Month: July 2017

Ravi Mittal appointed part-time member on IRDAI board

Why in news ? Ravi Mittal, who has joined as additional secretary in the Finance Ministry in place of Anil Khachi, is now a part-time member on the board of Irdai, a ministry source said. About news ? He replaced N S Rao who is a joint secretary level officer. Maruthi Prasad Tangirala appointed as […]

China, Sri Lanka sign $1.1 billion Hambantota Port deal

Why in news ? Sri Lanka on Saturday signed a $1.1 billion deal with China to sell a 70% stake in the strategic Hambantota Portto a state-run Chinese firm, a move that could raise security concerns in India. About news ? It is a deep-water port in the southern tip of Sri Lanka.The deal was […]

Ganga cleanup: 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore approved

Why in news ? The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore under the Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, aiming to reduce the river’s pollution load. About news ? The NMCG will set up sewage treatment plants (STPs) and develop sewage network in four Ganga basin states: Uttar Pradesh, […]

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari wins Hungarian Grand Prix won his fourth victory of the season. Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes obtained the third place in the season. He defeated Kimi Raikkonen.

Japanese, Sri Lankan among 2017 winners of Magsaysay awards

Why in news ? A Japanese historian who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize. About news ? The awards, named after […]

World’s smallest spacecraft Sprites launched by Indian rocket

Why in news ? The world’s smallest spacecraft were on 23 June 2017 successfully launched into low-Earth orbit by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). About news ? It is named as Sprites,the 3.5cmx3.5cm space probes weigh 4 grams each and run on sunlight. The Sprites were constructed by researchers at Cornell University and […]

Canara Bank launches CANDI first digital branch in Bengaluru

Why in news ? Canara Bank launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’at Spencer Towers in MG Road,Bengaluru. About news ? The branch is titled“CANDI”and its aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers. It will enable customers to get most of the information related to their accounts without visiting the branch. It further offers […]

Freedom fighter KE Mammen passes away

Freedom fighter and noted Gandhian K E Mammen passed away on Wednesday in a private hospital at Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram district on Wednesday. He was 97.

DRDO develops India’s first unmanned tank ‘Muntra’

Why in news ? Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed India’s first unmanned tank, which has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. About news ? It is called Muntra (Mission UNmanned TRAcked) and has been rolled out of the Chennai lab. The tanks will […]

2017 BRICS National Security Advisors (NSAs) meeting held in China

Why in news ? National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in China to attend Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (Brics) top security officials meeting beginning on Thursday during which he is expected to hold talks withChinese state councillor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff. About news ? This meeting is a major platform […]