Year: 2018

Turkmenistan Launches First Messaging App

Turkmenistan Launches First Messaging App Turkmenistan launched its first messaging app BizBarde. The privately developed BizBarde app will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos and videos, the state Yaslyk television station announced.

ISRO chairman K.Sivan was awarded gold medal by SSI

ISRO chairman K.Sivan was awarded gold medal by SSI ISRO chairman K.Sivan was presented the National Systems Gold Medal by the Systems Society of India (SSI) during the 42nd National Systems Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram. The medal acknowledges his outstanding contributions to system science and engineering. B.N. Suresh, the Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), […]

Telangana State cancer institute achieved two world records

Telangana State cancer institute achieved two world records Telangana State Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare and the MNJ Institute of Oncology achieved two world records, the Guinness World Records and High Range World Records by the cancer institute. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has congratulated and described it as one of the biggest achievements for Telangana government. MNJ is the […]

Cabinet approved 7 CPSEs via IPO

Cabinet approved 7 CPSEs via IPO The Union Cabinet approved the listing of 7 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on the stock exchanges viaInitial Public Offering (IPO) or Follow-on Public Offer (FPO). The companies that will go for IPOs include Telecommunication Consultants (India) Ltd., RailTel Corporation India Ltd., National Seed Corporation India Ltd., Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited, […]

Cabinet approved the submission of Indias second BUR to UNFCCC

Cabinet approved the submission of Indias second BUR to UNFCCC The Union Cabinet approved the submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). BUR has been prepared based on a range of studies conducted at the national level. The scope of BUR is to provide an update to India’s first […]

Forty First Meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee Held in New Delhi

Forty First Meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee Held in New Delhi The 41st meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee was held in New Delhi. In the meeting, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 3,10,597 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri […]

Today in World history – 31 December

406 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning invasion of Gallia 1744 English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble) 1775 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold 1861 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record 1890 Ellis Island […]

Today in Indian History – 31 December

1600East India Company was given the Royal charter 1922Birth of Swaraj Party – Chittaranjan Das – President – Motilal Nehru – Secretary 1929 On 31 December 1929, Congress passed the historic resolution declaring Purna Swaraj as its goal. 1996Gold import policy liberalized Birthdays Kongara Jaggayya – Telugu film actor and MP also

Nepal Caps Expenditure Of Its Citizens In India

Nepal Caps Expenditure Of Its Citizens In India  Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. A spokesperson of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) stated that a Nepali citizen would be unable to spend more than INR 1 lakh per month while paying for goods and services in India. […]

Ministry Signs MoU To Develop A Mobile Audio Guide App For 5 Iconic Sites

Ministry Signs MoU To Develop A Mobile Audio Guide App For 5 Iconic Sites K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, handed over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ schemeto Resbird Technologies for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites. The five iconic sites for which the mobile […]

Gaganyaan: Centre Approves Rs 10,000 Crore For Human Space Mission

Gaganyaan: Centre Approves Rs 10,000 Crore For Human Space Mission The Union Cabinet approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated. The project will cost INR 10,000 crore. The Gaganyaan project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

Union Cabinet approves Homoeopathy Bill, 2018

Union Cabinet approves Homoeopathy Bill, 2018 On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the draft National Commission for Homoeopathy, Bill, 2018. The bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency. It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam which all […]

Booklet on cyber safety released

Booklet on cyber safety released Home Ministry has brought out a booklet on cyber safety for school children to inform them about different aspects of cyber safety. The title of the booklet is ‘A Handbook for Students on cyber Safety’. It also deals with the problems of cyberbullying, cyber grooming, and email fraud. It advises […]

Cabinet nod for easing CRZ norms

Cabinet nod for easing CRZ norms The Union Cabinet approved the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2018 on 28 December 2018. The new notification will allow the greater use of coastal areas for tourism and industrial growth.  Temporary tourism facilities such as shacks, toilet blocks, drinking water facilities etc. have now been permitted in Beaches.

Export incentives for onion farmers doubled

Export incentives for onion farmers doubled The government of India has doubled the export incentives for onion farmers from the existing 5% to 10%. The export incentive for fresh Onions was zero before July,2018. During July 2018, the incentives were introduced at the rate of 5%. The export incentive programme allows farmers to get a […]

Cabinet approves submission of BUR to UNFCCC.

Cabinet approves submission of BUR to UNFCCC. The Union Cabinet approved the submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As per the report, India emitted around 2.607 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of Green House Gases in 2014. India had submitted its first […]

Cabinet approves amendments to POCSO Act

Cabinet approves amendments to POCSO Act On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The new amendment includes the death penalty for sexual assault on children. It provides for punishments for other crimes against those below 18 years of age. The Act defines a […]

Union Cabinet approved the Medicine Bill, 2018

Union Cabinet approved the Medicine Bill, 2018 On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the draft National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018. The bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) with a new body to ensure transparency. The draft bill provides for the constitution […]

Cabinet approves a hike in MSP for Copra

Cabinet approves a hike in MSP for Copra The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of ‘Milling Copra’ by Rs 2000. It has been increased to Rs.9521/- per quintal for 2019 season from Rs. 7511/-per quintal in 2018. The […]

Web Page on ‘Drone Olympics’event launched

Web Page on ‘Drone Olympics’event launched Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a newly designed web page for ‘Drone Olympics’ (https://aeroindia.gov.in/Drone) on 28 December 2018. The event is scheduled to be held at ‘Aero India – 2019’ from 20-24 February 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The web page is open for registration of […]

Modric won ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ award

Modric won ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ award Croatia football captain Luka Modric was named ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ on 27 December 2018. He is the second football player to win the prize. He also won the ‘Ballon d’Or’ award 2018. Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov was the first football player to win the ‘Balkan Athlete […]

Justice Praveen to be the Acting CJ of AP HC

Justice Praveen to be the Acting CJ of AP HC President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar as the new Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He is the senior-most judge of the current Andhra Pradesh High Court. The High Court will come into existence on January 1, 2019. The new […]

HDFC group surpasses Tatas in m-cap

HDFC group surpasses Tatas in m-cap HDFC group has become the most valuable business house in the country. It has surpassed the Tatas in terms of Market capitalisation. The cumulative market valuation of HDFC group surged to Rs 10.40 trillion on 27 December 2018. HDFC group has five listed firms – HDFC Ltd, HDFC Bank, […]

ICICI tops list of banks penalising staff

ICICI tops list of banks penalising staff As per the RBI Data, ICICI bank topped the list of those taking action against staff for their involvement in frauds during the three years through 2015 to 2017. SBI was at the second position in terms of action initiated against employees involved in frauds, followed by Punjab […]

RBI relaxes withdrawal limit for depositors

RBI relaxes withdrawal limit for depositors The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed the restrictions placed on the City Co-operative Bank Ltd., by allowing the depositors to withdraw ₹5,000. In April 2018, the RBI barred the bank from extending fresh loans or making a new investment without prior approval and depositors were allowed to withdraw ₹1,000. […]

Cabinet approves listing of 7 unlisted CPSEs

Cabinet approves listing of 7 unlisted CPSEs 6 Central Public Sector Enterprises will be listed on the stock exchange. Telecommunication Consultants Ltd, RailTel Corporation India Ltd, National Seed Corporation India Ltd, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd, Water & Power Consultancy Services Ltd, & Aravali Gypsum and Minerals Ltd will be listed on the exchange. The […]

Today in World history – 30 December

987 French King Hugo Capet crowns his son Robert the compassionate king 1317 Pontifical degree “Sancta Romania” against spiritualists 1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI

Today in Indian History – 30 December

19431943 – Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_occupation_of_the_Andaman_Islands 1953Untouchability (offences bill) published in Gazette of India Birthdays Ramana Maharshi,K.M. Munshi,Avinash Raj Khanna (1930)

India to provide Bhutan Rs 400 Cr

India to provide Bhutan Rs 400 Cr India will provide Bhutan a transitional trade support facility of Rs 400 crore over a period of five years. The amount will help in strengthening the bilateral trade & economic linkages between India and Bhutan. India and Bhutan reiterated their commitment to jointly develop 10,000 MWs of hydropower generating […]

Delhi Police digitised all malkhanas

Delhi Police digitised all malkhanas The Delhi Police became the first police force in the country to digitise all malkhanas. Malkhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition, across every police station in the state. The digitisation of case properties would give a boost to the prosecution and the judicial system by making it easier […]

RBI enhances single borrower limit facility

RBI enhances single borrower limit facility The Reserve Bank of India extended the enhanced single borrower limit facility for Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) sector by 3 months. It has now been extended up to March 31, 2019 This will provide much-needed liquidity support to NBFCs. In October 2018, RBI increased the single borrower limit for NBFCs […]

PSBs approve loans worth over Rs 37,400 cr

PSBs approve loans worth over Rs 37,400 cr Public Sector Banks (PSBs) approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth of 37,412 crore rupees under the ’59 minutes’ loan scheme. The scheme was launched by the government of India in November 2018. GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can take the loan up […]

Documentary wins award at a film festival

Documentary wins award at a film festival ‘Finding Beauty in Garbage’ received the Best Short documentary film award in ‘Asia South East International Short Film Festival’ in Cambodia on 28 December 2018. The Film which is based on the garbage of Dibrugarh town in upper Assam. The seven-minute film was produced, directed, and scripted by […]

‘Second Delta Ranking’ released

‘Second Delta Ranking’ released Niti Aayog released the ‘Second Delta Ranking’ of the Aspirational Districts Programme on 27 December 2018. The ranking details the incremental progress achieved by the districts during June to October 2018 across six key development sectors. Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu has shown the most improvement overall, followed by Nuapada district […]

Rajesh appointed as CEO FedEx Express

Rajesh appointed as CEO FedEx Express Indian-American Rajesh Subramaniam was named as the President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. multinational courier delivery giant FedEx Express. He is currently the Executive Vice- President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of FedEx Corporation He will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He will replace […]

Foundation stone of 11 projects for laid

Foundation stone of 11 projects for laid Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of 11 projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi. The projects have been taken up under ‘Namami Gange Programme’ by ‘National Mission for Clean Ganga’ to conserve river Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are […]

Fiscal deficit touches 115% of target

Fiscal deficit touches 115% of target India’s fiscal deficit touched 114.8% of the full-year target of Rs. 6.24 lakh crore at the end of November 2018 on account of lower revenue collection. The fiscal deficit stood at Rs. 7.16 lakh crore during April-November of the current financial year. The government has budgeted to cut the […]

Seven PSBs to receive Rs. 28,615 crore

Seven PSBs to receive Rs. 28,615 crore The government will infuse Rs. 28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through recapitalisation bonds by the end of December 2018. The amount infused will help the banks meet regulatory capital requirement. Out of these seven PSBs, Bank of India is likely to get the highest amount […]

Pakistan to issue ‘Panda bonds’

Pakistan to issue ‘Panda bonds’ Pakistan’s cabinet has approved the issuance of first-ever renminbi-denominated ‘Panda Bonds’. It will issue the bonds to raise loans from China’s capital markets. It expects to raise $500 million to $1 billion in different tranches. The interest rate may be over 5.5% but the final price will be determined at […]

MoU signed to develop a mobile Audio Guide App

MoU signed to develop a mobile Audio Guide App The Ministry of Tourism signed a MoU with M/s ‘Resbird Technologies’ for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites. The MoU has been signed under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project The five iconic sites for which the mobile Audio Guide App is […]

Handbook of Ministry of I&B released

Handbook of Ministry of I&B released The ‘Administrative Handbook’ of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was launched on 27 December 2018. The handbook is a mix of a telephone directory and a diary and displays contact details of all officers of the Ministry and Media Units. Col.Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) is the Minister of State (Independent […]

NHRC launches toll-free helpline

NHRC launches toll-free helpline The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number and also a facility to file complaints through Common Service Centre (CSC). The toll-free number is ‘14433’. These steps had been taken by the NHRC to expand its outreach. Justice (retd) H L Dattu is the Chairperson of the National Human […]

Chamba SP conferred ‘Champion of Change’ award

Chamba SP conferred ‘Champion of Change’ award Chamba’s Superintendent of Police Monika Bhutunguru was conferred with the ‘Champion of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 27 December 2018. She was awarded for her immense contribution, exemplary work and bringing a significant change in the Chamba district. The award selection jury was led by former […]

Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha

Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 on 27 December 2018. The Bill makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the practice a punishable offense with imprisonment of up to three years. The Bill […]

Ambika Prasad Panda appointed CMD of SECL

Ambika Prasad Panda appointed CMD of SECL Ambika Prasad Panda was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). She is at present Director of finance in SECL. She has been appointed the CMD of SECL for a period of five years. SECL is the subsidiary of Coal India Limited and […]

Int’l camel festival in Bikaner from Jan 12

Int’l camel festival in Bikaner from Jan 12 International Camel festival will be held at Bikaner in Rajasthan from 12 Jan 2019. Activities such as fur cutting, camel decoration, designing among others would be organised at the twenty-sixth International camel festival. Competitions like Mr. Bikana and Miss Marwan, cultural performances by folk artists from different […]

7th tranche of electoral bonds sale from 1 Jan

7th tranche of electoral bonds sale from 1 Jan The seventh tranche of electoral bonds sale will take place from 1 to 10 January 2019. The State Bank of India has been authorised to issue and encash Electoral Bonds through its 29 Authorised Branches. A person can buy electoral bonds, either singly or jointly, with […]

Indian Social Science Congress inaugurated

Indian Social Science Congress inaugurated The 42nd Indian Social Science Congress was inaugurated by Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla in Bhubaneswar on 27 December 2018. The theme of the congress is ‘Human Future in Digital Era’. Indian Social Science Congress is the annual meet of social scientists organized by Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA).

