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Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and senior music-biz journalist Chaitanya D Padukone today on the birth anniversary of music maestro R D Burman launched a book on the interesting anecdotes never known before about the legend. ‘R D BurMania’–PanchaMemoirs’, is a book nothing less than a goldmine for the legion of ardent Pancham Da across the globe as it contains loads of information and never known





Ahmedabad: A local court on Monday refused to ban "Fekuji Have Dilli Ma", a book in which the author, Jayesh Shah, makes the case that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not kept the promises he made during the campaign for the 2014 general election. The court said that the book contains the writer's personal opinions and it would be a violation of his right to freedom of speech if the sale of the

City-based freelance journalist and author P T Bopanna's book 'The Romance of Indian Coffee' has been chosen as the world's best book on coffee at The Gourmand World Awards function at Yantai in China. The book, earlier shortlisted for the finals of the 'Best in the World' books under the 'coffee books' category, was picked from the entries of 64 countries, according to Bopanna. 'The Romance of

Austin Clarke, the award-winning Barbadian-born author who wrote about the immigrant experience and being black in Canada, died on Sunday at the age of 81. Clarke won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his 2002 novel “The Polished Hoe.” The novel tells the story of Mary-Mathilda, a black woman who confesses to a brutal crime years later.

Another tug-of-war between AAP dispensation and BJP-controlled MCDs (Municipal Cooperation of Delhi) is on the cards with the South Delhi Municial Cooperation (SDMC) rejecting Delhi Government’s order to appoint B R Meena as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the civic body. The AAP government had earlier refused to accept the order of Union Home Ministry appointing Mangesh

SRINAGAR: Peerzada Ghulam Jeelani, veteran political stalwart and member of Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly, has died at the age of 91 after a brief illness. "Jeelani sahib was not feeling well for some time and died in peace at his Pampore residence last evening," a family member said. Born on September 24, 1924 at Pampore, Jeelani was the member of the Constituent Assembly and was then

Italian actor, filmmaker and star of Spaghetti-westerns, Bud Spencer died on Monday, at the age of 86. He died 'peacefully' and did not 'suffer any pain' his son, film producer Giuseppe Pedersoli was quoted as saying. "My father died peacefully at 18:15 and did not suffer from pain, he had all of us next to him and his last words were 'Thank you'," he said. Born with the name Carlo Pedersoli in Naples, Italy, the

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released a book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland” in New Delhi, today. The book was presented to the Prime Minister by the Scientists of Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE).  The Book is a compilation of the research work, relating to more than 250 species of birds found in the Banni area of Kutch, Gujarat. The Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology,

Brussels: NATO has appointed the highest-ranking woman in its history, naming US Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary-general. The alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said that Gottemoeller will bring to NATO a wealth of experience in international security policy, and in areas such as arms control and relations with Russia. The deputy

GUWAHATI: Eighty-five-year-old co-founder and chairman of NSCN (IM), Isak Chisi Swu died in a hospital in New Delhi today after a prolonged illness. Born in 1929 at Chishilimi Naga village in the Zunheboto district of Nagaland, Swu was a member of the influential Sema tribe of the state. After graduation in political science from St. Anthony's College, Shillong, Swu joined the Naga National

The wheat stock position in India is comfortable as the government had 32.64 million tonnes in the central pool at the beginning of June, a government statement said on Tuesday. The country's wheat stocks are sufficient to meet the requirements under various welfare programmes and to carry out open

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 23 June 2016 released the “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018”. The vision reiterates the aims of building a “less-cash” society by encouraging greater use of electronic payments by all sections. The objective is to ensure that a robust payments infrastructure is established in the country to increase accessibility, availability, interoperability and

The Cabinet panel has selected NS Vishwanathan as the Reserve Bank of India deputy governor, replacing incumbent HR Khan whose tenure will end July 3. Vishwanathan is currently an executive director at the RBI, overseeing the banking regulation and non-banking department. The RBI currently

