Friday 1 July 2016

New Delhi: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today the launch of LEED Lab in India, a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. LEED Lab, which is already being offered at international universities in Latin America, the Middle East and Greater Asia,

Eminent Marathi writer R C Dhere, known for his exhaustive research in folk literature and bhakti tradition of Maharashtra, passed away here this morning following prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 86. Dhere, a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award in 1987 for his book ‘Sri Vitthal- A Mahasamanvayak (Lord Vitthal- A great coordinator)’, carved a niche for himself by tracing the roots

Eminent Yakshagana artiste both in Tenkuthittu and Badaguthittu, Siddakatte Vishwanath Shetty (71), passed away on Friday after a brief illness. Born in 1945 at Ajjibettu, Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada district, he was known for his oratory skills and giving life to any role during the performance. He was equally famous in Talamaddale (Yakshagana sans dance) as an eminent

Acclaimed Hindustani classical singer and exponent of the ‘Gwalior gharana’ Veena Sahasrabuddhe passed away here following a prolonged illness, family sources said today. The 67-year-old singer, who passed away at her residence yesterday, is survived by her husband, son and daughter. Born in Kanpur on September 14, 1948, Sahasrabuddhe learnt music from her father Pandit Shankar Shripad Bodas,

Alvin Toffler, the author of Future Shock, passed away on 27 June 2016 in Los Angeles, United States. He was 87. Toffler’s book Future Shock outlines people's anxiety at the pace of social change in the 1960s. A writer and futurist, Alvin Toffler was known for his works discussing modern technologies. His works included the digital revolution and the communication revolution with emphasis on their

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Monday the plea of AAP government in Delhi seeking a direction that the high court be restrained from delivering its judgement on issues including the scope of powers of the city government to exercise its authority in performing public functions. A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur will hear the appeal of Delhi government in

NEW DELHI: As many as 109 Nobel laureates, mostly scientists, have signed a letter urging the Greenpeace to end its opposition to the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and calling upon governments around the world to reject the NGO's campaigns that opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. Urging the Greenpeace, known for its anti-GM crops stand that led many

Reliance Defence and Engineering has received RBI approval to exit the corporate debt restructuring package. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure has acquired nearly 35 per cent in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Co, which has been renamed as Reliance Defence and Engineering. Sources said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cleared Reliance Defence exiting the CDR package. The

Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani dedicated ‘Prashikshak’ - a teacher education portal, to the nation at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi today. ‘Prashikshak’ is launched with a vision to strengthen District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and bring quality teachers into the Indian school education system. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani,

: Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal climbed to fifth spot, according to the latest rankings released today by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). However, due to lacklustre performance of Jwala and Ashwini cost them their rankings came down four places moving at 20th spot in women’s doubles. Saina, after retaining her second Australian Open title recently thrashed her Chinese player Sun Yu,

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that BRICS nations have achieved a major success in a short journey. India is hosting this year's Brics summit in Goa in the month of October where over 8, 000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are expected to take part. India is hosting the summit in its capacity as chair of the influential bloc. The minister called upon

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed India-born Rajesh Agrawal as the deputy mayor for business. Khan had tasked Agrawal with championing London's interests following the exit of Britain after the EU referendum, and protecting jobs and growth while the negotiation process for exit takes place. Agrawal was Khan's business adviser during his mayoral campaign. Born and brought up in

 Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) has been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2003 and, as per the 2014 census, boasts 4,350 cricketers and 80 dedicated cricket facilities. Saudi Arabia was on Thursday unanimously elected as the International Cricket Council’s 39th Associate Member during its Full Council meeting in Edinburgh. Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) has been an Affiliate Member of the ICC

The championship was hosted by International Body Building Fitness Federation (IBFF) in Koper, Slovakia where Shashi Kumar bagged gold. Delhi welcomed bodybuilder Shashi Kumar on Friday who recently won the gold medal at World Championship.The championship was hosted by International Body Building Fitness Federation (IBFF) in Koper, Slovakia where Shashi Kumar bagged gold.

 Barak-8 can hit the target within a range of 70 km, weighs 275 kg and can carry a payload of 60 kg. Medium range Surface-to-Air ballistic missile, Barak-8, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Odisha coast this morning. Barak-8, developed in collaboration with Israel, was test fired from launch pad no-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at 8:16 am. The four-meter long

While the predominantly Muslim countries rejected the resolution, countries like India, South Africa and the Philippines abstained from backing it. The UN Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect homosexuals and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. After a heated debate lasting almost four hours, the 47-member state

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a technology that may aid in driving drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain, leading to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. "Current interventions for acute brain injury are aimed at stabilising the patient by reducing intracranial pressure and maintaining blood flow, but there are no approved drugs to stop the cascade of events

NEW DELHI:  India's first integrated defence communication network was today launched here enabling the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. The Defence Communication Network (DCN), a strategic, highly secure and scalable system, has a pan-India reach - from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.