Central Railway introduces ATE System

Central Railway introduces ATE System The Central Railways introduced a new state-of-the-art technology called Automated Train Examination System (ATES). ATES has been developed by Konkan Railways. It measures axle box temperature, wheel disc temperature, and records the under-gear of rolling stock of running trains through infrared and other cameras. ATES also immediately warns about hot […]

Today in World history – 29 December

1503 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under General Cordoba defeats French forces 1539 St Jacob’s Church burns after being hit by lightning 1541 Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu

Today in Indian History – 29 December

1953States Reorganization Commission came into existence 1965First Indian made tank rolled off Avadi 1972Construction work of Calcutta Metro started 1997Sonia Gandhi stepped into active politics 2011Russian court rejected the petition to ban Gita Birthdays Rajesh Khanna – One time superstar of Hindi films,Twinkle Khanna – Hindi film actor,Ramanand Sagar,W.C. Bonnerjee (1844),Syed Kirmani (1949)

Indian Oil, ONGC, & NTPC most profitable PSUs

Indian Oil, ONGC, & NTPC most profitable PSUs The Public Enterprises Survey 2017-18, Indian Oil Corporation, ONGC, and NTPC emerged as the top three most profitable Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in 2017-18. Coal India and Power Grid Corporation occupied the fourth and fifth spot in the list of top 10 profit making in 2017-18. BSNL, Air […]

Women Boxing Championship to begin from 31 Dec

Women Boxing Championship to begin from 31 Dec The National Women’s Boxing Championships will be held in Karnataka from 31 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. The tournament will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports. This will be the first time that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will be hosting […]

India announced financial assistance to Bhutan

India announced financial assistance to Bhutan India announced Rs. 4,500 crore financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan. The announcement was made after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan. The new five-year plan of Bhutan began this year and will continue till 2022. PM Tshering arrived […]

Cabinet approves 10,000 cr Gaganyaan project

Cabinet approves 10,000 cr Gaganyaan project The Union Cabinet approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days. The project will cost Rs 10,000 crore. India has already inked agreements with Russia and France for assistance in the ambitious project. Gaganyaan will help India become […]

E-commerce Giants Like Amazon And Flipkart Can No Longer Sell Their Own Products

As per the new e-commerce policies set by the government of India, a ban will be applied to companies like Amazon and Flipkart from selling products from companies in which they have an equity share. The government statement also said the policy will prevent companies from entering into exclusive agreements with the sellers. These new […]

Colin completed Solo trek across Antarctica

Colin completed Solo trek across Antarctica Colin O’Brady, an American adventurer, has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without the assistance of any kind. He took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-km) crossing Antartica. He arrived at the finish point on the Ross Ice Shelf on the Pacific […]

Centre tightens rules for selling online

Centre tightens rules for selling online The government of India said that e-commerce companies would be barred from selling products sourced from firms in which they have the stake in or control over. It also said that an e-commerce marketplace will not force any seller to sell any product exclusively on its platform. The norms […]

Nepal caps expenditure of its citizens

Nepal caps expenditure of its citizens On 25 December 2018, Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. Nepali citizen would not be able to spend more than Rs. 1 lakh every month while paying for goods and services in India. The policy is applicable to […]

NITI Aayog released Second Delta Ranking

NITI Aayog released Second Delta Ranking NITI Aayog released the ‘Second Delta Ranking’ of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) on December 27, 2018. The ranking will measure the incremental progress made by districts between 1 June  2018, and 31 October 2018. The districts have been ranked on parameters like Health & Nutrition, Education etc. The […]

Telangana & AP to get separate High Courts

Telangana & AP to get separate High Courts President Ramnath Kovind issued orders constituting a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh with effect from January 1, 2019. The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad will now become the High Court for Telangana. With the creation of the new High Court for Andhra Pradesh, the country […]

Investment through P-notes rises in November

Investment through P-notes rises in November Investments in the Indian capital market through Participatory notes (P-notes) increased to Rs 79,247 crore in November 2018. P-notes are issued by registered foreign portfolio investors to overseas investors who wish to be part of the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly. The funds’ inflow through P-notes in […]

Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 26 December 2018. He was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former India captain Rahul Dravid in July 2018. He is the 25th Australia cricketer to be […]

Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge Award announced

Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge Award announced As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from 1 to 15 November 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organised a ‘Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge’. This was organised to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized Start-ups in the country. Four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management, and air management […]

Survey launched to capture the payment habits

Survey launched to capture the payment habits The Reserve Bank of India launched a ‘Survey on Retail Payment Habits of Individuals (SRPHi)’ on 26 December 2018. The survey will cover a sample of 6,000 individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds. The survey will be conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Guwahati. The purpose of […]

Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as DCIDS-Operations

Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as DCIDS-Operations Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva has taken over as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) on 26 December 2018. Prior to this, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer at Southern Air Command headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. He was an Air Force examiner and also commanded a frontline transport […]

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile Russia’s Defence Ministry successfully conducted the final tests of the ‘Avangard’ hypersonic missile system on 26 December 2018. The intercontinental ‘Avangard’ system would be ready for use from 2019. It can fly at 20 times the speed of sound and can be maneuvered up and down. It is designed using […]

Today in Indian history – 28 December

28 December – Day in History of India 1883  Bharat Sabha organized by Surendranath BanerjeeSurendranath Banerjee started Indian Association in 1876. The Indian Association organized the National Conference as Bharat Sabha during 28-31, December 1883. 1885The first session of the Indian National Congress was held on 28 December 1885 in Bombay. The initial name of the […]

Train 18, now India’s fastest train

Train 18, now India’s fastest train Train 18, has now officially become India’s fastest train, which ran at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour during a trial run. The first trial run of the train was conducted on Bareilly-Moradabad railway section. Train 18 is India’s first indigenously built engine-less train. It was built by […]

Champions of Change award given to Manipur CM

Champions of Change award given to Manipur CM Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh was conferred with the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 26 December 2018. He was awarded for his exemplary leadership in bringing about transformation in governance in the northeastern state. The award selection jury was led by former Chief […]

Railways develops AI-powered robot

Railways develops AI-powered robot Central Railway’s Nagpur division has developed the robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid) It would click pictures and record videos of the under-gears of trains and send them to engineers for repairs and maintenance. By use of this robot, the chances of a mistake and any deficiency […]

Govt institutes ‘Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’

Govt institutes ‘Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’ The government of India has instituted the ‘Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’. The award will be given to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the field of disaster management. If the awardee is an institution, it will be given a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh. If the […]

Prof Hamidi Kashmiri passed away

Prof Hamidi Kashmiri passed away Dr. Hamidi Kashmiri, literary figure in the world of Urdu language, literature, and literary criticism passed away on 26 December 2018. He was a creative writer, an acclaimed critic and propounder of ‘Iktishaafi Tanqueed’. He has also been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir. He was a recipient of the […]

Today in World history – 28 December

Historical Events on December 28 418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona 1065 Westminster Abbey in London consecrated 1308 The reign of Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan, begins

‘Economic capital framework’ committee formed

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in consultation with the government of India, has set up a six-member committee to review the ‘Economic Capital Framework’ of the central bank. Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan will be the committee’s Chairman. The other members are Economic Affairs Secretary Subash Chandra Garg, RBI Deputy Governor N.S. Vishwanathan and […]

Childres’s Science Congress inaugurated

Childres’s Science Congress inaugurated The 26th National Childres’s Science Congress was inaugurated by the Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on 27 December 2018. The event will provide a platform for children to showcase their creativity and ability in science innovation. The event is supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication […]

3rd Dwijing Festival inaugurated in Assam

3rd Dwijing Festival inaugurated in Assam In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival was inaugurated on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district on w27 December 2018. The festival is being organised jointly by Assam’s tourism department, Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and Bodoland Tourism. The festival would focus on contemporary attractions of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts- Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and […]

President gives assent to two bills

President gives assent to two bills President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to two bills from Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh. The ‘Himachal Pradesh Early Childhood Care and Education Centers Bill, 2017’ aims to ensure quality education to children. The ‘Tamil Nadu Vanniyakula Kshatriya Public Charitable Trusts and Endowments Bill, 2018’ aims to create […]

3D model of cancer

Researchers built Virtual Reality (VR) 3D model of cancer Scientists from Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute(CRUK) have built a Virtual Reality (VR) 3D model of cancerthat allows viewers to fly through tumour cells, observing every detail from different angles. The advance paves the way for better understanding cancer and developing new treatments for it. The tumour can be studied in […]

‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ launched

‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ launched ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ was launched in Uttarakhand on 25 December 2018. Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh annually. The scheme will benefit 23 lakh households and cover 1,350 critical diseases. A total of 99 […]

‘Rafi Award’ conferred to Laxmikant & Usha

‘Rafi Award’ conferred to Laxmikant & Usha The ‘Mohammed Rafi Award 2018’ was given to late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. Laxmikant was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. Usha Timothy was honoured with the award and 51,000 rupees. The awards […]

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC Japan has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC)in 2019. It will resume commercial hunting of whales in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone from July 2019. Japan will not be able to continue hunting of whale for the scientific research in the Antarctic. Japan joins Iceland […]

Thailand approves medical use of marijuana

Thailand approves medical use of marijuana On 25 December 2018, Thailand approved the licensed use of marijuana for medical use and research. The changes will legalize the production, import, export, possession, and use of marijuana products for medical purposes. Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to allow the use of medical marijuana. Recreational […]

Govt. to rename 3 Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Govt. to rename 3 Andaman and Nicobar Islands The government of India has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar. The government has decided to rename Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep, and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. […]

Bengali poet Nirendranath passed away

Bengali poet Nirendranath passed away Veteran Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passed away on 25 December 2018. Alongside poetry, Nirendranath Chakraborty was well known for his short stories and novels. He also gained critical acclaim for his poetry book Ulongo Raja (The naked king). He won the prestigious Sahitya Academy prize for Ulongo Raja.

Tata Coffee appoints Chacko Thomas as MD & CEO

Tata Coffee appoints Chacko Thomas as MD & CEO Tata Coffee appointed Chacko Purackal Thomas as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. At present he is the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Tata Coffee. He will take over from Sanjiv Sarin, whose term ends on March 31, 2019. Before joining Tata Coffee, he […]

List of top 10 police stations released

List of top 10 police stations released Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 police stations in India during the DGPs and IGPs conference in Gujarat. The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The Kalu police station in Rajasthan’s Bikaner bagged the first rank. Andaman and Nicobar’s Campbell Bay secured […]

485 schemes launched under ‘Digital Haryana’

485 schemes launched under ‘Digital Haryana’ Haryana government launched 485 schemes under the ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative on 25 December 2018. Haryana became the first state in India, where 4000 ‘Atal Seva Kendras’ in rural areas, 22 at district headquarters, 51 at the sub-divisional level, & 20 ‘Antyodya Saral Kendras’ at Tehsil level, has been launched […]

Maha launches Vajpayee international schools

Maha launches Vajpayee international schools Maharashtra government launched Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools in Mumbai on 25 December 2018. The schools are affiliated to the newly formed Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB). The State aims to introduce international curriculum in 100 schools run by civic bodies, the tribal development department, the social justice department, and […]

Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’

Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’ Sitar player Manju Mehta was conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government The award was given for her contribution in the field of music. She was given a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento. She was presented with the award at the […]

Kuttappa new chief coach for men’s boxing

Kuttappa new chief coach for men’s boxing CA Kuttappa has taken over as India’s Chief boxing coach on 26 December 2018. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh, who has now retired. His first major assignment would be the second edition of the India Open scheduled in January 2019 in Guwahati. He is credited […]

Train launched on Patalpani-Kalakund route

Train launched on Patalpani-Kalakund route The Western Railway (WR) launched the special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund section in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district on 25 December 2018. The heritage train will depart from Dr. Ambedkar Nagar station and will reach Kalakund. Patalpani-Kalkund is a British era meter gauge rail line and is the part of Western […]

Rajnath lays foundation stones of 576 projects

Rajnath lays foundation stones of 576 projects Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stones of 576 projects worth Rs 161 crore in Lucknow on 25 December 2018. On this occasion, Rajnath Singh also inaugurated 17 projects worth Rs 2 crore undertaken by CSR fund of Gas Authority of India Limited. He also inaugurated […]

Sulagitti Narasamma passed away

Sulagitti Narasamma passed away Padma Shri award winner Sulagitti Narasamma passed away in Bengaluru on 25 December 2018. She conducted thousands of deliveries for free as a midwife at a time when medical help was hard to come by in rural areas. Recognising her service to the society, she was awarded the ‘Devaraja Urs’ award in 2012 […]

Today in Indian History (27 December)

Day in History of India 1911 Jana Gana Mana was first sung at the Indian National Congress session, Calcutta 1936Golden Jubilee session of Indian National Congress, Faizpur 1975Explosion at Chasnala coal mine 1977Congress party splits into two. 1985Congress party centenary celebrations

Historical Events on December 27 (World)

418 [Etalius] begins his reign as Catholic Pope 537 The Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian 795 Leo III begins his reign as Pope after his election the previous day 1437 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Bohemia 1512 Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in […]

Youngest woman to have 50 World Cup wins

Youngest woman to have 50 World Cup wins America’s Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps on 22 December 2018. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova got the second position while Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was in third place in slalom championship. Slalom is an […]

Photography Awards to be held in Feb 2019

Photography Awards to be held in Feb 2019 The photo division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will organise the 7th National Photography Awards in February 2019.  The photographers will be awarded in mainly three categories – lifetime achievement award, awards for professional photographers, and the awards for the amateur photographers. The Life Time Achievement […]

Weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests

Weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests The International Weightlifting Federation announced that five weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reanalysis of their urine samples provided during the 2012 London Olympics. They include two Olympic champions, Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, and Uzbekistan’s’ Ruslan Nurudinov. The other weightlifters are from Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts Italy’s Mount Etna erupted on 24 December 2018, causing a magnitude 3.3 earthquake and the closure of Sicily’s Catania Airport. The Mount Etna observatory said lava had spewed from a new fracture near its south-eastern crater. Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. In June 2013, it was added […]

Haryana to rename CCIs as ‘Jagannath Ashrams’

Haryana to rename CCIs as ‘Jagannath Ashrams’ Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to name all the Child Care Institutes (CCIs) being run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashrams.’ The Chief Minister made the announcement during an event in Karnal. A child care institution as defined under the JJ Act,2015, is a facility recognized under […]

Indias Forex Reserves declined by USD 613.9 million to USD 393.12 billion

Indias Forex Reserves declined by USD 613.9 million to USD 393.12 billion India’s foreign exchange reserves declined in this week by USD 613.9 million reaching USD 393.12 billion.  This decline attributed to the fall. The Forex reserves increased by USD 16.6 million to reach USD 393.734illion in the previous week.