To promote sports among students, the Delhi government has decided to provide them training at its schools in several sports and games starting next month. The decision was taken at a recently-held meeting of Delhi Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Secretariat here. An government official said the Education department has prepared a list of 29 sports clubs and academy

It is estimated that recoverable waste heat in the U.S. alone could power tens of millions of homes. Although existing technologies can reuse high-temperature heat or convert it to electricity, it is difficult to efficiently extract energy from low-temperature heat waste due to the small temperature difference between the plant’s heat discharge and the surrounding environment. Additionally, conventional

NEW DELHI: Aiming to provide safe and hygienic food to passengers, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) signed an agreement with the government-owned Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) for transfer of technology in the field of food and beverage processing and packaging that would help in upgrade its catering business. Under the agreement, DFRL, working

Sri Lanka Prime Minister's Office hads said the government will expedite the signing of an Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement with India, officials reported on Tuesday. The decision was made in response to Britain's voting to exit the European Union (EU) last week, Xinhua news agency reported. Businesses had suggested that speeding up the deal will benefit stability and continuity of the

Global commitments to defense have moderated, as economic development reduces dependence on defense spending, according to Deloitte’s global Public Sector Defense practices’ report entitled 2016 Global Defense Outlook. According to the report, Pakistan, India, Iraq and Russia maintain the world’s highest commitments to defense, as measured by Deloitte’s Defense Posture Index - a numerical

India maintained its number three position in the recently released ICC ODI Team Rankings which is being headed by world champions Australia. With 110 rating points in its kitty, India is placed below Australia (123) and second-placed New Zealand (113). Australia has retained its number-one ranking following its 58-run victory over the West Indies in the final of the tri-series in Barbados on Monday,

Commerce Ministry is hopeful that the narrowing pace of decline in exports will sustain in the coming months on account of the steps taken by the government to boost overseas shipments, a top government official said. "I am hopeful that it (the narrowing pace of dip in exports) will sustain in the coming months. we have made lot of efforts," Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia said. She said the

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will arrive today on a two-day visit to India to explore knowledge and financing opportunities. He will seek government's help in dealing with endemic problems like malnutrition and reiterate the Bank's strong support to India's stated commitments to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources.Kim will also meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

A petition on the British Parliament website calling for a rerun of the European Union referendum has gathered 3 million signatures since being launched at the end of last week. Many of those signing the petition demanding a referendum rerun came from major cities. On Thursday 51.9 percent of votes

Panama opened the long-delayed $5.4 billion expansion of its shipping canal amid cheering crowds on Sunday, despite looming economic uncertainty in the shipping industry and a heated battle over billions in cost overruns. At 7.50 a.m. (1250 GMT), the Chinese container ship “Cosco Shipping Panama” entered the Agua Clara lock on the Atlantic to begin the first crossing of the roughly 50-mile-long

The UK has lost its top AAA credit rating from ratings agency S&P following the country's Brexit vote last week. S&P said the referendum result to leave the European Union could lead to "a deterioration of the UK's economic performance, including its large financial services sector". Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the result of the European Union referendum must be respected.

NEW DELHI: Looking to consolidate its position as a leader in the Indian defence aviation industry, Tata Advanced Systems is tying up with Bell Helicopter of the US to compete against the Mahindra-Airbus combination for a $2-billion naval chopper manufacturing contract. The mega contract for 100 utility helicopters to be operated from warships will be awarded as a 'Make in India' project. Tata will

Thousands of bags of radiation, contaminated soil and debris wait to be processed, inside the exclusion zone close to the devastated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Analysis showed the fallout was encapsulated in glass microparticles formed during the accident. Most of the radioactive fallout, which landed on downtown Tokyo a few days after the Fukushima accident, was concentrated and deposited

BENGALURU: Delhi-NCR has emerged as the most funded city in 2016, according to a report by startup analyses firm Tracxn. In the first six months of 2016, Indian startups raised $1.8 billion, out of which Delhi-NCR received $917 million. This was helped by $250 million and $200 million funding raised in February by Gurgaon-based Ibibo Group and Delhi-based Snapdeal respectively. Bengaluru

