Monday 4 July 2016

CHANDIGARH:  Braveheart flight purser late Neerja Bhanot was conferred the 'Bharat Gaurav Award' at a function at the House of Commons in London, a spokesman said in Chandigarh on Sunday. The award, instituted by Sanksriti Yuva Sanstha -- a Jaipur-headquartered NGO with an international presence, was received by Neerja's brothers Akhil

MUMBAI: Government has now allowed all the four public sector general insurers to participate in its ambitious farm insurance schemes -- the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Unified Package Insurance Scheme -- with potential of over $2.5 billion in premium collection. The government had kicked off the scheme on June 1 without involving any of the four public sector

In a major development ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, Apna Dal has merged with BJP.While Mayawati is still struggling, this merger is a shot in the arm for BJP as Apna Dal has a huge support base mainly among the OBC communities of the Varanasi-Mirzapur area. Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel might be inducted in the Cabinet reshuffle tomorrow. According to sources, with

The refinery will include 3 crude units of 20 million tonnes each for products such as petrol, diesel.India’s biggest oil refinery that state-run IOC, BPCL, HPCL and EIL plan to set up on the west coast will cost $30 billion or Rs.2 lakh crore, a senior official said.“The 60 million tonnes a year refinery and a mega petrochemical complex will be set up in two phases. Phase-1 will be 40 million

Government has now allowed all the four public sector general insurers to participate in its ambitious farm insurance schemes -- the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Unified Package Insurance Scheme -- with potential of over USD 2.5 billion in premium collection. The government had kicked off the scheme on June 1 without involving any of the four public sector general insurers, who

Joe Root (93) and Jos Buttler (70) scored the runs for England as the hosts scored 324 batting first in an inconsequential match in Cardiff. In reply, Sri Lanka never looked threatening losing wickets at regular intervals to fall for 202. In the process, England beat Sri Lanka by 122 runs and wrapped up the

Paris: France's former Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocard died on Saturday at age 85, French authorities said. Rocard served as French Prime Minister from 1988 to 1991 under the presidency of Francois Mitterrand. He was briefly the first secretary of the Socialist Party from 1993 to 1995, Xinhua reported. Expressing condolences to Rocard's family, French President Francois Hollande called

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 4: M V Dhekane takes over as Director of IISU . Noted scientist M V Dhekane has assumed the office of Director, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Department of Space, at Vattiyoorkavu here. Dhekane, who is the seventh director of IISU, took charge on July 1, an official

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Launches 5 Projects Under PMKKKY. Union Mines & Steel Minister Urges The Mining Industry To Spend 10% Of Their Profits On Mineral Exploration.Shri Narender Singh Tomar Shares Vision for Increasing Share of Mining In GDP To 6%. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley inaugurated 5 pilot projects to be implemented under Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan

It is a consensus amongst geoscientists that India is endowed with large mineral resource and has geological environment for many others on account of similarity of geological set up with Australia, South Africa, South America etc. However, survey and exploration have been broadly concentrated on surficial and shallow mineral deposits. Exploration for deep and concealed deposits is a cost-intensive

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a smart model village pilot project at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Speaking at the function to inaugurate the smart village, the President said today he felt that Rashtrapati Bhavan had been truly opened to the public since the village representatives were present there. "It is only the representatives of the villages who can transform this country which has more

BRICS nations will chalk out a plan for enhancing cooperation in energy efficiency when they meet at Visakhapatnam for a two-day deliberation.  India, a member of BRICS, will also showcase its efforts in energy saving, energy efficiency, particularly the LED street lighting programme and PAT (Performance Achievement & Trade) programme for industrial energy efficiency. "The first meeting of

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, are developing a new mobile software that can accurately identify where a person is looking in real time, an advance that may lead smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to be controlled by eye movements. In an effort to make eye tracking cheap, compact and accurate enough to be included in smartphones, researchers are crowdsourcing the collection of

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s personal assets have declined by Rs 2.8 crore in the fiscal year ended March 2016, to Rs 69.13 crore mainly on account of drop in balance in his bank accounts. In his annual Declaration of Assets and Liabilities for 2015-16, Jaitley, who owns three residential properties in the national capital and one each in Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab, besides a 3,600 sq ft plot in