Odisha Government announced Rs. 10,000 Crore Scheme for Farmers Development

Odisha Government announced Rs. 10,000 Crore Scheme for Farmers Development Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced a ₹10,000 crore scheme named Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), which will provide farmers with ₹10,000 a year at the rate of ₹5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi season. Additionally, crop loans of up to ₹50,000 will be interest-free under the scheme.

UAE to give Pakistan USD 3 billion amid financial crisis

UAE to give Pakistan USD 3 billion amid financial crisis United Arab Emirates (UAE) will deposit $3 billion in Pakistan’s central bank to support its financial and monetary policy. The UAE’s support comes amid the current financial crisis in Pakistan. The transfer of 11 billion dirhams (USD 3 billion) by the government-owned Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to State Bank of […]

Jharkhand CM announced Rs 2,250 crore scheme for farmers

Jharkhand CM announced Rs 2,250 crore scheme for farmers Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announced a ₹2,250 crorescheme to help 22.76 lakh small and marginal farmers of the state. Named Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana, the scheme will provide farmers with a yearly financial assistance of ₹5,000 per acre for Kharif crops. The scheme will start from 2019-20 financial year.

UP tops in atrocities by police

UP tops in atrocities by police According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Uttar Pradesh registered 236 cases against police personnel for human rights violations between 2014 and 2016, the highest in the country’s total of 411 such cases during the same period. Uttar Pradesh was followed by Delhi where 63 cases of atrocities by police personnel were registered in the same period. The […]

PM Modi releases Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of ex-PM Vajpayee

PM Modi releases Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of ex-PM Vajpayee On the eve of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a ₹100commemorative coin in the memory of the former premier. The front of the Rs 100 coin features the National Emblem of India along with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ in Devanagari script inscribed below. The reverse […]

ICC asks BCCI to pay Rs 161 crore compensation or lose rights to host 2023 World Cup

ICC asks BCCI to pay Rs 161 crore compensation or lose rights to host 2023 World Cup The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been involved in some legal battles of late. International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to either pay $23 million (Rs 161 crore) by the […]

NGT bans mining within 10 km of Sariska Tiger Reserve

NGT bans mining within 10 km of Sariska Tiger Reserve The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned all mining activities within 10 km of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. The order was issued following a plea challenging the environmental clearance granted to 24 mines within the 10 km radius. The Supreme Court in 2006 had prohibited mining within 1 km of […]

Delhi records 2nd Highest Pollution Level in 2018

Delhi records 2nd Highest Pollution Level in 2018 While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) at ‘severe’ level of 450, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) showed a higher level at 471. This is the second highest pollution level this year. The highest was recorded on […]

A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad

A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in the INCOIS campus at Hyderabad on 22nd December 2018.  Union Minister […]

Indian Railways launches new EMU train with 130 kmph speed

Indian Railways launches new EMU train with 130 kmph speed  Railway passengers will soon get another high-tech train from the stable of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). The new train –Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) –commonly known as an electric train, running at a speed of 130 Kmph is ready for its trial launch. The EMU train with […]

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao field level awareness campaign for Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli launched

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao field level awareness campaign for Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli launched  “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” will be organized in Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli to spread awareness among people to save and educate girls. The Campaign will be organized by the Pune office of Regional Outreach Bureau, Ministry […]

Fifteenth Global SME Business Summit in New Delhi

Fifteenth Global SME Business Summit in New Delhi The 15th edition of a two day Global SME Business Summit was organized by the Ministry of MSME and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Government e-marketplace in New Delhi.  The theme of the event was ‘Building Partnerships through Global Value Chains.’ The agenda of the summit was […]

Nightingale of Assam singer Dipali Borthakur passed away at 77

Nightingale of Assam singer Dipali Borthakur passed away at 77 She was a Padma Shrirecipient in 1998 and was also known as “Asomiya Lata Mangeshkar.” She was honored with The Axiom Srestho by The Telegraph, Silipi Bota (2010) and Aideu Handique Silpi Award (2012) among others.

Seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held in Pune

Seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held in Pune The seven days 37th Senior National Rowing Championship concluded at Army Rowing Node, College of Military Engineering in Pune. The competition consisted of categories of: 2000 meters and 500 meters. It was inaugurated by Lt General Michael Mathews. The Army Team emerged as the champions in 2018 […]

B V P Rao elected as president of Archery Association of India

B V P Rao elected as president of Archery Association of India B V P Rao was elected as the President of Archery Association of India(AAI),the election was held under the Supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi. Maha Singh was elected as secretary of Archery Association of India,D K Vidyarthi was elected as […]

National Consumer Day: 24 December

National Consumer Day: 24 December National Consumer Day is observed in India every year on 24 December. The theme for 2018 National Consumer Day is ‘Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints’. On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President. The Consumer Protection Act aims to provide consumers with effective […]

Vedangi: Fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Vedangi: Fastest Asian to cycle the globe Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She completed the 29,000 kilometers’ distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe. She spent 159 days peddling up to 300 kilometers a day in 14 countries. British adventurer Jenny Graham is the fastest woman to have […]

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV missile

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV missile India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range ‘Agni-IV’ on 23 December 2018. It has a strike range of 4,000 km. The strategic surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On […]

PM announces Sardar Patel Award

PM announces Sardar Patel Award Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced annual ‘Sardar Patel Award for National Integration’ on 22 December 2018. The award was announced by him while addressing the conference of DGPs/IGPs in Gujarat’s Kevadia. The award will be given every year for ‘outstanding efforts’ in the field of furthering national integration.

RBI shortlists Wipro, TCS, 4 others for PCR

RBI shortlists Wipro, TCS, 4 others for PCR The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shortlisted six major IT companies to set up a digital Public Credit Registry (PCR)  The IT companies are TCS, Wipro, IBM India, Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd. PCR will be capturing details of all […]

Manipur passes ‘Anti-mob Violence Bill’

Manipur passes ‘Anti-mob Violence Bill’ Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds charge of the Home Department, moved the ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018’ in the state Assembly. The bill was passed by the Assembly unanimously on 21 December 2018. It recommends a rigorous life imprisonment term if the crime […]

PM to open Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri

PM to open Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri The ‘Buddhist site’ museum was inaugurated at Lalitgiri in Odisha on 24 December 2018. The site is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Lalitgiri, where excavations have yielded ancient seals and inscriptions and have been converted into a museum. It is the 3rd site museum of […]

B V P Rao elected as AAI’s President

B V P Rao elected as AAI’s President B V P Rao was elected as President of the Archery Association of India (AAI) on 22 December 2018. He represented Archery Association of Assam. He is a retired IAS officer of Assam cadre and earlier served as Vice President of the Archery Association of Assam. He […]

India’s first music museum to be set up in TN

India’s first music museum to be set up in TN India’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu. Thiruvaiyaru is the birthplace of Tyagaraja, one of the Trinities of Carnatic music. This was announced by the State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development, K Pandiarajan in […]

Projects worth 15000 crore inaugurated by PM

Projects worth 15000 crore inaugurated by PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated projects worth 15,000 crore rupees in Odisha on 24 December 2018. The projects are related to health, road and highways, higher education, and culture. He also laid the foundation stone for new campus of IIT-Bhubaneswar at Aragul. He also released a commemorative coin […]

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

Burundi names Gitega as new capital Burundi government declared the small central city of Gitega as the country’s new political capital on 22 December 2018. Burundi’s previous capital Bujumbura will function as the country’s economic centre. Cabinet meetings will henceforth be held in Gitega, where five ministries will also be established from the start of […]

Bala Rafique won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’

Bala Rafique won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ Wrestler Bala Rafique Shaikh won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ title on 23 December 2018. He defeated Abhijeet Katke of Pune in the final round. He was honoured with a silver mace and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Maharashtra Kesari is an Indian-style prestigious wrestling championship, established in 1961.

World’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board made

World’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board made Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board by using dynamic DNA origami tiles. DNA origami tiles are microscopic organic structures that can be programmed to transform into predesigned patterns. Earlier, scientists had developed the world’s smallest version of the iconic Mona […]

Real Madrid won the ‘Club World Cup 2018’

Real Madrid won the ‘Club World Cup 2018’ Real Madrid won the ‘FIFA Club World Cup 2018’ in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 December 2018. They defeated Al Ain in the final match. With this win, Real Madrid becomes the first ever to claim three straight Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup. They also […]

Patrick to be acting Defence Secretary

Patrick to be acting Defence Secretary US President Donald Trump appointed Patrick Shanahan as acting Defence Secretary on 23 December 2018. He will take the post from 1 January 2019. He will replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. At present, he is the Deputy Defence Secretary. He was a former executive at the aerospace giant Boeing.

Mahesh & Yash clinch squash tournament titles

Mahesh & Yash clinch squash tournament titles Squash players Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra and Yash Fadte of Goa clinched the men’s and under 19 boys titles respectively in the ‘CCI Western India Squash Championship’ on 23 December 2018. Yash defeated Veer Chotrani of Maharashtra in the under 19 boys final. Mahesh defeated Vikram Malhotra in […]

Railways bags Energy Conservation Awards

Railways bags Energy Conservation Awards The Railways has bagged 17 awards at the ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2018′ on 14 December 2018. It participated in three categories: Railway stations, hospitals, and institutions. Under ‘transport’ category, railways obtained 10 awards for the sub-sector railway station. Under ‘building’ category, it bagged three awards for sub-sector Railway hospitals.

Stamp to commemorate Paika rebellion released

Stamp to commemorate Paika rebellion released On 24 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a stamp and a coin to commemorate the Paika rebellion of 1817 in Odisha. The Paika Rebellion was the first war of Independence against the British. In the early 1800s, the farming community of Odisha had risen in rebellion against […]

Tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

Tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait Tsunami struck coastal towns of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on 22 December 2018. It is thought undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau volcano caused them. The Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra, connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on […]

India lost $86 billion due to power distortion

India lost $86 billion due to power distortion World Bank published the new report titled ‘In the Dark: How Much Do Power Sector Distortions Cost South Asia’. As per the report, distortions in the power sector annually cost India around $86.1 billion or 4.1% of GDP due to power distortions in 2016. It also said […]

Famous classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at 75

Famous classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at 75 Pandit Bhaduri was considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and bhajans. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio andtelevision artiste. Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md […]

Merriam-Webster selects ‘Justice’ as its 2018 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster selects ‘Justice’ as its 2018 Word of the Year Merriam Webster chooses its word of the year based on an increase in traffic and overall volume of traffic. They report “justice” saw a 74 percent increase year over year, taking it higher than other words that might have been “trendy” or “buzzed about.” The word follows […]

Haryana Govt launched mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’

Haryana Govt launched mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’ To help students, HaryanaGovernment has started mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’ which would have all information related to attendance, fee, online admission and scholarships in all government colleges of the state besides having details of lecturers of government colleges and officers of the Directorate.

USA pulls out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

USA pulls out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Russia has confirmed that the United States of America has decided to cancel the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was signed between Russian and the USA in 1987. The USA had already announced the withdrawal decision from the INF treaty in October 2018. The INF Treaty was […]

Three astronauts return from International Space Station

Three astronauts return from International Space Station Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.  A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev from Russia and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency landed on the snow-covered steppes in Kazakhstan.  Russian rescue teams […]

Government authorised 10 agencies to snoop on your computer

Government authorised 10 agencies to snoop on your computer Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has issued an order to 10 central agencies, authorising them to intercept, monitor and decrypt any “information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”. The 10 central agencies include: ♦ Intelligence Bureau, ♦ Narcotics Control Bureau, ♦ National Investigation Agency, ♦ Enforcement Directorate, […]

CMRL to launch mobile app to book a ride

CMRL to launch mobile app to book a ride Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is to soon offer its commuters a facility to book a ride through its mobile app, for travelling to areas around stations. For this project, CMRL has tied up with a firm to offer the service. The firm’s icon for this service will […]

Tripura government plans fresh literacy survey

Tripura government plans fresh literacy survey The Tripura government has planned to conduct a fresh survey on the literacy rate in the State. A survey conducted in 2014 had recorded 95% literacy rate in the State. This survey was conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute. About Tripura: Formation: 21 January 1972 Capital City: Agartala Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki Chief Minister: Biplab Kumar Deb […]

Genetically Modified plant that cleans indoor air

Genetically Modified plant that cleans indoor air Researchers have Genetically Modified (GM) a common indoor plant, golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), to remove pollutants inside the house.  It has been modified to produce a liver enzyme called cytochrome p450 2e1, which is taken from rabbits, that breaks down a wide range of pollutants. The researchers put the modified plant and normal […]

Government approved Mahindras Rs.1,900 crore tourism plan

Government approved Mahindras Rs.1,900 crore tourism plan The Maharashtra State government has approved a film-centric entertainment destination to be developed by the Mahindra Group in Kandivali, with an investment of Rs.1,900 crore in Mumbai. According to a recent Government Resolution (GR), the Bollywood theme-based tourism project will be developed on 82,950.5 sq.m. belonging to the Mahindra Group. Earlier this year, […]

Centre might infuse Rs.2,345 crore more in Air India

Centre might infuse Rs.2,345 crore more in Air India The Centre has sought Parliament’s approval for an additional equity infusion of Rs.2,345 crore for debt-laden Air India (AI)and a separate sum of Rs.1,300 crore for a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which houses the national carrier’s debt and non-core assets.  The SPV, Air India Assets Holding, comprises Rs.29,000 crore of the Rs.55,000 crore debt of AI and the […]

NFAI and FTII Sign MoU For Transfer of Land

NFAI and FTII Sign MoU For Transfer of Land National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for transfer of three acres of land for the construction of storage facility for films and film material. The land belonging to FTII at their Kothrud campus in […]

Union Government Launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

Union Government Launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” to protect and conserve the population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem. The Asiatic Lion Conservation Project is aimed at the conservation and recovery of Asiatic Lion with the help of up […]

150 crores relief to onion growers in Maharashtra

150 crores relief to onion growers in Maharashtra The Maharashtra cabinet approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs 200 per quintal rate for onions sold between November 1 to December 15.  Rs 150 crore compensation comes as a big relief to the onion producing farmers who had to sell their produce at low prices.  The compensation […]

NGT bans mining close to Sariska reserve

NGT bans mining close to Sariska reserve On 22 December 2018, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. It also said that any further mining activity is subject to the clearance of leases by the National Board of Wildlife. The Supreme Court had in […]

India to host the first ever India China Film Festival strengthening the cultural understanding amidst

India to host the first ever India China Film Festival strengthening the cultural understanding amidst A three day India China Film Festival is set to begin in New Delhi from 22nd of December this year culminating on 24th of December. In order to strengthen and deepen cultural understanding between the two countries, the film festival is being […]

GST Council cuts rates on 17 items, 6 services

GST Council cuts rates on 17 items, 6 services The Goods and Services Tax Council has cut rates on 17 items and six types of services during its 31st meeting on 22 December 2018. The GST rate on cinema tickets above ₹100 was cut from 28% to 18% and on tickets up to ₹100 from […]

IFC-IOR inaugurated in Gurugram

IFC-IOR inaugurated in Gurugram India inaugurated an Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) on 22 December 2018. The IFC has been established at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurugram. It will work closely with countries in the India ocean region and will be manned by the Indian Navy. It […]

Gas 2019: Mobile app for global aviation summit launched by Ministry of Aviation and AAI

Gas 2019: Mobile app for global aviation summit launched by Ministry of Aviation and AAI Civil aviation ministry along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) launched an app named ‘GAS 2019’. This app will enable users to interact with the co-delegates and speakers besides providing a platform for networking through personal and group chats. This was […]

India retained highest Aviation Safety Ranking: US Watchdog FAA

India retained highest Aviation Safety Ranking: US Watchdog FAA US regulator Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA) retained the highest aviation safety ranking for India. According to FAA, India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains ‘Category 1’. This ranking was based on an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018.