NEW DELHI: The journalism school of Jamia Milia Islamia has been rated as the best in India by a weekly after a countrywide survey. "Jamia Millia Islamia's Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) has retained its first position for the second consecutive year in an all-India ranking survey of top professional educational institutions having government accreditation or affiliation, conducted by

NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office has advised the human resource development ministry that 20 educational institutions the government hopes will attain global excellence standards should be given full autonomy. Of these, the 10 state-supported institutions are expected to receive public funding of up to Rs 500 crore each. An Expenditure Finance Committee note seeking Rs 5,000 crore for these

PANAJI: Goa-based international referee Angela Naik has been invited to officiate in the upcoming Korea Taekwondo Open and Jeonju International Taekwondo Open, an official release said. Naik, who was awarded the best international referee at Qatar Taekwondo Open Championship, 2016, has several distinctions to her credit. Korea Taekwondo Open would be held at Gyeongju from June 30-July 5.

MUMBAI: Drug approvals given by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to Indian companies nearly doubled year-on-year, with littleknown firms including MSN Lab, Shasun Pharma, Granules India, Ajanta Pharma and Gland Pharma making a foray into the world's biggest and most lucrative market. Interestingly , the growth came during the period when biggies like Sun Pharma and

LONDON: Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar is the lone Indian to find a place in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum's list of all-time cricketing XI with West Indian legend Vivian Richards as the captain. McCullum's team comprises four Australians in Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson, three West Indians in Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, two

LONDON: Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air quality inside and outside, making it the world's fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and

UNITED NATIONS: The world must focus more on helping the poorest children to build on progress achieved in health and education over the past 25 years, UNICEF said today. In its annual "State of the World's Children" report, the UN children's agency took stock of important gains such as a 53 percent drop in infant mortality since 1990 and a dramatic reduction in extreme poverty. But without a sharper

WASHINGTON: India, one of the largest exporters of beef, is unlikely to pose a challenge to the export of American beef due to the poor quality of its buffalo meat and lack of animal health regulations, an official report has said. "So far, it appears that Indian water buffalo meat exports, although relatively low cost, are mostly non- competitive with US beef exports, primarily due to quality preferences and

Cotton area in Punjab and Haryana has declined 27 per cent to 7.56 lakh hectares in the 2016-17 crop year as farmers shifted to other crops after incurring huge losses due to whitefly pest attack last year. These two states had planted cotton in 10.3 lakh hectares in the 2015-16 crop year (July-June). "Sowing of cotton in Punjab and Haryana has been completed. Total area is down as farmers were

NEW DELHI: Russian oil-to-telecom conglomerate Sistema JSFC will acquire 17.14% in Sistema Shyam Tele-Services Ltd (SSTL) from the Russian government. "Under the agreement, payment for the shares will be made to the Russian federal budget in instalments over a period of five years as follows: 30% in 2016, 25% in 2017 and 15% in each of 2018, 2019 and 2020," the company said on

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force plans to put much-delayed Tejas in combat role by next year after raising in July the first squadron of the indigenous Light Combat Aircrat which it counts "superior" to Pakistan's JF 17 fighters. State-run HAL will hand over the first two Tejas aircraft to IAF on July 1 which will make up the 'Flying Daggers' 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA which will be

TAIPEI: Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defence source and media reports said Monday. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island's new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, ending an eight-year rapprochement. The test of the

LONDON: Gravitational waves or ripples in space-time captured by space detectors could soon be used to discover when and how some of the universe's largest black holes were born, scientists say. Scientists led by researchers at the Durham University in the UK ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the

NEW DELHI: Shares of Gujarat Gas gained 10 per cent in Tuesday's trade after oil regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) granted the company permission to set up operations for gas distribution in Ahmadabad. "Gujarat Gas has been granted 300 months of infrastructure exclusivity valid up to June 21, 2041 and 60 months of marketing exclusivity valid up to 2021 for a city gas

