Thursday 30 June 2016

Pune, June 25 : : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 'Smart City' projects, one of the flagship programmes of the NDA Government, at a special function at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Saturday, reports said. The Smart City project is part of the Governments integrated urban planning and development in the country, The Prime Minister will launch 14 projects for Pune, along

With a view to create awareness about the National Pension System (NPS) and improve subscriber interface, it has been decided to observe NPS Service Fortnight from June 27 to July 9 ,2016 by all the entities/ functionaries in the NPS value chain such as Points of Presence (POPs), the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) etc. across the country. This fortnight-long campaign is aimed at

Three States Mizoram, Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh and three Union Territories Delhi, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have signed the 24x7 “Power For All” (PFA) documents. These PFA documents were signed in presence of Shri PiyushGoyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy during two day States Power Minister’s Conference held on 16-17th

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed here between the Rural Development Ministry and ISRO, Department of Space for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGA in each gram panchayat. The move comes after the Prime Minister during a review meeting recently had underlined for online recording and monitoring of assets to check leakages and for effective mapping of terrain for future

The Government of India, the State of Andhra Pradesh and the DISCOMs of Andhra Pradesh (APSPDCL and APEPDCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme UDAY – “Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana” in Vijyawada (AP) today for financial turnaround of the DISCOMs. The MoU for operational & Financial turnaround of Discoms was signed by Dr A.K.

President of India to Present National Awards for Outstanding Services in the Field of Prevention of Alcoholism And Substance (Drugs) Abuse . The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse tomorrow (June 26, 2016) on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse

The environment ministry distanced itself from the recently released draft National Forest Policy and claimed it was neither meant to be put in public domain. It disowned the draft stating that it was merely a 'study report' from a government institute. A press release from the environment ministry on June 25 said, “The Ministry has not issued any draft Notification on National Forest Policy. What has been

Social media giant Facebook has hired a co-founder of Google's Fibre high-speed Internet project to beef up its Internet connectivity team. According to tech news site Re/Code, the social network has hired Kevin Lo as its Director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments to help lead Facebook's partnerships such as Terragraph - a project to bring Wi-Fi to dense urban areas and Facebook's

PUNE: A 10th place finish in 50m pistol qualification on Friday was compensated by a silver in the 10m air pistol by Jitu Rai as the Indian secured a podium finish at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday. This was Jitu's sixth World Cup medal overall. Jitu had an average start to the qualification round, as he totaled 95 in the first series. But he stabilized soon and shot impressive series

NEW DELHI: The US Federal Reserve, which maintained status-quo on policy rates at the fourth Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington earlier this month, is unlikely to hike rates any more in calendar year 2016 after 'Brexit'. Shockwaves travelled across global financial markets on Friday after the outcome of the UK referendum, in which voters decided to leave the European Union.

Nokia on Friday announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik as the head of Indian market, effective August 1. Malik is currently Head of Network Implementation (NI) at Nokia Global Services and is credited with efficiently driving growth and delivering strong performance both in terms of revenue and operational efficiency, the company said in a statement. In his new role, he will lead customer

The knock-out stage of Euro Cup 2016 begins from today in France. In today's fixtures, Switzerland will take on Poland, Wales will play against Northern Ireland, and Croatia will face Portugal. No side won all three group games, while many of the less-fancied sides troubled their much fancied opponent. 
1. Switzerland vs Poland 

BrahMos Aerospace on Saturday successfully demonstrated the integration of the world's most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BRAHMOS on the frontline strike fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30. With Saturday's successful flight, the Brahmos air version programme now inches closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5-ton BRAHMOS air-to-ground missile will be

Chilean authorities declared an environmental emergency for the Santiago metropolitan region this week, forcing more than 900 industries to temporarily shut down and about 40 percent of the capital's 1.7 million cars off the roads. The Environment Ministry said they were facing unusual conditions, with one of the driest Junes in over 40 years. The emergency, the first since 1999, will be in place for

The four-day long Sindhu Darshan festival is underway in Leh where colourful programs are being organised. The 20th annual Sindhu Darshan Mela commenced on Thursday with the inauguration of Sindhu Bhawan at Choglamsar Leh by Senior BJP leader LK Advani. The main reason behind the celebration of Sindhu Darshan Festival is to endorse the Indus River as an icon of the communal