India & China held ‘People-to-People’ meeting

India & China held ‘People-to-People’ meeting India and China held the first ever meeting of the ‘India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges’. The meeting was held in Delhi on 21 December 2018. The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The meeting aims to […]

WV Raman appointed as India women’s team coach

WV Raman appointed as India women’s team coach Former India opener, W. V. Raman was appointed as the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. Raman was among three recommendations made by the ad-hoc committee of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy. He has represented India in 11 Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals. […]

Consumer Protection Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Consumer Protection Bill passed in Lok Sabha On 20 December 2018, Lok Sabha passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 that seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The Bill enforces consumer rights and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding deficiencies in goods and services. It seeks to establish Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions […]

RBI caps outstanding ECBs at 6.5% of GDP

RBI caps outstanding ECBs at 6.5% of GDP On 20 December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a cap for outstanding stock of External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) at 6.5% of GDP of the country. The outstanding stock of ECB as on 30 September 2018 was $126.29 billion. ECBs refer to commercial loans in […]

All computers now under govt. watch

All computers now under govt. watch The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order authorising 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt ‘any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer’. The MHA gave the authorisation under 69 (1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics […]

Conservation project for lions launched

Conservation project for lions launched The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the ‘Asiatic Lion Conservation Project’ on 20 December 2018. The aim of the project is to protect and conserve the world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem. The project will be funded from the Centrally Sponsored […]

‘SDG India Index’ released by NITI Aayog

‘SDG India Index’ released by NITI Aayog The ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index: Baseline Report 2018’ was released by the NITI Aayog on 21 December 2018. SDG India Index is a comprehensive Index to measure the progress of States /UTs, through a single measurable Index. The First Baseline Report for 2018 was prepared with the […]

India-China Film Festival to begin from 22 Dec

India-China Film Festival to begin from 22 Dec The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organising an ‘India-China Film festival’ from 22 to 24 December 2018. It will be organised during the first ‘India-China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges’. The list of Indian films that will be screened includes ‘Dangal'(Hindi), ‘Maacher Jhol’ (Bengali), and […]

Govt online training programme launched

Govt online training programme launched ‘iGOT’ (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) was launched on 20 December 2018. It was developed by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. It will augment the existing training mechanism, provided to government servants, with online module-based training coupled with certification.

Govt. to infuse Rs 83,000 crore in PSBs

Govt. to infuse Rs 83,000 crore in PSBs The government of India will infuse Rs 83,000 crore in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in the next few months in the current fiscal. The government of India moved the proposal in Parliament for enhanced bank recapitalisation The recapitalisation will enhance the lending capacity of PSBs and help […]

Govt to set up panel to look into tax issues

Govt to set up panel to look into tax issues The government of India will set up an expert committee to look into all the taxation issues being faced by start-ups and angel investors. The committee of experts from IITs and IIMs will make recommendations on individual cases of recognised startups. The notification for the […]

40 workers selected for PM Shram Awards 2017

40 workers selected for PM Shram Awards 2017 On 20 December 2018, the Government of India has decided to confer the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards for the year 2017 to be awarded to 40 workers. They are employed in the Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings of the Central and State Governments and Private Sector […]

Rs 2500 to be deposited in tea workers account

Rs 2500 to be deposited in tea workers account The Assam government has approved the release of the second installment of the ‘Chah Bagicha (tea estate) Dhan Puraskar Mela’. Rs 2500 will be deposit in each bank accounts of tea garden workers that were opened just after the demonetisation in 2016. This amount is the […]

ITCOocean Complex will be inaugurated in Hyd

ITCOocean Complex will be inaugurated in Hyd International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex will be inaugurated in Hyderabad on 22 December 2018. It was established by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It will provide training to scientists/researchers/government officers/disaster managers/decision makers in the areas of ocean science and management.

Meghalaya launches health insurance

Meghalaya launches health insurance Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the ‘Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme’ (MHIS-IV) on 20 December 2018. MHIS-IV is merged with the government of India’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. The MHIS-IV targets to cover more than 8 lakh households offering over 2300 medical and surgical packages and up to Rs 5 lakh per […]

Tembhu irrigation scheme approved by Maha Govt

Tembhu irrigation scheme approved by Maha Govt The Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the ‘Tembhu lift irrigation’ scheme in Satara district. The irrigation project will benefit the drought-prone areas of Satara, Solapur and Sangli districts. The scheme is about constructing barrages on the river Krishna near Tembhu village and lifting […]

EPFO payroll data released

EPFO payroll data released As per the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) payroll data, employment generation in the formal sector nearly trebled to 827,000 in October 2018. Around 7.9 million new subscribers were added to the social security schemes of the EPFO from September 2017 to October 2018. There is a downward revision of 10.81% […]

Haryana to set up Herbal Corporation

Haryana to set up Herbal Corporation On 20 December 2018, Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the setting up of the ‘Haryana Herbal Corporation’. The aim of the corporation is to promote Ayurveda and herbal medicines in the state. It will also act as a catalyst for developing Morni area of the district as […]

Infosys appoints Nilanjan Roy as CFO

Infosys appoints Nilanjan Roy as CFO India’s second largest IT services firm Infosys named Nilanjan Roy as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from 1 March 2019. He replaces interim CFO Jayesh Sanghrajka, who will resume his responsibilities as deputy CFO. Before joining Infosys, he was the Airtel’s global CFO since August 2015. Before Airtel, […]

PM Modi to lay foundation of PHPL

PM Modi to lay foundation of PHPL The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of ‘Paradip Hyderabad Pipeline Product’ Project (PHPL) on 24 December 2018. He will also lay the foundation of Bokaro-Angul section of ‘Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra’ Gas Pipeline Project (PM Urja Ganga) and is being built by the Gas Authority of India […]

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16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History

IPL 2019 Auction: 16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in the youngster Prayas Ray Barman for Rs 1.5 Cr from a base price Rs 20 lakh. Bengal’s 16-year-old leg-spinner Prayas Barman made his professional cricket debut for Bengal in September, taking 11 wickets in nine Vijay Hazare Trophy matches at an economy rate of 4.45.

ISRO launched GSAT 7A to enhance the communication infrastructure of IAF

ISRO launched GSAT 7A to enhance the communication infrastructure of IAF The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launchedGSLV-F11 which carried communication satellite GSAT-7A. The satellite is meant to enhance the communication infrastructure of the Indian Air Force (IAF). In its Mk-II version, the GSLV with the indigenous cryogenic stage carried on board its heaviest satellite that weighed 2,250 kg, […]

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 creates world record for continuous operation

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 creates world record for continuous operation A 220-MW unit of Nuclear Power Corporation of India’s (NPCIL) Kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record for continuous operation for 941 days. The previous world record of 940 days held by Heysham 2 Unit-8 of the United Kingdom. Kaiga Atomic Energy Station is the third greatest nuclear electricity plant in India. […]

Ridleys gathered for mating in Berhampur, Odisha

Ridleys gathered for mating in Berhampur, Odisha As part of their annual mating season, thousands of olive ridleys have assembled near the Rushikulya rookery on the Odisha coast. The forest department has stepped up its patrol in the area to safeguard the turtles. Olive ridley sea turtle: ♦ Species: Lepidochelys olivacea ♦ The olive ridley sea turtle, also […]

President rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from today

President rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from today President’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from 20th December as the Governor’s rule expired in the state on 19th December 2018, after six months. The Centre is learnt to have recommended President’s rule after a report by Governor Satya Pal Malik. Now, President Ram Nath Kovind will have […]

Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill The Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016.The Bill aimed at banning commercial surrogacy to protect women from exploitation. It also proposed to allow only altruistic surrogacy by infertile Indian couples from a “close relative” only. The Surrogacy Bill was approved by the Cabinet in August 2016. It was introduced […]

Global Gender Gap Report 2018: Iceland tops; India ranks 108th

Global Gender Gap Report 2018: Iceland tops; India ranks 108th This year, the Gender Gap Index as released by World Economic Forum (WEF), was topped by Iceland with a score of0.858, holding the top spot in the index for the 10th consecutive year. Norway ranked at 2nd, Sweden at 3rd, and Finland at 4th. India was ranked 108th in the Global Gender […]

India’s largest Cancer hospital ‘National Cancer Institute’ opened in Haryana

India’s largest Cancer hospital ‘National Cancer Institute’ opened in Haryana The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Haryana’s Jhajjar area, opened its OPD (out-patient department) services around five years after its foundation stone was laid by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2014. The hospital is expected to be fully operational by December 2020. The 710-bed hospital is being built […]

PM Modi releases book on renowned cartoonist R.K. Laxman

PM Modi releases book on renowned cartoonist R.K. Laxman Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book “Timeless Laxman“, based on the life and times of legendary cartoonist, the late R.K. Laxman. The book has been penned by cartoonist’s daughter-in-law Usha Srinivas Laxman. He passed away in January 2015 in Pune aged 93.

BORI launched an e library of 1000 rare books in Pune

BORI launched an e library of 1000 rare books in Pune The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI)launched an e-library of ancient religious and historical works. BORI houses one of South Asia’s largest and most invaluable agglomeration of rare manuscripts. Nearly 1,000 rare books and manuscripts in Sanskrit and its related languages are presently available for readers worldwide to savor in […]

Capital First merges with IDFC Bank to create IDFC First Bank

Capital First merges with IDFC Bank to create IDFC First Bank Private sector IDFC Bank and Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) Capital First have announced completion of their merger to create IDFC First Bank. Capital First Founder and Chairman V Vaidyanathan has been appointed Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the merged entity. IDFC Bank Founder, MD and CEO Rajiv Lall will serve […]

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigns

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigns He has resigned amid pressure on his government over his support for the UN global pact on migration. Michel, 42, took office in October 2014 after forming a right-wing coalition, becoming at 38 the country’s youngest prime minister since 1841.

NASAs first flight to the moon marks its 50th anniversary

NASAs first flight to the moon marks its 50th anniversary NASA’s first flight to the moon to mark its 50th anniversary. On December 21, 1968, three men, commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, flew to the moon in Apollo 8 for the first time in human history. To this day, the mission is considered NASA’s boldest […]

Japanese scientists detected the evidence of water in 17 asteroids

Japanese scientists detected the evidence of water in 17 asteroids For the first time, Japanese scientists have detected evidence of water in 17 asteroids using data from the infrared satellite AKARI. Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and University of Tokyo found that water is retained in asteroids as hydrated minerals, which were produced by chemical reactions of water and anhydrous rocks that […]

Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018

Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018 Late Pakistan lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir was announced as one of the four winners of the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. Her daughter Munizae Jahangirreceived the prestigious award on behalf of her mother. Other winners included: ♦ Women’s rights activist in Tanzania – Rebeca Gyumi; ♦ […]

Study says flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought

Study says flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought Researchers have identified a fossil plant species that shows flowers bloomed in the Early Jurassic, more than 174 million years ago. Before now, angiosperms (flowering plants) were thought to have a history of no more than 130 million years. Researchers named the fossil plant species Nanjinganthus dendrostyla.  The discovery of the novel flower species throws widely accepted […]

Four public sector banks may come out of PCA

Four public sector banks may come out of PCA Four public sector banks that were under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), may come out of the restrictions following an improved performance. The 4 banks are Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank, Allahabad Bank and Bank of India. This follows a review of […]

Pranab K Das is new Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman

Pranab K Das is new Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman Senior bureaucrat Pranab Kumar Das has been appointed as Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes. He will succeed S. Ramesh, who superannuates on December. The CBIC is headed by the Chairman and consists […]

Vogo partners with Ola

Vogo partners with Ola Vogo, a scooter sharing start-up, has partnered with Ola, the ride-hailing company. Ola will boost Vogo’s supply by investing in 1,00,000 scooters on the Vogo platform, worth $100 million. Vogo’s offerings will also be available for Ola’s customer base of over 150 million, directly from the Ola app. Every Vogo scooter comes with […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Various Development Projects In Maharashtra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Various Development Projects In Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched infrastructure and housing projects worth aboutRs 41,000 crore in Maharashtra.  During his day-long visit to the state, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for two important metro corridors at a public meeting in Kalyan (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro). […]

Jammu and Kashmir Becomes first State To Bring Law Against Sextortion

Jammu and Kashmir Becomes first State To Bring Law Against Sextortion Jammu and Kashmirbecome the first state in the country to enact a law banning sexual exploitation of women “by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant”, Under Section 354E of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Any person committing the […]

IPL 2019 Auction

IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players A total of 60 players were sold out of the 351, where 40 were Indians (Capped and Uncapped) and a total of 20 overseas players were sold. Kings XI Punjab spent ₹32.5 crore and bought the most number of players (13) in the auction, while Chennai Super Kings spent ₹5.2 crore to fill […]

Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu

Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu For the first time ever, the vaccine was delivered commercially by drone to a one-month-old Joy Nowai in a remote island in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu. The vaccine delivery covered almost 40 kilometers of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon’s Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing […]

Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist

Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.  This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. A […]

Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record

Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record Apoorva Chaudhary, the 28-year old ultra runner from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, created a national record by completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event at the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held at New Delhi under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India. The previous record of 175.4 km was set […]

Thirty Seventh Senior National Rowing Championship Begins in Pune

Thirty Seventh Senior National Rowing Championship Begins in Pune The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship began in the Army Rowing Node in Pune.  Around 500 rowers and coaches from various rowing associations across the country are taking part in the Championship. The Rowers for the World Championships-2019 will be selected from this event. 

