Tuesday 5 July 2016



Ponda: Rajmata Umadevi Soundekar Wadiyar of the erstwhile Soundekar dynasty in Goa passed away on Monday following a brief illness.She was 66 and passed away in a private hospital at Belagavi, Karnataka.She was the wife of the 13 th generation king of Soundekar dynasty, late Sadashiva Basavalinga Soundekar Wadiyar. After the death of King Sadashiva in 2006 and her elder son

Veteran actress Noel Niell, best known for playing Lois Lane on the Adventures of Superman television series, has died at the age of 95. Niell’s manager and biographer Larry Ward shared a statement on Facebook, saying that she “maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death.”The actress first played Lois Lane in 1948’s Superman, reprising the role in 1950’s Atom Man

The Election Commission is prepared to simultaneously hold general and state Assembly polls, provided there is a consensus among all political parties and constitutional amendments to this effect, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi has said.  “As a commission, this is our recommendation to the law ministry that elections in the country can be held together for both state Assemblies as well as

India, along with China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and South Africa, have opposed a United Nations resolution which recognized Internet usage as a basic human right. The countries were particularly opposed to a specific para in the resolution which condemns “measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online.” The resolution said that these measures are in

Poverty, illiteracy and early death await disadvantaged children, according to a UNICEF report.Based on current trends, 69 million children under 5 years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030–the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals-–unless the world focuses more on the plight of

Kolkata, 13th June, 2016: Taking a step towards building their team for the upcoming third edition of the Indian Super League, title holders of the inaugural edition and semi-finalists of the second edition Atletico de Kolkata, today announced that the team has retained foreign players Iain Hume, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Sameehg Doutie and Ofentse Nato from the previous season.The team

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter's orbit today after a five-year journey from Earth, in a giant step to understand the origin and evolution of the king of planets and the solar system. With its suite of nine science instruments, Juno will study the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya from 7th to 11th July, 2016. On 7th July, in Mozambique, the Prime Minister will have bilateral discussions with President Nyusi to strengthen our bilateral ties and enhance our development cooperation. From 8th-9th July, in South Africa, the Prime Minister will have meetings with President Jacob Zuma and

Supreme Court has said that divorce decrees granted by ecclesiastical tribunals, popularly known among Christians as church courts, had no legal sanctity. A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud said any man who remarries after divorce decree granted by church court will be committing an offence.The bench was hearing a petition filed by Bengaluru-based Catholic

The Haryana government on Friday extended the term of Justice (retd) S N Dhingra commission of inquiry probing the alleged murky land deals to developers in about a dozen sectors in Gurgaon till August 31, 2016.  This is third time the state government has extended the term of the one-man commission of inquiry since its constitution in May 2015. Justice Dhingra had sought more time to

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has successfully turned the banking system to 'neutral' from a high cash crunch zone three-four months ago, a move that will help consumers derive faster benefits from the central bank's policy rate cuts. "The RBI has achieved its desired 'neutral' liquidity in the first quarter itself, mainly on account of Rs 80,000 crore OMO (open market operation) purchases

NEW DELHI: Telecom tower company Indus Towers today announced the appointment of Tejinder Kalra as its Chief Operating Officer. The appointment came into effect from July 1. "With over 26 years of experience in the telecom and telecom services industry, Tejinder holds an extensive experience in strategy development, implementation and service delivery across geographies," a

MUMBAI: Merger & acquisition (M&A) deals involving Indian companies increased 82% in the first half of 2016 at $27 billion in the first half of 2016, the highest in the first six months in any year since 2011 led by a four and a half time increase of Indian acquisitions abroad at $4.5 billion, data released from Thomson-Reuters said. Outbound acquisitions by Indian companies were mainly from the energy

Britain’s main pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage on Monday resigned as head of the far-right, anti- immigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP) saying he “couldn’t possibly achieve more”, just two weeks after Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU). Mr. Farage (52) said he felt he had done all he could to achieve a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23 and now he

The upgrade was part of USD 30 billion plan by Bangladesh to modernise its railway system and China is ready to play an active role in this regard, an article in the state-run Global Times said. China plans to provide Bangladesh with a whopping USD nine billion low-interest loan to build six rail projects including one close to the Indian border, official media here reported on Tuesday. Bangladesh wants to