The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition filed against conducting election in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) on Saturday, alleging that the association has not complied with the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee Report. The petition was filed by S Srinivason, a Chennai resident. The division bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R

High-Tc superconductors were discovered 30 years ago: A class of ceramic metal oxide materials was found to pass electrical current without energy losses. In contrast to conventional superconductors that have to be cooled almost to absolute zero, this property appears already at comparably high temperatures. In prototypical yttrium barium copper oxide (YBaCuO), the transition temperature is 92

The discovery power of the gene chip is coming to nanotechnology. A Northwestern University research team is developing a tool to rapidly test millions and perhaps even billions or more different nanoparticles at one time to zero in on the best particle for a specific use. When materials are miniaturized, their properties -- optical, structural, electrical, mechanical and chemical -- change,

Math, biology and nanotechnology are becoming strange, yet effective bed-fellows in the fight against cancer treatment resistance. Researchers at the University of Waterloo and Harvard Medical School have engineered a revolutionary new approach to cancer treatment that pits a lethal combination of drugs together into a single nanoparticle. Their work, published online on June 3, 2016 in the leading

BEIJING: The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved its first four loans totalling over half a billion dollars, it announced Friday, as it joined forces with putative rivals to finance projects across Asia. The Beijing-based AIIB has been viewed by some as a foe to the World Bank and the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB), which was founded in 1966. But three of its

NEW DELHI: BrahMos Aerospace today successfully demonstrated the integration of the world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BRAHMOS on Su-30MKI frontline strike fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The demonstration flight, carried out at HAL Nasik, involved carriage of BRAHMOS weapon on the long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter,giving a major fillip to the BRAHMOS air-

Using planetary protection techniques that ensure Nasa spacecraft do not contaminate other worlds, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found a link between bacteria in breast ductal fluid and breast cancer. The breast ductal system contains the glands that produce milk and naturally secretes a substance called "nipple aspirate fluid". For the study, the researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion

NEW DELHI: Two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ambitious Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), the members of Parliament will get a report on how they have fared. The rural development ministry is working on a ranking of 700 villages adopted by MPs in the first phase of the programme. The report card will include details such as the projects initiated in the village, the project

ANANTNAG: Mehbooba Mufti wins Anantnag by-election by 11,500 votes. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday won the Anantnag by-election by nearly 11,550 votes over her nearest Congress rival Hilal Ahmad Shah. Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba polled nearly

The world's 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The biggest decline belonged to Europe's richest person, Amancio Ortega, who lost more than $6 billion,

NEW DELHI: The government today notified changes in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in sectors including pharmaceuticals, defence and single-brand retail. These decisions were announced earlier in the week with a view to make India more investor friendly and an attractive FDI destination. "The decision will take immediate effect," the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh has joined the Centre's debt revival scheme for state power distribution companies. An overall net benefit of approximately Rs 4,400 crore will accrue to the state by opting to participate in Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana or Uday, by way of cheaper funds, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, coal reforms, etc. during the period of

TASHKENT: India today signed Memorandum of Obligations - a key document - kick starting the process of its accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a powerful security grouping increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO. The document was signed by Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta at the SCO summit which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra

MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan today asked central banks across the globe to desist from currency depreciation to create competitive advantage in the wake of Britain's exit from the European Union. "Currencies do help adjustment and some movement is warranted... what I have been concerned about is intervention in a big way in the currency so as to move it in a particular

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 500 million dollars loan to build a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar. The loan funds will be used to build 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar on the Ganga River. On completion of the project it will be the India’s longest river bridge. Key Facts The new river bridge will provide a vital transport link between the northern and southern parts of the state and

South African Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka has been appointed to chairman of three member UN commission (committee) to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan. The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) resolution 31/20 which was adopted by consensus, the 47-member body. Key Facts Other two members of the committee are Kenneth R.