Deepika Padukone named top Indian star of 2018 by IMDb

Deepika Padukone named top Indian star of 2018 by IMDb The ‘2018 Top 10 Stars of Indian Cinema’ list, based on global film and TV website Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) ‘StarMeter’ stats and page views, was released. Shah Rukh Khan was second on the list, followed by Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Pakistan releases Hamid Nahal Ansari from jail after six years

Pakistan releases Hamid Nahal Ansari from jail after six years Pakistan government released Hamid Nehal Ansari from the jail after six years. Ansari entered India this evening via Wagah-Attari border. The 33-year-old Ansari was caught in Pakistan by intelligence agencies in 2012.   He went to meet the woman an online friend in Pakistan when the […]

India again postpones levying retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products to Jan 31

India again postpones levying retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products to Jan 31 India has deferred imposing higher duties worth $235 millionon 29 American goods to January 31, 2019. The retaliatory tariffs were scheduled to come into effect on December 17 and have been postponed for the fourth time. India had said it will raise tariffs on US goods […]

Sonam Kapoor named India’s Person of the Year by PETA

Sonam Kapoor named India’s Person of the Year by PETA Actress Sonam Kapoor has been named India’s Person of the Year for 2018, by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her animal advocacy efforts. Kapoor was named PETA India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the […]

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 9533 crore in Arunachal Pradesh

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 9533 crore in Arunachal Pradesh Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay the foundation of various projects worth over 9,500 Crore Rupees in separate events in Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Gadkari will inaugurate bridges across Dibang and Lohit River System, including approach road between Chowkham-Digaru. He […]

Cabinet approves Two new AIIMS in Tamil Nadu and Telangana

Cabinet approves Two new AIIMS in Tamil Nadu and Telangana  The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Tamil Nadu’s AIIMS will be set at Madurai and Telangana’s will be set at Bibinagar at the cost of ₹1,264 crore and ₹1,028 crore respectively. Each will add 100 Undergraduate (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc […]

Goa celebrates 57th Liberation Day

Goa celebrates 57th Liberation Day Goa was liberated from around 450 years of Portuguese rule on 19th December 1961.  At the state-level Goa Liberation Day programme to be held in Panaji in North Goa, speaker of Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant will unfurl the tricolor, address the gathering and review the parade.  School students will […]

WPSI reported that 460 leopards died in India this year

WPSI reported that 460 leopards died in India this year Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) reported that 460 leopards died in India in 2018. It recorded the highest mortality rate of the particular big cat species across the country in the past four years. According to official records, the highest leopard mortality rate was recorded in Uttarakhand with 93 […]

Assam government approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver

Assam government approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver According to the Assam government scheme, it will write off 25 per cent loan of farmers up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 of all farm debts. The waiver will be for all the loans taken through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and from PSU banks. The cabinet also approved subsidy up to Rs […]

Jaipur wax museum unveils Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statue

Jaipur wax museum unveils Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statue Jaipur Wax Museum, situated at Nahargarh Fort, marked its second anniversary by unveiling a wax statue of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Weighing 56 kg, of which 19 kg is wax and the rest is fibre, the statue is five feet and nine inches tall, and is designed by sculptor […]

Farout, the most distant solar system object ever seen

Farout, the most distant solar system object ever seen Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun. The new object has been nicknamed Farout. Earlier, 2018 VG18, the object is the first to be observed at a distance of more than 100 astronomical units […]

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights 10 years after hotel bombing

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights 10 years after hotel bombing British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan from June next year after an over 10-year absence following the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, which killed 54 people. At present, only loss-making national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flies directly from Pakistan to Britain. Pakistan was formed at […]

Nasscom partners with IIT Madras for skill development

Nasscom partners with IIT Madras for skill development Nasscom, IT industry body, announced its partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras for reskilling students and employees in the Information Technology sector and IT-enabled Services (ITeS). The partnership is aimed at building an able workforce to support the industry and other stakeholders. Nasscom aims to get India accelerated on […]

RGUHS to procure anti plagiarism software

RGUHS to procure anti plagiarism software The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS)announced that it has decided to procure anti-plagiarism software. The move is after it stumbled upon cases of students copy pasting articles as part of their thesis. It said that all thesis and dissertations submitted by students will be checked for plagiarism. The university, however, […]

Centre appoints Madhavi Divan as ASG

Centre appoints Madhavi Divan as ASG The Central government-appointed advocate Madhavi Divan as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India. Divan will represent the government in the Supreme Court. She is the third woman who has been appointed as ASG in the apex court. Senior advocate Indira Jaising was the first woman to be appointed […]

Jeff Bridges will be awarded ‘Cecil B deMille’

Jeff Bridges will be awarded ‘Cecil B deMille’ Veteran actor Jeff Bridges will receive the ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award 2018 at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. The ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the world of entertainment. Bridges’ first Golden Globe nomination […]

IAF tested flight using blended Bio-Jet fuel

IAF tested flight using blended Bio-Jet fuel In a first, experimental test pilot and test engineer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew an ‘An-32’ military transport aircraft using blended bio-jet fuel on 17 December 2018. The project is a combined effort of IAF, DRDO, Directorate General Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), and CSIR-Indian Institute of […]

CCEA approves extending Ujjwala LPG scheme

CCEA approves extending Ujjwala LPG scheme On 17 December 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the expansion of beneficiaries list under ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana’. The scheme, launched in 2016, originally targeted giving LPG connections to mostly rural women members of below the poverty line (BPL) households. The list was later expanded to […]

Uday Shankar elected Vice-President of FICCI

Uday Shankar elected Vice-President of FICCI Uday Shankar became the Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the year 2018-19. He is currently the President of 21st Century Fox, Asia, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Star India. He was also appointed as Chairman of Star and […]

MoU with Afghanistan on education approved

MoU with Afghanistan on education approved The Union cabinet approved the MoU with Afghanistan in the field of education which will allow students from that country to use courses devised in India. It will facilitate students and faculty of educational institutions in Afghanistan to register and use the SWAYAM courses. SWAYAM is a government of […]

India and Maldives signed agreements

India and Maldives signed agreements India and Maldives inked four pacts including in the areas of cooperation in culture, agribusiness and information technology, and for easy facilitation of visas on 17 December 2018. The pact will also facilitate easier visa arrangements for Maldivian citizens and their families to come to India for medical treatment. India […]

CCEA approves setting up of tribal schools

CCEA approves setting up of tribal schools The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribals. The schools will be set up in every block with more than 50% Scheduled Tribes population and at least 20,000 tribal persons. It has also approved the […]

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 created world record

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 created world record A 220-MW unit of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s (NPCIL) Kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record for continuous operation for 941 days. The previous world record of 940 days held by ‘Heysham 2’ Unit-8 of the United Kingdom. Earlier in October 2018, the unit surpassed […]

France to introduce tax on internet firms

France to introduce tax on internet firms France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from 1 January 2019. The name of the tax is ‘GAFA tax’ which was named after Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The aim of imposing the tax is to ensure that the global giants pay a […]

International Migrants Day: 18 December

International Migrants Day: 18 December International Migration Day is observed every year on 18 December. The aim of the day is to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. The theme for 2018 is ‘Migration with Dignity’. On this day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights […]

Transgender bill passed in Lok Sabha

Transgender bill passed in Lok Sabha On 17 November 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill’, 2016. The bill seeks to empower the transgender community by providing them with a separate identity. The bill also seeks to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them. The bill was introduced in the […]

Cabinet gives nod to law amendment for Aadhaar

Cabinet gives nod to law amendment for Aadhaar The Cabinet approved amending the two existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts. The Telegraph Act is being amended to provide legal backing for the issuance of mobile SIMs through Aadhaar. The amendment to the Prevention […]

‘Period. End of Sentence’ in Oscars

‘Period. End of Sentence’ in Oscars ‘Period. End of Sentence’ has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. India’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, […]

Most-distant object ever discovered

Most-distant object ever discovered Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. The new object was given the provisional designation of ‘2018 VG18’ and nicknamed ‘Farout’. It is located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun. ‘2018 VG18’ is located about 120 astronomical units (AU) from earth. 1 […]

PM releases the book ‘Timeless Laxman’

PM releases the book ‘Timeless Laxman’ The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the coffee table book ‘Timeless Laxman’ on 18 December 2018. The book is based on the famous cartoonist RK Laxman. RK Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation ‘The Common Man’ and for his daily cartoon […]

Ramayana Circuit: 15 Destinations identified

Ramayana Circuit: 15 Destinations identified As per the Tourism Ministry, fifteen destinations have been identified for development under the Ramayana Circuit. Ramayana Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the ministry. Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur, & Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is among the destinations identified for […]

Cabinet approves establishment of 2 new AIIMS

Cabinet approves establishment of 2 new AIIMS The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Bibinagar, Telangana. The AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Establishment of new AIIMS involves creation of Hospital, Teaching Block for medical […]

PM Modi launched projects in Maharashtra

PM Modi launched projects in Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch infrastructure and housing projects worth around 41,000 crores rupees in Maharashtra on 18 December 2018. He also laid the foundation stone for two important metro corridors: Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro in Thane district. He also launched mass housing scheme for economically weaker sections.

Zaheer is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket

Zaheer is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket On 18 December 2018, Mumbai Indians appointed former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan as their director of cricket operations. He represented Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009, 2010 and 2014. He took 29 wickets in 30 matches for the franchise. The Mumbai Indians is a franchise cricket team […]

Global telecom to set up research centre in Bengaluru

Global telecom to set up research centre in Bengaluru Global telecom, British Telecommunications giant, said it plans to set up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science. The British Telecom Indian Research Centre will focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies for use in the company’s programmes, products, and services.  The […]

Star India chairman Uday Shankar elected Vice President of FICCI

Star India chairman Uday Shankar elected Vice President of FICCI Uday Shankar  is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber – The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become the […]

Fresh bill introduced in Lok Sabha to make triple talaq penal offence

Fresh bill introduced in Lok Sabha to make triple talaq penal offence The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Bill, despite opposition from Congress member Shashi Tharoor. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will […]

Jharkhand gets Krishi Karman award in rice category

Jharkhand gets Krishi Karman award in rice category The Union Ministry of Agriculture had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category. The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As a gesture of […]

Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu

Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar and veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey were selected for the Best Parliamentarians award. Four women MPs from both Houses were also be awarded for their contribution. […]

IHCL signed for construction of a second Taj hotel in Lucknow

IHCL signed for construction of a second Taj hotel in Lucknow Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL), Tata group’s hospitality arm, has signed an agreement for construction of a second Taj branded hotel in Lucknow. The new hotel is to come up in partnership with Luxus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. The Taj branded hotel will be located at Vibhuti Khand, […]

Tata Steel bags Prime Ministers Trophy for the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant for the year 2016-17

Tata Steel bags Prime Ministers Trophy for the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant for the year 2016-17 Tata Steel Limited had been declared as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance year 2016-17 making it the fourth consecutive year for Tata Steel […]

Amazon India signed MoU with FISME

Amazon India signed MoU with FISME to empower MSME sector Amazon India partnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) to encourage MSMEs to sell products online through e-commerce. Amazon.in will collaborate with FISME to conduct various events and workshops across the country to educate MSME. B2C exports to enable them […]

New generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise

OBOPAY Card: new generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise customers launched by OBOPAY, Federal Bank and MasterCard  OBOPAY, the global financial technology company, announced the launch of a new generation pre-payment instrument called- OBOPAY Card-in partnership with Federal Bank and Mastercard. It is built as a one-stop solution that facilitates easy disbursements and payments by enterprises. The […]

Indias first private UAV factory

Indias first private UAV factory inaugurated in Hyderabad  India‘s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was inaugurated by Telangana’s Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad, Telangana. The 50,000 square feet facility has been built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems.