Reserve Bank of India Executive Director N.S. Vishwanathan took charge as deputy governor in charge of overseeing banking and financial sector regulations at the banking regulator on Monday, according to central bank press release. Vishwanathan, who joined the RBI in 1981 and has spent his entire career there, was handling banking regulation and non banking finance companies among other

New Delhi: India has slipped to 75th place in terms of money held by its citizens with banks in Switzerland, while the UK remains on top. India was placed at 61st place last year, while it used to among top-50 countries in terms of holdings in Swiss banks till 2007. The country was ranked highest at 37th place in the year 2004.As per the latest annual update on Swiss banks, released by Switzerland's

New Delhi: The Gujarat government has opposed in the Supreme Court a plea by six persons, acquitted by the apex court in the 2002 Akshardham terror attack case, seeking compensation for their 'wrongful' arrest, saying it would have a "serious demoralising effect" on the investigating agencies. It said that since the trial court as well as the Gujarat High Court had convicted these persons for their

Calgary (Canada): It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the USD 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament here. The 23-year-old Praneeth, seeded fourth, dished out a dominating game to defeat Korea's Lee Hyun 21-12, 21-10 in the

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao on Saturday rejected two separate petitions filed by Opposition YSR Congress seeking disqualification of 13 of its MLAs, who defected to the ruling TDP in recent months. "The petitions did not comply with the relevant rules seeking disqualification of the legislators. As such I have dismissed them," the Speaker told reporters. While the

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced the launch of a mobile application that would enable the customers to measure the internet speed on their smartphone and send results to the authority.  "The MySpeed App, which could be downloaded from the Mobile Seva App Store, allows users to measure their data speed experience and send the results to a TRAI Analytics Portal,"

The Indian space agency's century emboldens it to embrace the private sector. Almost unsung, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has completed a century of launching satellites in space! This was in true Test cricket fashion a slow plod taking almost 36 years, since the first satellite to be launched from India was Rohini in 1980. In a bold first move, ISRO is also opening its doors to the

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 2 July 2016 approved a change to the DRS (Decision Review System) playing condition relating to the LBW “Umpire’s Call”. The decision will allow changes to the decision review system which will make it easier to overturn not-out LBW decisions. The decision was taken at ICC’s annual conference in Edinburgh. As per the amendment, the size of

Michael Cimino, the director of the Vietnam War classic The Deer Hunter, died on 2 July 2016 at his Los Angeles home. He was 77. Cimino was best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter. The film won five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture for Cimino. He was also remembered for writing and directing Heaven's

The Haryana Government on 2 July 2016 announced that it would develop an industrial township in the state at an expense of 5 billion dollar. The new industrial township will spread in over 1500 acres of land in Sohna and Manesar areas of Gurgaon. For this purpose, the Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)

MUMBAI: More than a year after Maharashtra decided to amend the Industrial Disputes Act, the state has decided to shelve the move following stringent opposition from groups including the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh amid signs that the government is backtracking on a number of proposed crucial reforms. Senior government officials said the state is unlikely to carry out the amendment on the lines

NEW DELHI: France has offered to invest EUR 1 billion to revive India's combat jet engine project, proposing a joint development plan that could see the stalled 'Kaveri' gas turbine powering indigenous Tejas fighters by 2020. The proposal is to use offset credits that would come from the planned Rafale fighter jet deal to revive the indigenous jet engine project, people involved in talks between the Indian

DUBAI: India remained third in the latest ICC ODI rankings released today while star batsman Virat Kohli maintained his second spot in the standings. Amongst other teams, World champion Australia has retained its number-one ranking following its 58 runs victory over the West Indies in the final of the tri-series in Barbados on Sunday, but South Africa has dropped behind India in fourth place after it failed

A high alert has been sounded on the Indo-Bangla border in the five states of West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assama and Mizoram in the wake of the terror attack in Dhaka with the Border Security Force (BSF) stepping up its vigil.  India and Bangladesh share a 4,096 km-long international border, the fifth-longest land border in the world, with West Bengal having the highest length with 2,217 km. The

A “disheartened” Supreme Court asked the NDA government to investigate the “barriers” preventing disabled persons from entering government service, especially into the higher ranks, despite a 21-year-old law making it the state’s obligation to provide them at least three per cent reservation in public sector jobs. “The intent is to turn persons with disability (PWD) into ‘agents of their own destiny’...