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday rejected opposition calls for his resignation.On Monday evening, opposition Labour Party Leader Bill Shorten called for Turnbull to quit as leader of the Liberal National Party coalition, claiming that the premier was “out of touch” and was unable to provide parliamentary “stability” which he promised to Australian voters throughout his

TEHRAN: Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whose 1997 film "Taste of Cherry" won the prestigious Palme d'Or and who kept working despite government resistance, died Monday. He was 76. Iran's official news agency IRNA said Kiarostami died in Paris, where he had gone for cancer treatment last week after undergoing surgery in Iran earlier this year. He wrote and directed dozens of films over a

India and Sri Lanka today agreed to start negotiations on fast-track basis for the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and conclude the talks before end of the year. The issue among others was came up for discussion during the meeting between the visiting Sri Lankan Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, and Commerce

Mumbai, Jul 5 (UNI) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with vide its order dated June 30, 2016, has cancelled the licence of Jijamata Mahila Sahakari Bank Limited, Satara, Maharashtra to carry on banking business under Section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (As applicable to Co-operative

Growth in country's services sector slowed to a seven-month low in June as new orders continued to soften, a business survey showed on Tuesday. Though input prices rose, service firms were barely able to raise selling prices, suggesting the central bank may have room to cut interest rates again in coming months if inflationary pressures in the broader economy moderate.The Nikkei/Market Services

India maintained its supremacy over China in pharmaceutical exports in 2015 with a growth of 7.55 per cent to $12.54 billion, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday. "India's pharmaceutical exports continued its lead over China in 2015...India maintains its supremacy over China in pharmaceuticals," the ministry said in a

Long queues at enquiry windows and announcements over loudspeakers at railway stations will soon be a thing of the past. The Indian Railways have mooted a plan to fully digitise its railway stations and bring all passenger-related information on big LED screens. The idea is to convert railway stations into silent zones like the airports and mop up revenue through advertisement simultaneously. The directorate

Reliance Industries has received green nod for drilling 8 additional exploratory wells to ascertain the reservoir capacity and commercial viability of hydrocarbons off the coast of Tamil Nadu at a project cost of Rs 800 crore. The company has been awarded exploratory rights for hydrocarbons prospecting in the offshore block DY-III-D5 under the New Exploration Licensing Policy-III. RIL has already been

Bengaluru: Indian columnist and author Dinesh C Sharma has been named the winner of the Computer History Museum Book Prize for his book, The Outsourcer: The Story of India's IT Revolution. The prize was given by the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) for the History of Technology. It was presented to Sharma at the annual meeting of the society in

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the government to give three percent reservation to persons with disability (PWD) in all services, irrespective of the mode of filling such posts. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre observed that it was "disheartening" to note that low numbers of PWD, which was much below three per cent, were in government jobs, years after

After periodic reminders from the Supreme Court through observations while dealing with matrimonial cases involving mainly Muslim women, the Narendra Modi government has asked the Law Commission to examine the viability of implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country based on “the best elements” from various existing personal codes. Predictably, the Congress party has questioned the

Mumbai: Bengaluru para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals, including three golds, at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic. Niranjan's efforts saw him win gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, as also bronze in 100m freestyle, 100m

There was magic in the air in 2011. And not just in India. In an extraordinary global, seemingly unconnected movement the civil society started a spirited pushback against systemized corruption. Occupy Wall Street originated in the US and quickly gained global recognition. Russia witnessed the Snow Revolution. India, too, suffered the birth pangs of a similar wave with the emergence of India

The chances of CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan being appointed chairman of the proposed fourth Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission with Cabinet rank without any further delay has brightened with the State Cabinet clearing an amendment to The Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Amendment Bill on Monday. The amendment to The Legislative Assembly (Removal

New Delhi: Union cabinet will consider on Wednesday a model law that seeks to allow shops, malls and other establishments to operate throughout the year with flexibility to open and shut at their convenience. The model law also provides for women to be employed in night shifts with adequate security. It also calls for better working conditions for workers like drinking water, canteen, first aid,

Scientists, led by an Indian-origin researcher, are developing biologically-inspired drones that can navigate just like birds and flying insects without needing human input, radar or satellite navigation.A team at the University of Queensland in Australia is studying flying techniques that budgerigars and bees share, and applying their findings to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) control programmes. "We

19 leaders being sworn-in today as new ministers at the Centre. They include leaders from the states going to polls next year . Expansion focuses on more representation for backward castes, Dalits .  The 19 leaders who took oath today as new ministers at the Centre, were picked after an exhaustive vetting and selection process to find the best talent, sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the

Decks have been cleared for the merger of the Khir Ganga National Park in Kullu district with the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), as the National Wildlife Board and the State Wildlife Board have accorded approval. The only hitch now is the settlement of the grazing and herb collection rights of the locals who reside in the vicinity of the Khir Ganga National Park, which does not have any habitation.

Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have built a super-sensitive electronic nose comprising of chemical sensors metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The super-sensitive e-nose has ability to detect pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations by analyzing their chemical makeup. Key facts MOFs are like microscopic sponges. They can absorb quite a lot of

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to extend New Horizons mission to investigate a mysterious object deep in the Kuiper Belt. In the extended mission New Horizons space probe will investigate a mysterious object known as 2014 MU69 located deep in the Kuiper Belt. 2014 MU69: It is an ancient object considered one of the early building blocks of the

Sudarshan Sen has been as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will replace NS Vishwanathan who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI. In his new role, Sudarshan Sen will look after Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Co-operative Bank Regulation and Department of Non-Banking Regulation. About Sudarshan Sen Sen holds an MBA degree in International Banking

The Press Trust of India has appointed Venky Venkatesh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Venkatesh was earlier associated with HT Media Ltd as its Chief Learning Officer. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad,  Venkatesh began his career with Hindustan Unilever Limited and has held senior leadership positions in sales and marketing during his 35-year career. He

a) On the occasion of 61st State Bank Day on 1st July, State Bank of India has launched 3 new digital offerings. b) With Flipkart, SBI has launched the pre-approved EMI facility on purchase. SBI will provide overdraft facility to pre-qualified set of customers for transacting on Flipkart for a minimum purchase of Rs. 5000. c) SBI has also launched its social media banking platform called 'SBI Mingle'

a) Maharashtra state has successfully crossed it's ambitious target of planting 2 crore trees in state. The state has crossed the mark of 2 crores and planted around 3 crores trees on 1st July, 2016.
b) In Maharashtra, the green cover is only 20% against the required 33.5%. Out of a total of 307 lakh

RIL, SBI sign shareholder agreement for payments bank JV.a) State Bank of India & Reliance Industries have recently signed an agreement to set up a joint venture for payments banks.
b) In 'The Subscription & Shareholders' agreement' has 70% equity of RIL and 30% equity of

a) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat will soon be telecasted in Bangladesh. b) The massage given by PM will be translated into the native tongue and the answers to the questions invited from people of Bangladesh will also be incorporated. c) Mann Ki Baat will be broadcasted in Bangladesh on All India Radio's upcoming Bangla language service channel Akashvani Maitree, for which AIR has

a) Ministry of Tourism has recently released a data on domestic and foreign tourists visit to states and Union territories for the year 2015. b) There were 1,432 million domestic tourists visits to the states and UTs. Tamil Nadu has topped in terms of state of highest domestic visits. Tamil Nadu had 333.5 million domestic visits. Uttar Pradesh is at the 2nd position and Andhra Pradesh stands at 3rd. c) In

a) Cabinet has approved the implementation of seventh pay commission for its over 1 crore employees recommending an overall hike of 23.5%.b) The new scales of pay provide for entry-level basic pay going up from Rs. 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.e. Secretary, it would shoot up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For Class 1 officers, the

Linda Burney, a former teacher, on 2 July 2016 became the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives (lower house) of the Parliament of Australia. She achieved the fete after claiming victory in the marginal seat of Barton. She won the seat as a candidate of the centre-left Labour Party in the national polls. With this, she joins first Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt of the

Jawaharlal Nehru Port became the first port in India to implement logistics data tagging of containers. The implementation of the logistics data bank tagging of containers will help importers/exporters track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service. A Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID) will be attached to each container. The containers will be tracked through RIFD readers installed at

A parliamentary committee in Pakistan directed the government to build a temple and crematorium for Hindus in Islamabad. A Pakistani parliamentary committee on July 4 directed the government to build a temple and crematorium for Hindus in Islamabad, rejecting the notion that there would be “security issues” if a place of worship for the country’s minority community is built. “It is surprising and sad

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