India signs bilateral annual Haj agreement with Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage next year

India signs bilateral annual Haj agreement with Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage next year Haj agreement 2019 was signed between India and Saudi Arabia by Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and Haj and Umrah Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This year more […]

‘ECO Niwas Samhita 2018’ launched

‘ECO Niwas Samhita 2018’ launched The Ministry of Power launched ‘ECO Niwas Samhita 2018’ on 14 December 2018. It is an Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R). The objective is to benefit the occupants and environment by promoting energy efficiency in the design and construction of homes, apartments and townships. The Code is […]

Ashok Gehlot will be the CM of Rajasthan

Ashok Gehlot will be the CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot will be the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan while Sachin Pilot will be Deputy Chief Minister. Ashok Gehlot will be the fourth leader to become chief minister of Rajasthan for the third time. He has been the Chief Minister of the state from 1998-2003 and […]

Ramphal Pawar appointed as Director of NCRB

Ramphal Pawar appointed as Director of NCRB The government of India appointed Ramphal Pawar as Director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). He is the former Joint Secretary of NATGRID. He is the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from West Bengal cadre. NCRB​ is an Indian government agency responsible for collecting and analysing crime data as […]

ICC ropes in Royal Stag as official sponsor

ICC ropes in Royal Stag as official sponsor The International Cricket Council (ICC) has roped in Royal Stag as the official sponsor for the next five years. The partnership, which runs through 2023, will cover international events, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup and ICC World Test Championship. ICC currently also […]

Loan agreement signed between India and ADB

Loan agreement signed between India and ADB India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $60 million loan agreement on 13 December 2018. The loan aims to continue financing riverbank protection works, renovation of flood embankments and community-based flood risk management activities in critically flood-prone areas along the Brahmaputra river in Assam. The loan is […]

Amitav Ghosh honoured with ‘Jnanpith Award’

Amitav Ghosh honoured with ‘Jnanpith Award’ Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with the ‘Jnanpith Award’ 2018 for outstanding contribution towards literature. The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray. He is known for a series of novels such as […]

India’s first private UAV factory inaugurated

India’s first private UAV factory inaugurated India’ first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) opened at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad. The Adani Aerospace Park facility has been built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems. The facility will develop ‘Hermes 900’ medium altitude long-endurance UAVs for the Indian and global […]

Chiefs of IB and RAW gets six months extension

Chiefs of IB and RAW gets six months extension The Chiefs of Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing Rajiv Jain and Anil K Dhasmana respectively got extensions of six months each on 14 December 2018. The decision to extend the tenure of the two intelligence chiefs by six months was taken due to the […]

1st Workshop on Explosives Detection held

1st Workshop on Explosives Detection held The first National Workshop on Explosives Detection was inaugurated at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune on 14 December 2018. A trace explosive detection device, ‘OPX-Revelator’, developed by HEMRL was also unveiled during the workshop. The OPX Revelator is a portable, miniaturised, an electronic detector capable of […]

Ashok Kumar Singh assumes charge of secretary

Ashok Kumar Singh assumes charge of secretary Ashok Kumar Singh has assumed charge as Secretary of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on 14 December 2018. Dr Nand Kumar Sai is the chairperson of NCST. He is the former Additional Secretary of Lok Sabha Secretariat. NCST investigates and monitors all matters relating to the safeguards provided for […]

Women Transforming India Awards 2018

Women Transforming India Awards 2018 Government think-tank NITI Aayog will organise the 3rd edition of the ‘Women Transforming India Awards’ 2018 on 16 December 2018. It will also launch the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will present the awards and launch the portal. The awards were instituted to recognise […]

1st state to have a law banning ‘sextortion’

1st state to have a law banning ‘sextortion’ Jammu and Kashmir have become the first state in the country to have a law banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant. The State Administrative Council approved the amendment of ‘Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, […]

SEBI eases norms for cyber security operations

SEBI eases norms for cyber security operations Market regulator SEBI relaxed guidelines pertaining to setting up cyber security operations centre for small market intermediaries as they lack knowledge in cyber security. Under the new framework, small intermediaries can utilise services of market security operations center (SOC). The SOCs is proposed to be set up by […]

India Post introduces internet banking service

India Post introduces internet banking service India Post launched internet banking services for all the Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) account holders on 14 December 2018. India Post has introduced the net banking facility to push the digital payments. Under India Post internet banking facility, customers will be eligible to transfer funds from one post […]

Indian currency banned by Nepal government

Indian currency banned by Nepal government The Nepal government banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations. The Indian currency is extensively used by Nepalese people and businesses for their savings and transactions. India is Nepal’s largest trade partner and supplies the majority of its consumer goods.

CDAC & France’s Atos signed Rs 4.5-bn deal

CDAC & France’s Atos signed Rs 4.5-bn deal India’s Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and France’s IT services company Atos signed a three-year industrial contract for designing, building and installing the ‘BullSequana’. ‘BullSequana’ is the high-performance supercomputer. This contract has been awarded to Atos under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

OBOPAY partners with Federal Bank & Mastercard

OBOPAY partners with Federal Bank & Mastercard Global financial technology company, OBOPAY, announced the launch of a new generation pre-payment instrument in partnership with Federal Bank and Mastercard. The OBOPAY card can be availed by all the business entities including corporate, distributor – retailer ecosystem, colleges, factories etc. The card includes ‘Split transaction’ feature which provides […]

Hubble discovers a vanishing planet

Hubble discovers a vanishing planet Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a planet roughly the size of Neptune, evaporating at a rate 100 times faster than a previously identified exoplanet of similar size. The name of the planet is ‘GJ 3470b’. GJ 3470b is 96 light-years away from earth and circles a red […]

Delhi Police launches ‘Prahari’ scheme

Delhi Police launches ‘Prahari’ scheme Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik launched the ‘Prahari’ scheme in the southwest district of Delhi on 14 December 2018. The aim of the scheme is to prevent crime and maintain law and order. Under the scheme, civic personnel such as chowkidars and security guards, deployed in commercial and VIP areas, will […]

Railways offers 25% discount

Railways offers 25% discount The railways will give a discount of 25% on the extant haulage rate per Twenty Feet Equivalent Unit (TEU) on the transport of empty containers as well as empty flat container wagons. It is expected to enhance the efficient handling of traffic at ports and attract a larger share of container […]

INDRA NAVY: the bilateral maritime exercise between indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy exercises held in Visakhapatnam

INDRA NAVY: the bilateral maritime exercise between indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy exercises held in Visakhapatnam The 10th Edition of the bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) started at Visakhapatnam. The Maritime exercise will conclude on December 16. The Primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst […]

President arrives in Gorakhpur on a two day visit

President arrives in Gorakhpur on a two day visit President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on a two-day visit. During his visit, he will grace the Founder’s Week Celebrations ofMaharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad in Gorakhpur. He will also offer puja at the sanctum of the Gorakhnath temple and meet representatives of the […]

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurate Kannur international Airport

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurate Kannur international Airport Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu jointly inaugurated the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL). KIAL is the fourth international airport in the state. The other three are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode and with the commissioning of KIAL, […]

Shalindra Kumar is appointed as CEO of Jammu and Kashmir

Shalindra Kumar is appointed as CEO of Jammu and Kashmir Shalindra Kumar will take over as the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir on 12th December 2018. He will be replacing the incumbent Shaleen Kabra. His office will take effect a day after the completion of the ongoing nine-phased panchayat polls in the State. […]

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit Afghanistan on 15th December

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit Afghanistan on 15th December Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he is to visit Afghanistan on December 15. He said he intends to hold talks with top Afghan leaders on political reconciliation and durable peace. His announcement comes after U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter to Prime […]

Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World

Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crownedMiss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors […]

Priyanka Chopra and 3 other Indians among world’s 100 most powerful women: Forbes

Priyanka Chopra and 3 other Indians among world’s 100 most powerful women: Forbes HCL Tech Vice Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra (ranked 51st), Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (ranked 60), HT Media MD Shobhana Bhartia (ranked 88th), and actress Priyanka Chopra (placed at 94) have been named in Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. The list, […]

Indias first underwater museum to open off Puducherry coast in INS Cuddalore

Indias first underwater museum to open off Puducherry coast in INS Cuddalore Indian Navyagreed to gift INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned Pondicherry-class vessel, to the Union territory of Puducherry for the creation of country’s first underwater museum. The 60 m long and 12 m wide vessel was decommissioned in March 2018 after sailing 13000 nautical miles. […]

Around 5,000 migratory birds flock in J&K’s Gharana wetland

Around 5,000 migratory birds flock in J&K’s Gharana wetland Around 5,000 migratory birds have arrived at Gharana Wetland Conservation Reserve along the International border in the outskirts of Jammu. It is located about 30 km from Jammu, Gharana is surrounded by wetlands of Makwal, Kukdian, Abdullian and Pargwal where more than 170 resident and migratory […]

India’s Prathamesh Maulingkar wins Mister Supranational 2018

India’s Prathamesh Maulingkar wins Mister Supranational 2018 A professional footballer, Prathamesh clinched the main title for India the very first time and was sashed by Gabriel Correa Mister Supranational 2017 and he received the trophy from Miss Supranational 2018 Valeria Vazquez. At the same pageant Mister Supranational Poland Jakub Kucner was adjudged first runner up. […]

Salman, Anurag Kashyap win at Asian Academy Creative Awards

Salman, Anurag Kashyap win at Asian Academy Creative Awards Salman Khan won the Best Entertainment Host for ‘Bigg Boss‘, and Anurag Kashyap won the Best Direction[Fiction] for season one of ‘Sacred Games’ at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore. Other winners from India included Discovery Communications India, which got Best Comedy Programme for […]

India to retain top position in remittances with USD 80 billion

India to retain top position in remittances with USD 80 billion:World Bank The World Bank has said India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with $80 billion. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and Egypt, according to World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief. A foreign remittance […]

Railways launched new Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train

Railways launched new Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train Indian Railways flagged off the new Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train from New Delhi’s SafdarjungRailway Station. The 12-coach train consists of a mini library, foot massager, touch-less taps and individual lockers, among others. The train will cover destinations associated with Lord Buddha’s life, including Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Lumbini, and […]

Allahabad University to be renamed as Prayagraj State University

Allahabad University to be renamed as Prayagraj State University In October 2018, the Uttar Pradesh government had officially renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. A formal proposal has now been sent to the state’s Governor seeking his approval to rename Allahabad University as Prayagraj State University.

PNB to sell 24 bad loan accounts to recover Rs 1,779 crore dues

PNB to sell 24 bad loan accounts to recover Rs 1,779 crore dues The accounts, whose e-bidding process will take place on December 21, are majorly concentrated in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata zones of the lender. Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) gross bad loans stood at ₹81,250 crore in the July-September quarter. The bank posted a […]

Kerala gets its 4th international airport in Kannur

Kerala gets its 4th international airport in Kannur Kerala’s fourth international airport at Kannur (north Kerala) was inaugurated jointly by Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by flagging off the maiden Air India Express flight to Abu Dhabi. International flights to the UAE, Oman and Qatarwill be operated from Kannur […]

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected leader of Germany’s ruling party, to succeed Angela Merkel

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected leader of Germany’s ruling party, to succeed Angela Merkel Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as its new leader. She likely will lead the CDU into the 2021 federal elections and could become the country’s next Chancellor. She narrowly won the party contest […]

RBI Governor Urjit Patel quits citing personal reasons

RBI Governor Urjit Patel quits citing personal reasons Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post today citing personal reasons, effective immediately. Urjit Patel was appointed governor of RBI in 2016 and had about one more year left in his term.

Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World

Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crownedMiss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors […]

Sixteenth International Anti-Corruption Day celebrated on December 9, 2018

Sixteenth International Anti-Corruption Day celebrated on December 9, 2018 The day has been celebrated since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption. UN along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a global […]

Professor Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018

Professor Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 Rattan Lal, a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management. […]

Cabinet approved the Agriculture Export Policy

Cabinet approved the Agriculture Export Policy Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the Union Cabinet approved the Agriculture Export Policy. The policy aims at increasing India’s exports to $60 billion by 2022 from the current $37 billion. The objectives of the policy are, apart from doubling farmers’ income, to diversify the export basket and destinations, […]

Centre approved SCord to tackle smuggling

Centre approved SCord to tackle smuggling In an attempt to tackle smuggling, the Central government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). All the border agencies like BSF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, SSB and Coast Guards would be the members of SCord, which will help India to formulate a […]

Pune District Court becomes first in India to accept e-payments

Pune District Court becomes first in India to accept e-payments After the approval of the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, a pilot project for e-payments of court fee, judicial deposits, fines and penalties is slated to start from the Pune District Court complex in Shivajinagar on December 15. This will be the first […]

Study says Cyberattacks cost big firms in India USD 10.3 mn on an average

Study says Cyberattacks cost big firms in India USD 10.3 mn on an average Frost and Sullivan study commissioned by Microsoft said that a large-sized organization in India incurs an average of $10.3 million in economic losses due to cyberattacks. It also said cyberattacks cost a mid-sized organisation an average of $11,000 in economic losses. […]

Maharashtra CM launched ‘SMART’ initiative

Maharashtra CM launched ‘SMART’ initiative In a bid to transform rural Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a unique initiative called “SMART“, which stands for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation. The project will entail an investment of 300 million US dollars of which World Bank would contribute 210 million US dollars. Almost […]

NASA’s ‘OSIRIS-REx’ reached asteroid Bennu

NASA’s ‘OSIRIS-REx’ reached asteroid Bennu NASA’s ‘Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer’ (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at the asteroid named ‘Bennu’ on 3rd December 2018. The spacecraft’s mission involves a close-up survey of the asteroid Bennu. It is the part of NASA’s New Frontiers Programme. ‘OSIRIS-REx’ was launched in September 2016.

Gowda said the Govt is to clear fertiliser subsidy arrears of Rs 10K crore by March

Gowda said the Govt is to clear fertiliser subsidy arrears of Rs 10K crore by March Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Sadananda Gowda said that the fertilizer subsidy arrears to the industry have come down by 75% to Rs.10,000 crore in the last four years and the outstanding amount is expected to be cleared by […]

Rs 3,719 cr assistance given to Kerala, Nagaland, Andhra

Rs 3,719 cr assistance given to Kerala, Nagaland, Andhra From the National Disaster Response Fund, Rs 3,048.39 crore will be provided to Kerala, Rs 131.16 crore to Nagaland and Rs 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh, that were affected by floods, landslides and cyclone over the past few months. The decision was taken in a committee […]

COSEWIC warned that the polar bear are at the risk of disappearing

COSEWIC warned that the polar bear are at the risk of disappearing Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) experts warned that the polar bear, Canada’s largest land predator, is at the risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape. The reason has been cited as the melting Arctic sea ice makes […]

Exim Bank Extends USD 500 mn Loan To Tanzania

Exim Bank Extends USD 500 mn Loan To Tanzania Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) extended a credit facility of USD 500 million to Tanzania for water supply projects in the country. Exim Bank signed an agreement in May 2018, with the Tanzania government for making available a Government of India-supported line of credit of […]

Italy Wins Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta 2018

Italy Wins Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta 2018 The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral’s Cup 2018.