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh has announced signing one of the largest memoranda of understanding with China's Association of Small and Medium Enterprises for a building materials and logistics industrial park spread over 10,000 acres, involving $6.4 billion (approximately Rs 36,889 crores) in three phases. The memorandum of understanding was signed by a team of delegation led by AP chief

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force plans to put much-delayed Tejas in combat role by next year after raising in July the first squadron of the indigenous Light Combat Aircrat which it counts "superior" to Pakistan's JF 17 fighters. State-run HAL will hand over the first two Tejas aircraft to IAF on July 1 which will make up the 'Flying Daggers' 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA which will be

India's economy will be among the least impacted in Asia by the UK's vote to exit the European Union given its relatively low exposure to trade, according to Morgan Stanley. "Increased uncertainty in the external environment due to UK's vote should add to downward pressures on growth and inflation in the region," Morgan Stanley economists including Chetan Ahya in Hong Kong wrote in a report. "Hong

Tamil Nadu showed the highest gross fiscal deficit across all states in 2015-16, Maharashtra continued to be the richest state in the country while Punjab witnessed steady fall in the number of factories between 2010-11 and 2013-14, according to Reserve Bank of India’s first edition of the Handbook of Statistics on Indian States. Maharashtra continued to remain the richest state in the country, with a

Star India, the official broadcaster of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), announced the launch of The Women’s Kabaddi Challenge on June 28, an initiative by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) in association with Mashal Sports. The Uday Shankar-led media network is a majority shareholder in Mashal Sports, the promoter of PKL. Having popularised and monetised the game on

US space agency NASA is set to test-fire a booster for the world's most powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) which will power astronauts on the journey to Mars and on other deeper space missions. The booster will be fired up at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems' test facilities in Promontory, Utah, at 7.05 p.m. (Indian standard time) on Tuesday. The test will provide NASA with critical data to

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday accepted the resignation of Tamil Nadu Congress .Committee (TNCC) president EVKS Elangovan. Elangovan had tendered his resignation owning moral responsibility for the poor performance of the party in the last month's assembly elections. Elangovan began steering the party after former union minister and now Tamil Maanila Congress chief GK Vasan

Xerxes Desai, who started Titan and transformed it into India's largest watchmaker, died here on Monday. Desai, 80, was ailing from acute gastro enteritis, a Tata Group spokesperson said. JRD Tata, who liked the idea of Desai's suggestion that the Tatas should venture into watch making, picked the Tata Group veteran to set the company, which now is India's largest watch maker. Desai had

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched BGR-34, an anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug designed for type 2 Diabetes mellitus. The anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR-34 has been jointly developedby National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP). About BGR-34 BGR-34 works by controlling blood sugar and

A group of scientists from Temperate Sericulture Research Institute of SKUAST, Srinagar, succeeded in introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil. Development of Sericulture activities in Kargil will serve purpose of achieving cocoon productivity. It will ultimately increase employment and generate income for rural youth and tribal farmers. During 2015-16, 31 unemployed girls/women

Uttar Pradesh government in June 2016 declared that all natural calamities including unseasonal heavy rain, lightning, Loo and storm and others will be treated as state disaster.As per the decision all victims of these disasters will be given relief as per provisions made under State Disaster Relief Fund by the Union government. A large number of people suffer due to these natural causes every year and the new

Sujoy Bose was on 27 June 2016 appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). His appointment was made by the Union Government following his selection by the Selection Committee constituted under Department Of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Bose has extensive international experience in the infrastructure sector,

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 27 June 2016 launched a new scheme Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana (KSSY) with an aim to provide education loan at 1 percent interest to students for pursuing higher studies. The State government dedicated this scheme to former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on his Birth Centenary. Patnaik had instituted Kalinga UNESCO award for the popularisation of science


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