According to report published by UN agencies, up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages in coming months, the highest level since a conflict erupted between government troops and a newly formed rebel group. Nearly 70,000 people have fled to nearby towns while about 10,000 of them have taken shelter at a United Nations base in the area, where streams of displaced continue to

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has launched long-term monitoring studies project to document the effect of climate change on animal biodiversity in five Himalayan states. These five Himalayan states are Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Key Facts Under the project, ZSI will monitor indicators in species like butterflies, bees, fish and other insects to find how

Scientists for the first time have found clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. Ozone layer in the atmosphere’s stratospheric layer comprises of Ozone (O3), an allotrope of oxygen. It plays important role in blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the Sun. The absence or thinning of Ozone layer increases the chances of skin cancer, cataract damage

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh said that the constitutional power of the executive to grant pardon to convicts cannot be exercised by the apex court unless there is a violation of fundamental rights. There was an argument that when a pardon or remission can be given under Article 72 (by President) or 161 (by Governor)  by the constitutional authority, that why  similar power

Indian Air Force will raise the first squadron of home-grown Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with the induction of two aircraft into the force on Friday. State-run HAL will hand over the first two Tejas aircraft to IAF which will make up the 'Flying Daggers' 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA.
The LCA squadron induction ceremony will be held at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment here

Karnataka is the first State to impose such a ban. Kerala government has decided to ban 'electronic cigarette' in view of studies claiming that its use can cause various health issues, including cancer and heart ailments. State Health Minister K K Shylaja on Thursday directed the additional chief secretary (health)to issue an order banning the production, sale and advertisement of 'electronic cigarette' alias 'e-

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has entered into a strategic partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for two years. As per MoU, both organizations have decided to enter into an agreement as Strategic Partners, to work jointly for the achievement of common goals and objectives related to energy efficiency in India and abroad. With this partnership, the main focus of

India has jumped 19 places in the latest World Bank ranking in the global logistics performance, reflecting the improvement in movement of goods inside the country thus facilitating better trade. The World Bank in its latest once-in-two-year Logistics Performance Index (LPI) said India is now ranked 35th as against the 54th spot it occupied in the previous 2014 report. In the 2014 report, India had a

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

Jeff Bezos-led online retail giant Amazon has topped MIT’s annual list of the world’s smartest companies of 2016 for combining innovative technology with an effective business model. Chinese web services company Baidu and the world’s largest DNA-sequencing company Illumina have been ranked second and third respectively. The list also includes Tesla Motors, Alphabet, Facebook, SpaceX

Matthew Gdovin, an associate professor in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Biology, developed a newly patented method to kill cancer cells. Gdovin’s research was published on 27 June 2016 in The Journal of Clinical Oncology. The discovery may help people with inoperable or hard-to-reach tumours.

The Argentina women’s team on 27 June 2016 won the 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title. To win the title, Argentina defeated the reigning World and Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-1. The final match was held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, the UK. For Argentina, it was the 3rd consecutive title and the 7th title overall. In the championship, while the Argentina captain Carla

Sameer Mon, the veteran sprinter of India, on 30 June 2016 won gold in 100 meter dash in 10.60 seconds at the 56th National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships in Hyderabad. With this, Sameer, representing Manipur, also became the fastest athlete in the country. 32-year-old Sameer was a member of the bronze winning Indian 4x100m relay quartet in Delhi Commonwealth Games. He had

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 30 June 2016 notified rules for calculating Fair Market Value (FMV) of assets located in India with regard to indirect transfer provisions as prescribed in Section 9(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961. Under section 9 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, any income arising from transfer of any share of or interest in a foreign company or entity that derives its value

Suzuki Motor Corp on 29 June 2016 announced the appointment of Toshihiro Suzuki as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment came after Osamu Suzuki announced that he will decline the CEO position to take responsibility for the automaker's use of incorrect testing methods when calculating vehicle mileage. Toshihiro Suzuki is the son of Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki.

India Post in June 2016 opened up the ongoing scheme of customized printing of ‘My Stamp’ for individuals and corporate also. Under the scheme an individual or a corporate entity can get their photo or logo printed inside the postage stamp at a price of 12 lakh rupees. As per reports, this time there will be 5000 sheets comprising 60000 postage stamps. These stamps can be used for general postal mail.

The Union Government on 28 June 2016 revised the financial limits of departments and ministries for appraisal and approval of Non-Plan Schemes or Projects by competent authorities. With this, appraisal and approval process in the Central Government Ministries and Departments will be expedited. As per the revised delegation, the Committee on Non-Plan Expenditure (CNE) will now appraise proposals

Anil Kumble, the new coach of the Indian cricket team, can stay on as chairman of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee, a BCCI official was reported saying. Post Kumble's appointment, reports have surfaced that Sourav Ganguly could take his post at ICC, but it has been made clear that Kumble is free to hold on to his ICC post, alike Darren Lehmann and Rahul Dravid,

The government decided to import 7,500 tonnes of chana and masoor dal in the coming days to boost domestic supply and curb prices. The pulses issue was discussed in detail in the meeting of Management Committee of Price Stabilisation Fund, chaired by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande here. "The meeting decided to further tender import of 5,000 tonnes of chana and 2,500 tonnes

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Thursday heard the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s petition against Lodha committee recommendations. There will be no further hearings on the issue as arguments from both sides were completed today. The court also reserved its order on the issue and the verdict is likely to be pronounced soon. BCCI had decided to approach the Supreme Court against

Ravi Shastri has resigned as a member of the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), of which he has been a member as a media representative for the last six years. As of yet, there is no hint that his resignation from the committee has anything to do with him being overlooked for the job of the Indian National Coach.Shastri is thought to have expressed his desire to resign from the

Honble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi issued necessary instructions for the entrepreneurship of agriculture graduates while putting emphasis on agricultural education for the upliftment of agriculture throughout the country. Keeping this in view Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, suggested that a professional curriculum should be framed out on agricultural

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