Startup India venture capital summit 2018

Startup India venture capital summit 2018 to be held in Goa from December 7 The annual ‘startup India Venture Capital Summit’, a joint initiative by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and the government of Goa is set to begin in Goa on Friday, Dec 7, 2018. Startup India […]

Madhya Pradesh Tourism first in Asia hosts AdventureNext 18

Madhya Pradesh Tourism first in Asia hosts AdventureNext 18 Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to recruit over one thousand male and female Home Guards in the State. He also approved increase allocation in the welfare fund for the dependents of the Home Guards soldiers, who sacrificed their lives on duty.

Uttarakhand CM announces to recruit over 1,000 Home Guards Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to recruit over one thousand male and female Home Guards in the State. He also approved increase allocation in the welfare fund for the dependents of the Home Guards soldiers, who sacrificed their lives on duty.

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free, implementing the move in 2020. The move is aimed at addressing environmental issues and the problem of traffic congestion. Earlier this year, Luxembourg introduced free transport for all people under the age of 20.

IndiGo becomes first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet

IndiGo becomes first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet Four new aircraft have joined the fleet, including two Airbus A320 ceo (VT-IKA and VT-IKB) and two A320 neo (VT IZK AND VT-IZI), taking the fleet count to 200 and number of deliveries to 226. IndiGo currently offers over 1,200 flights to 63 domestic destinations, which include 49 domestic and […]

Scientists discovered over 100 new exoplanets using NASAs Kepler Space Telescope

Scientists discovered over 100 new exoplanets using NASAs Kepler Space Telescope Using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and the ground-based observatories, the NASA scientists have discovered a cache over 100 new exoplanets. The diverse planets are expected to play a large role in developing the research field of exoplanets and life in the Universe. Exoplanets revolve around stars other […]

Bahrain and Maharashtra Government signed MoU on fintech

Bahrain and Maharashtra Government signed MoU on fintech  The Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Government to provide a framework for Co-operation between the two authorities to promote FinTech in their respective markets. The MoU is in line with the EDB’s aims of exploring greater synergies between […]

NGTdirected DDA to submit factual report

NGTdirected DDA to submit factual report The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to submit a factual report on the city residents’ alleging encroachment on government land in Delhi’s Haiderpur. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the DDA to look into and take necessary steps in the matter, and furnish a factual […]

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates All India Police Shooting Competition 2018 at Manesar

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates All India Police Shooting Competition 2018 at Manesar Minister of State for Home  Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the 19th All India Police (AIPDM) Shooting Competition-2018 at Manesar, Gurugram in Haryana.  The competition will continue till 11th of this month.  More than 750 participants of 31 teams of State Police Forces and Central Armed Police […]

India opposes move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province

India opposes move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth provinceP India voiced strong opposition to Pakistan’s reported move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province.  The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been and shall remain part of India. India has called upon Pakistan to vacate all occupied territory.

IIT Delhi launched the Centre for Technology and Policing

IIT Delhi launched the Centre for Technology and Policing The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi(IIIT-D), New Delhi launched the Centre for Technology and Policing. It aimed at strengthening the Delhi Police by providing the latest technology in the field of crime prevention and control. Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal inaugurated the Centre. The research activities at the Centre will help […]

Delhi government launched One card for ease of commute on metro, buses

Delhi government launched One card for ease of commute on metro, buses  Delhi government announced the launch of a common mobility card called ‘One’,with a tagline of ‘One Delhi One Ride’, for the easy commute on public transport. It was launched by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot andDelhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh. This […]

RBI to inject Rs.10,000 crore through OMO on 6th December

RBI to inject Rs.10,000 crore through OMO on 6th December The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it will be injecting Rs.10,000 crore into the system through the purchase of government securities on December 6 to increase liquidity. RBI’s decision is based on an assessment of prevailing liquidity conditions. The purchase will be made through Open Market Operations (OMOs). The OMO operation will […]

IRDAI proposes changes in registration norms for insurance marketing firms

IRDAI proposes changes in registration norms for insurance marketing firms  Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) proposed to relax norms for registration of Insurance Marketing Firms (IMFs) with an aim to improve the penetration of insurance products in the country. The IRDAI formed a panel headed by Suresh Mathur, Executive Director (insurance marketing firms), IRDAI, with […]

World Soil Day is observed on 5 December

World Soil Day is observed on 5 December  World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the regional offices and through national and local events. #StopSoilPollution is the objective of this World Soil Day on 5 December and throughout the year.

Saavn Media launched JioSaavn

Saavn Media launched JioSaavn Saavn Media Private Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), launched JioSaavn. This launch signals the official integration of JioMusic and Saavn. It will be available across all app stores. RIL acquired Saavn Media in March and the implied valuation of the combined entity stands at over $1 billion. JioSaavn combines the streaming […]

Ada Hegerberg won the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or

Ada Hegerberg won the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or Olympique Lyonnais striker Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to be awarded a Ballon d’Or at a grand ceremony in Paris. The 23-year-old was announced the first ever winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or by former France international player David Ginola before she gave an inspiring speech encouraging more girls […]

Electric vehicles launched at Nandi Hills

Electric vehicles launched at Nandi Hills Three electric vehicles have been launched at the hilltop of Nandi Hills, Karnataka. These electric vehicles are being maintained by a private company in association with the State government. It will take visitors on a 2 km tour of the historic sites as well as sight-seeing of flora and fauna of the […]

State Bank of India ropes in Swapna Barman as brand ambassador for YONO

State Bank of India ropes in Swapna Barman as brand ambassador for YONO  State Bank of India roped in Asian Games gold medalist Swapna Barman as brand ambassador for its digital app YONO(You only need one). YONO is an integrated digital banking platform offered by State Bank of India (SBI) to enable users to access a […]

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket  Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is. He made his debut in 2003 and last played for India in a Test against England in Rajkot in 2016. He retires with nine Test centuries and 11 ODI centuries to his name. He played […]

Venkaiah flagged off the first IndiGo Airlines flight to Singapore from the Vijayawada

Venkaiah flagged off the first IndiGo Airlines flight to Singapore from the Vijayawada Vice-President M.Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the first IndiGo Airlines flight to Singapore from the Vijayawada international airport, Vijayawada on 4th December. Mr.Venkaiah Naidu also laid the foundation stone for the integrated passenger terminal being developed at an estimated cost of Rs.611 crore at the airport. He appreciated […]

Ministry of Home Affairs released a booklet titled A Handbook for Students on Cyber Safety to aware teenagers about online Crimes and Threats

Ministry of Home Affairs released a booklet titled A Handbook for Students on Cyber Safety to aware teenagers about online Crimes and Threats  The Ministry of Home Affairs released a booklet in the English language titled “A Handbook for Students on Cyber Safety” to aware the Students and Adolescents about the cyber safety. The book explains the […]

India submits official interest to host 2032 Olympics

India submits official interest to host 2032 Olympics The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for 2032 Olympics. Mumbai and Delhi are the top two options under consideration by Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which has approached the International Olympic Committee. India is holding on to its dream of hosting the Olympic games […]

Jon Ridgeon appointed as CEO of International Association of Athletics Federations

Jon Ridgeon appointed as CEO of International Association of Athletics Federations  Ridgeon will take up the new role in March 2019. He will replace Frenchman Olivier Gers, who resigned from the post in March citing differences with the global governing body’s commercial strategy. He is former British record holder and silver medallist in the 110m hurdles in the 1987 […]

President Kovind to begin a 5 Day Tour of Myanmar from December 10

President Kovind to begin a 5 Day Tour of Myanmar from December 10   During the visit, the President will visit Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon and will interact with his host, President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Several agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

Mattis says India and U.S. will sort out sanctions waiver

Mattis says India and U.S. will sort out sanctions waiver Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is now on a visit to Washington. She was given an extended honor cordon (guard) at the Pentagon. Ms.Sitharaman and Mr. Mattis held talks about bilateral ties. Also, the U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said that India and the U.S. are planning […]

First India Japan Air Exercise SHINYUU Maitri 2018 began

First India Japan Air Exercise SHINYUU Maitri 2018 began   A bilateral air exercise ‘SHINYUU Maitri-18’, between the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) began on December 3, 2018 at Air Force Station Agra.  The exercise will end on December 7, 2018. The theme of the exercise is joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) […]

Government of India appointed Ajay Narayan Jha as new Finance Secretary

Government of India appointed Ajay Narayan Jha as new Finance Secretary  Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha’s appointment to the post after incumbent Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), retired on November 30. After Jha retires on 31 January, economic affairs secretary Subhash […]

Delhi govt to begin 10 day minimum wages enforcement campaign

Delhi govt to begin 10 day minimum wages enforcement campaign Labour and Employment Minister Gopal Rai said that the Delhi government will be carrying out a 10-day enforcement drivefrom December 10 as the government has said that the workers will be paid with higher minimum wages from December 10. The Central government has set new minimum wage […]

Kohli India’s top-paid sportsperson of 2018 at 228 crore: Forbes

Kohli India’s top-paid sportsperson of 2018 at 228 crore: Forbes Team India captain Virat Kohli has featured as the highest-earning sportsperson in the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list with ₹228.09-croreearnings. Kohli was also the top-paid sportsperson in 2016 and 2017 with ₹134.44 crore and ₹100.72 crore earnings respectively. Former captain MS Dhoni follows Kohli as the second highest-paid sportsperson in the 2018 list with ₹101.77-crore earnings.

Delhi Minister Imran Hussain Gets PETA Hero to Animals Award

Delhi Minister Imran Hussain Gets PETA Hero to Animals Award Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest and Elections Imran Hussain was awarded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-India for banning the Chinese Manjha, or the glass-coated kite strings, across Delhi. The award, named ‘Hero to Animals,’ was also given to […]

Indian Navy to conduct Exercise sea vigil as a part of 2-month long Exercise TROPEX

Indian Navy to conduct Exercise sea vigil as a part of 2-month long Exercise TROPEX Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced conduction of a 2-month long Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (Tropex) in January 2019. It would end in March 2019. The main objective is to check on the coastal defencesystem This would test the combat capability of […]

IMD announced that winter will be warmer than normal this year

IMD announced that winter will be warmer than normal this year India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that winter is likely to be warmer than average, with fewer ‘cold wave’ days between December and February. The forecast suggested that ‘above normal’ seasonal minimum temperatures (>0.5° C) are most likely over most of the subdivisions of the country. However, Jammu & Kashmir, […]

Bahrain and Maharashtra Government Signs MoU on Fintech

Bahrain and Maharashtra Government Signs MoU on Fintech The Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed an MoU with the Maharashtra Government to provide a framework for Co-operation between the two authorities to promote FinTech in their respective markets.

Yes Bank appoints T.S Vijayan as an independent director to the board

Yes Bank appoints T.S Vijayan as an independent director to the board Yes Bank appointed T.S Vijayan, former Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) chairman, as anindependent director on the board of the private sector bank with immediate effect. The board was formed by the bank to select the successor of its MD & CEO, Rana Kapoor, […]

Punjab cabinet approves international airport near Ludhiana

Punjab cabinet approves international airport near Ludhiana The Punjab Cabinet approved the setting up of a new international civil terminal at Indian Air Force (IAF) Station, Halwara 32 kms from Ludhiana. The terminal will be jointly developed by the state government and Airports Authority of India (AAI). While AAI would have majority stake of 51 […]

India celebrates the Indian Navy Day on 4th December

India celebrates the Indian Navy Day on 4th December The Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year to commemorate Operation Trident, an attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest in the world, employing 67,109 personnel. The Indian Navy has three commands: […]

UAE passport tops the Global Passport Power Rank 2018

UAE passport tops the Global Passport Power Rank 2018 As per the ratings released by Passport Index, the United Arab Emirates has topped the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, emerging as the country with the most powerful passport in world. UAE passport holders can now fly to 113 countries without a visa, and 54 others […]

First manned Soyuz mission to ISS was launched successfully

First manned Soyuz mission to ISS was launched successfully After the October launch failure, a Soyuz rocketcarrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on 3rd December in the first manned mission. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency were launched […]

IPL auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18

IPL auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18 The player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will take place on December 18 in Jaipur. As many as 70 players including 20 overseas cricketers will be up for grabs for the eight franchises, who are left with a total purse of […]

India, UAE to ink MoU for projects in third countries

India, UAE to ink MoU for projects in third countries India & UAE for the first time will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up projects in third countries beginning with Ethiopia during Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj‘s ongoing visit to the Gulf country. This will be India’s second third-country project in Africa after […]

Common Mobility Card was launched in Delhi

Common Mobility Card was launched in Delhi Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlotlaunched the Common Mobility Card which can be used by commuters to travel aboard both Delhi metro trains and State-run buses. The ONE card, which is essentially the rebranded Delhi Metro smart card with the tagline ‘One Delhi. One Ride’ with the logos of […]

Croatia star Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or to end Ronaldo, Messi era

Croatia star Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or to end Ronaldo, Messi era Midfielder Luka Modrić, who led Croatia to their first-everFIFA World Cup final, won this year’s Ballon d’Or. He was named 2018 FIFA World Cup’s best player and had also won this year’s The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. This is the first time […]

Nagaland becomes second state to adopt pan-India women helpline

Nagaland becomes second state to adopt pan-India women helpline Nagaland became the first state in the Northeast and second in the country, after Himachal Pradesh, to launch a pan-India single emergency number ‘112’ under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS). The launch coincided with the state’s formation day and the inaugural day of the 2018 […]

Delhi Daredevils renamed as Delhi Capitals ahead of 2019 IPL season

Delhi Daredevils renamed as Delhi Capitals ahead of 2019 IPL season The change in name comes close on the heels of JSW Sports picking up a 50 percent stake in the franchise. Ahead of the 2019 IPL auctions, the Delhi Daredevils released former captain Gautam Gambhir and a host of international stars which include Jason […]

UNESCO accepted Korean wrestling as one of the worlds most treasured cultural practices

UNESCO accepted Korean wrestling as one of the worlds most treasured cultural practices UNESCO accepted a joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognized as one of the world’s most treasured cultural practices. This bids a new step in their reconciliation efforts of North and South Korea. The two Koreas had originally filed separate applications for their traditional form […]

PM Modi to be invited to Pakistan for SAARC summit

PM Modi to be invited to Pakistan for SAARC summit Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be invited to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the […]

SC rejected the fresh plea against Article 370

SC rejected the fresh plea against Article 370 The Supreme Court (SC) declined to look at the fresh petitionchallenging Article 370, which gives special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. Another pending writ petition is by NGO ‘We the Citizens’. This petition challenged the validity of both Article 35A and Article 370. It argues that four representatives from Kashmir […]

Maharashtra Governor approved the Bill granting reservation to Marathas

Maharashtra Governor approved the Bill granting reservation to Marathas Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao approved the Bill granting 16% reservation to Marathas. He signed the reservation under the state for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018. The Maratha community, which forms 30% of the state population, will be entitled to reservation benefits and advantages enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and […]

India, China to hold joint military exercises from December 10

India, China to hold joint military exercises from December 10 The militaries of China and India would hold a joint 14-day drill from December 10 in southwest China’s Chengdu city to improve their capabilities in fighting terrorism and promote mutual understanding. The 7th India and China joint military exercises – ‘Hand in Hand’ – will focuss on counter-terrorism operations. The exercises will be held after a […]

Telangana State signed pact with British Council

Telangana State signed pact with British Council The Telangana government and British Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation and support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of Telangana. The signatories, Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India, and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, signed the MoU in the presence of […]

Magnus Carlsen retains World Chess Championship 2018 title

Magnus Carlsen retains World Chess Championship 2018 title  World number one Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has retained his World Chess Championship title, beating US opponent Fabiano Caruanain a tie-breaker event. Carlsen’s peak rating of 2882, achieved in 2014, is the highest in history. Carlsen became World Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand.

