been conferred to Sarita in recognition of her brave act and her performance in the ongoing Asian Games 2014 at Incheon. It said the citation of the award

IMPHAL, June 21: Social activist Urmila Chanam from Manipur was among three from across the world who were awarded Voices of Our Future Award by World Pulse, a social networking platform connecting women from 190 countries across the world with a vision to amplify women’s voices to speed up change and improve the lives of millions around the world. The other two are Sadaf Kashif from Pakistan and

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