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto will make her debut at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala in Madrid. The US-based Indian actress will be honoured with International Icon award at the 17th edition of the gala. IIFA — often known as Bollywood’s Oscars — is held every year to honour the best of Hindi cinema. A source from the IIFA team confirmed that Freida will be getting the

Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has launched women helpline – 181 in the premises of District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland and also inaugurated Sakhi, a one stop Centre, intended to support women affected by violence both in private and public spaces under one roof. He highlighted the multiple roles played by women as home makers, guardians of children and the hard work put in by them in every

Chennai: IIT Madras breaks into the list of Top 50 Asian Universities in QS-Asia rankings for 2016."We are delighted to be listed in the TOP 50 ASIAN UNIVERSTIES in QS-Asia rankings for 2016. We are also encouraged by our steep rise from the 56th position in last year's QS-Asia rankings to the 43rd position this year. We have been focused on growing and improving our research, teaching and overall

New Delhi: Dell and Shiv Nadar University today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and drive excellence in research and innovation. Through this partnership, Dell has set up two laboratories jointly with the University to integrate theoretical concepts with practical experience. Under this agreement, Dell will engage with faculty members at the

New Delhi: President of India will confer the National Awards to the organizations and the individuals who have shown exemplary contribution in the field of Drug Prevention on 26th June, 2016 at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, the Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministers of State for Social, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar & Shri Vijay Sampla

President Srinivasan says TNCA is a loyal, staunch member of the BCCI. Pace-bowling all-rounder J. Kousik won the Bishnuram Medhi Trophy for the ‘cricketer of the year’ at the 86th annual day awards function of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, TNCA president N. Srinivasan appreciated the commitment and dedication of the association’s office-

The Colombian government and the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels on 23 June 2016 signed a historic ceasefire deal. This ceasefire deal helped in ending more than five decades of conflict, which is regarded as one of the oldest wars of history. The signing ceremony held at Havana was witnessed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, FARC chief Timoleón

Tension between the Centre and the AAP-led Delhi Government is set to escalate as the Union Home Ministry has reportedly returned 14 Bills, including the important Delhi Janlokpal Bill and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Delhi Amendment) Bill, on the grounds that proper procedure was not followed before they were passed by the Assembly. “Since Delhi is not a full State and remains a Union

25 June: Day of the Seafarer
Day of the Seafarer 2016 was observed across the world on 25 June 2016. The theme for the year is At Sea For All. The theme for the year has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, Shipping: indispensable to the world. The themes highlight the point that seafarers serve at sea not just

Neil O'Brien, a pioneer of quizzing in India and leader of the Anglo-Indian community, died in Kolkata on 24 June 2016. He was 82. A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O'Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.  He conducted the first well-organized, formal quiz in 1967 at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in Calcutta. He has served the

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 June 2016 approved the sale of all available spectrum in the country. This is the largest-ever spectrum auction in the country. The move could fetch 5.5 lakh crore rupees for the exchequer, going by the reserve price. This amount is five times higher than the revenue of 1.1 lakh rupees that government earned through the auction conducted

Sri Lankan Parliament on 24 June 2016 unanimously passed the Right to Information (RTI) bill with amendments. The bill that seeks to restore transparency and good governance in the country was adopted without a vote in the Parliament after two days of debate. To provide for the Right of Access to Information, to specify grounds on which access may be denied, to establish the Right to

In a major change to the composition of the core committee of the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rajya Sabha MP Navjot Sidhu has been made a part of the committee even as state local bodies’ minister Anil Joshi, Sidhu’s friend-turned foe, has been dropped. The three-time Amritsar MP, Navjot Sidhu, had long been sidelined within the party’s Punjab affairs and had stopped playing an active part

BCCI’s four-day Conclave ended with the working committee meet of the Indian cricket board, held in Dharamsala on June 24, 2016. The working committee took the following decisions: # Appointment of Anil Kumble as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team was approved.  Technical Committee recommendation to hold Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues was approved. Sponsored: Experience

Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Pravir Kumar is likely to be elevated as officiating Chief Secretary on June 30, after the retirement of the present incumbent Alok Ranjan. The present Chief Secretary is on an extension of three months and has refused a second extension. Official sources said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is yet to take a call on the next Chief Secretary, and hence a stop-

A committee of saints which was went to probe the exodus of people from Kairana by the ruling SP submitted its report to Governor Ram Naik in Lucknowon Friday. The team had earlier submitted its findings to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. In their reports, the saints concluded that the Kairana exodus issue was part of a ploy to create communal tension in the region. The team led by Acharya Pramod

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