Anita Nair has been writing for nearly 20 years. But, the writer, who is best known for The Better Man, Ladies Coupe and Mistress, hadn’t experienced her toughest exercise in penning fiction until two years ago. In 2014, when she started working on her second thriller, Chain of Custody — part of her Inspector Borei Gowda series — a lot of things changed for her. With Chain of Custody set to release

In the recently released bi-annual Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 of World Bank Group, India ranked 35th among 160 countries. The index was published in the World Bank bi-annual report ‘Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy’. For the third time, Germany has topped in LPI. Key facts Top 5 countries in 2016 LPI: Germany (score: 4.23 points), Luxembourg

Punjab Government has launched Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) to ensure prompt and effective police response in 12,000 villages across the state. The system was launched Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and  Sukhbir Singh Badal. Besides, he also flagged off 400 new motorcycles and 220 new Bolero jeeps under the new system. Key Facts The RRPRS has been launched by Punjab police to

India’s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre was inaugurated at Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh. It was inaugurated by State Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh along with Supreme Court judge Madan B. Lokur. Key facts The first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre complex has ultra-modern facilities like e-Court, e-Library, e-Filing, Video-

The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency began in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The two day conference will be attended by all 5 member BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. India being BRICS chair for 2016 has organised this event in order to shape and steer the BRICS agenda. The Union Power Ministry is

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has created significant uncertainty. The uncertainty is likely to dampen growth in the near term, particularly in the UK, but with repercussions for Europe and the global economy. Key facts IMF predicts that macroeconomic and financial market impacts in the UK and EU due to Brexit

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One. It was his third title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix (May 2016) and Canadian Grand Prix (June 2016). Austrian Grand Prix was the ninth race of the 2016 season and was held at the Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Rankings after 2016 Austrian Grand Prix 1st position:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Net-anyahu says the memory of the late Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel will be “enshrined in our hearts and in the heart of humanity forever.”He further added that “the state of Israel and the Jewish people express sorrow over the death of Elie Wiesel. Elie, a master of words, gave expression to the victory of the hum-an spirit over cruelty and

The South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Zone Qualifying Round of the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 will be held from July 6 to 8 at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The three-day competition will be played on a round robin league format. Four South Asian teams – defending champions and hosts India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the island nation of Maldives are in the fray. India’s training camp

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author who fought for peace, human rights and simple human decency, has died at the age of 87. Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, recounted his family being sent to the Nazi concentration camps in his first book, “Night,” which was published in France in 1958. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Wiesel as a “master of words.”Born

Former Madhya Pradesh cricketer Kapil Seth has recently passed away. He was 36. According to the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), the all-rounder was suffering from Hepatitis B. Seth, who represented the state in only one first-class and a List A game in the 2000-01 season, made his sole Ranji Trophy appearance against Vidarbha in November 2000,ESPNcricinfo reported. He smashed

India will be hosting the world’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ‘Super Fight League’ from August 26 to October 1. The franchise-based league will feature eight teams – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Haryana, Bangalore, Punjab, Pune and Goa. The league will be a platform for Indian MMA players like Anup Kumar, CJ Singh, Amit Roy, Dhruv Chaudhary to showcase their skills. Each team will

India and Cyprus have agreed to revise their tax treaty under which capital gains tax will be levied on sale of shares on investments made after April 1, 2017, thus bringing the island nation at par with Mauritius in terms of tax treatment on investments. The new Cyprus Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), which has been agreed upon by both the countries, would provide for source-

China has hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. The Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or Fast, is the size of 30 football fields and has been cut out of a mountain in the south-western province of Guizhou. The telescope, which has taken about five years to

The multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific Southern California 2016 has kicked off, occurring in and around Southern California through Aug. 4. RIMPAC SOCAL, helmed for the first time by Naval Surface Mine Warfare Development Center (SMWDC), allows U.S. and partner nation participants to train together with sea and shore based commands. Participants will receive relevant and realistic

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