Centre proposes ban on use of animals in circuses, performances

Centre proposes ban on use of animals in circuses, performances  The Centre has proposed a prohibition on the use of all animals for performances, exhibition at any circus or mobile entertainment facilities and has invited comments from various stakeholders on the issue within 30 days. Though the ministry had banned the use of lions, tigers, panthers, monkeys, bears and […]

India, China inked protocol on hygiene & inspection requirements for exports

India, China inked protocol on hygiene & inspection requirements for exports  A  protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports was signed in New Delhi during the visit of Chinese Vice Minister, General Administration of Customs of China Hu Wei who is leading a six-member delegation to India. The move would enable India to commence export of fish […]

Air forces of the US and India to hold joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’

Air forces of the US and India to hold joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’ Air forces of the United States and India are scheduled to participate in a 12-day joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019‘ at two air force stations in West Bengal this month. The exercise will be held from December 3 to 14 at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air […]

Four Indian-Origin Women In Forbes US Top 50 Females In Tech

Four Indian-Origin Women In Forbes US Top 50 Females In Tech   Four Indian-origin technology executives have made it to the Forbes’ list of America’s 50 women in technology space in 2018. The list includes Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent; Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO, and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge; Padmasree Warrior, […]

First global conference on Blue Economy held in Nairobi

First global conference on Blue Economy held in Nairobi Kenya, Japan and Canada co-hosted the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy in Nairobi from 26 to 28 November 2018, in an event which brought together over 4,000 participants from around the world. It builds on the momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris and […]

World Gold Council appoints David Tait as next CEO

World Gold Council appoints David Tait as next CEO  The market development organization for the gold industry, The World Gold Council announced the appointment of David Tait who has a very successful career in the financial services industry as the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

India To Chair Kimberley Process From January 2019

India To Chair Kimberley Process From January 2019 The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary 2018, was held in Brussels, Belgium, in November 2018. EU handed over the Chairmanship of KPCS to India from 1st January 2019. This year was the fifteenth anniversary of KPCS.

India is the fastest growing e-commerce market: Report by Bain & Company

India is the fastest growing e-commerce market: Report by Bain & Company  According to the report, India’s online retail market had a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 53% from 2013 to 2017. This rapid growth is due to heavily discount-driven e-commerce marketplaces, improvement in delivery infrastructure and increased smartphone penetration and data usage. India’s total e-commerce retail sales […]

Reserve Bank of India moves to ease liquidity for non-banking finance firms

Reserve Bank of India moves to ease liquidity for non-banking finance firms  Reserve Bank of India in a move to make more liquidity available to non-banking finance firms (NBFCs)issued a circular to relax the securitization norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period (MHP) requirement. The NBFC sector is facing liquidity shortage after Infrastructure Leasing & Finance […]

President Kovind presented the top IAF honour for Guwahati helicopter unit

President Kovind presented the top IAF honour for Guwahati helicopter unit During his two day visit to Assam, President Ram Nath Kovind took part in India Air Force’s special programme held in Borjhar. He presented Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit in Guwahati and Colours to Air Defence College, Lucknow. The President in his speech said the world looks at India differently today. […]

ISRO launched HysIS into orbit

ISRO launched HysIS into orbit Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS),  being dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, into space along with 30 other foreign satelliteson board the workhorse PSLV rocket on 29th November. HysIS with a mission life of five years was placed in an orbit 636 km above the earth. It will travel over the […]

Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president

Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia‘s presidential election, becoming the first womanto hold the office. The new president is expected to take office on Dec. 16. Zurabishvili, a government-backed independent candidate, won with 59.52 percent of some 1.98 million votes cast. Grigol Vashadze — backed by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili — got some 40.48 percent of […]

Eight States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya scheme

Eight States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya scheme 8 States which achieved 100% household electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – Saubhagya scheme are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. With this, total 15 States in India have 100 per cent household electrification. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rs 16320-Crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar […]

Global Nutrition Report 2018 – One-third of world’s stunted children live in India

Global Nutrition Report 2018 – One-third of world’s stunted children live in India  Nearly one-third of the world’s 150.8 million stunted children live in India, the 2018 Global Nutrition Report revealed. With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million). Over 46 million Indian children aged under five years are […]

Trump cancelled pre meet with Putin before G20 summit

Trump cancelled pre meet with Putin before G20 summit U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled his planned meetingwith Russian President Vladimir Putin. He cited the reason as the naval stand-off in which Russian forces seized three Ukrainian ships. Mr.Trump had planned a meeting with Mr.Putin before attending the Buenos Aires Group of 20 meeting. The meeting was scrapped days […]

RBI moves to ease liquidity for NBFC

RBI moves to ease liquidity for NBFC The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the securitization norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period (MHP)requirement in order to make more liquidity available to Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFC). The move follows a demand from the government for a special window for NBFCs, to provide them liquidity support. RBI has decided to […]

IIT Kharagpur, University of Auckland ink pact for research tie-up

IIT Kharagpur, University of Auckland ink pact for research tie-up   Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and University of Auckland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments and Student Mobility. It is the first strategic partnership of University of Auckland with a Higher Educational Institute […]

Pakistan to turn Rishi Kapoors ancestral home into museum

Pakistan to turn Rishi Kapoors ancestral home into museum The Pakistan government has decided to convert Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar into a museum soon. This is after the request by the actor. The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj […]

Reggae music gets into heritage list of UNESCO

Reggae music gets into heritage list of UNESCO Reggae music, with artists like Bob Marley, won international fame and secured a spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of intangible cultural heritage deemed worthy of protection and […]

NGT forms committee to prepare scrapping of banned diesel, petrol vehicles

NGT forms committee to prepare scrapping of banned diesel, petrol vehicles  The National Green Tribunal (NGT) formed a committee to prepare a policy for dealing with the scrapping of banned petrol and diesel vehicles. The committee will consist of the secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, central government with representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Environment Ministry and […]

Mumbai’s largest sewage treatment plant gets green ministry nod

Mumbai’s largest sewage treatment plant gets green ministry nod The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change have given a go ahead to the Mumbai’s largest sewage treatment plant (STP), worth Rs 2,020 crore, to come up in Malad. The STP will come up on 35 hectares of mangrove land. The STP, a part of the […]

Karnataka Government and Numa launched DataCity urban challenge in Bengaluru

Karnataka Government and Numa launched DataCity urban challenge in Bengaluru  Karnataka government in partnership with start-up accelerator Numa, launched an initiative called ‘DataCity’ in Bengaluru. It will be jointly organised by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and French utility company Suez. About DataCity: It will be a 7-month innovative programme that will enable corporates […]

Second India-UAE strategic conclave held in Abu Dhabi

Second India-UAE strategic conclave held in Abu Dhabi  The two day Second edition of India-UAE Strategic Conclave organized by Economic Times, India was held in the Capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE),Abu Dhabi. Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Navdeep Suri inaugurated the conclave where Key Business leaders and senior government officials lay down the blueprint […]

Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List released by IScience US based limited liability Corporation

Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List released by IScience US based limited liability Corporation According to the latest edition of Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List (November 2018), released by IScience (US-based limited liability Corporation), Water deficits will increase and intensify in India in 2019. Exceptional water deficits occur throughout Gujarat in the […]

A part of Eiffel Tower’s staircase was auctioned for 1.34 crore

A part of Eiffel Tower’s staircase was auctioned for 1.34 crore   25 steps of Eiffel Tower was sold for ₹1.34 crore (€1,69,000), three times the original estimate, at an auction in Paris. The 129-year-old staircase, 14-feet in height, weighs about 900 kilograms and includes about 25 steps. It connected the top two floors of the Eiffel Tower, […]

Bengaluru’s proposed 102km elevated corridor to cost 26,000 cr

Bengaluru’s proposed 102km elevated corridor to cost 26,000 cr Bengaluru’s Elevated Corridor Project, covering a distance of 102 kilometres with six corridors, is estimated to cost between ₹25,000 and ₹26,000 crore. The proposed elevated corridors along with the Peripheral Ring Road are proposed as the answers to decongest the city’s roads. The project, expected to be completed by 2025-2026, awaits Karnataka […]

Slovenia becomes only NATO country with female Army Chief

Slovenia becomes only NATO country with female Army Chief  Slovenia became the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Country with the female Army Chief after the appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc to the post of Head of its Army. The 55 years Old former Army Commander, Alenka Ermenc started her military career in 1991 when Slovenia […]

Uttarakhand adjudged best state; Himachal pavilion gets silver medal at India International Trade Fair, New Delhi

Uttarakhand adjudged best state; Himachal pavilion gets silver medal at India International Trade Fair, New Delhi The states were awarded due to their pavilions showcasing potential to boost tourism and the promotion of local products. For Uttarakhand, Kedarnath reconstruction work, Home Stay scheme initiated by the Department of Tourism, nutraceutical products based on mountain grains, handloom products, […]

India, UK naval exercise Konkan 18 held in Goa

India, UK naval exercise Konkan 18 held in Goa The Royal Navy of UK will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyerequipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking and an IN submarine during the sea phase between December […]

Germany asks France to give its UN Security Council seat to EU

Germany asks France to give its UN Security Council seat to EU  Germany‘s Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for France to give up its permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and turn it into a seat for the European Union (EU). This would allow the EU to speak “with one voice” at the world body. France could […]

NGT imposed Rs.5 crore on the DJB

NGT imposed Rs.5 crore on the DJB The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a cost of Rs.5 crore on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). It directed the DJB to complete work on the sewerage network in Inderpuri by May 2019. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the DJB to deposit a “performance guarantee” to […]

Logix India 2019 will be held in New Delhi

Logix India 2019 will be held in New Delhi  ‘Logix India 2019’, which will be held from January 31 to February 2, 2019, in New Delhi. The event is aimed at improving logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s Global Trade. Ranked 44 in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index 2018, logistics costs in India are 13-15 per […]

RBI launches survey on India’s startup sector

RBI launches survey on India’s startup sector  Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a Survey on India’s startup sector (SISS) with an endeavor to create a profile of the startup sector in India and provide dimensions relating to turnover, profitability and workforce. In a recent NASSCOM-Zinnov report titled “Indian Start-up Ecosystem 2018: Approaching Escape Velocity,”, India has emerged as the third largest startup hub in […]

Himachal Pradesh first state to launch single emergency number ‘112’

Himachal Pradesh first state to launch single emergency number ‘112’ Himachal Pradeshbecame the first state to launch a pan-India single emergency number ‘112’ where all kinds of immediate help can be sought in urgent matters. Under this project, an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) has been established in Shimla along with 12 district command centres (DCCs), covering the entire state. The ERC has been […]

Miko 2 IIT-Bombay graduates launch Indias first advanced personal robot for kids

Miko 2 IIT-Bombay graduates launch Indias first advanced personal robot for kids  Graduates of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) who are Co-founders of a start-up called Emotix have launched India’s first advanced personal robot Miko 2 for Kids. IIT Bombay graduates Sneh Rajkumar Vaswani along with his batchmates Prashant Iyengar and Chintan Raikar […]

Donbass won Golden Peacock award at the 49th IFFI

Donbass won Golden Peacock award at the 49th IFFI Donbass, a Ukrainian film directed by Sergei Loznitsa, won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji, Goa on 28th November. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.40 lakh, a trophy, and a citation. The film tells the story of a […]

President of India Receives the First Copy of the book Making of New India

President of India Receives the First Copy of the book Making of New India  The book is edited by the nationalist think-tank Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF) and members of the Niti Aayog: Dr. Bibek Debroy, Dr. Anirban Ganguly and Shri Kishore Desai. The book contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, […]

International Gita Festival to be held from Dec 7-23 in Kurukshetra

International Gita Festival to be held from Dec 7-23 in Kurukshetra   The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryanafrom December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state. About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under […]

G20 Summit 2018 begins in Argentina

G20 Summit 2018 begins in Argentina  The 2018 G20 Summitbegan on November 28, 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) and the first G20 summit to be hosted in South America. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be representing India at the Summit and is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, Chinese […]

FAO report says climate change puts food security at risk

FAO report says climate change puts food security at risk The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said that climate change and depletion of land and other resources that undermine food systems increase the risk of feeding the hungry planet. UNFAO renewed its appeals for better policies and technologies to reach zero hunger. The report also said that the population growth […]

Brazil lost forests equal to 1 mn football pitches due to deforestation

Brazil lost forests equal to 1 mn football pitches due to deforestation In Brazil, the deforestation has reached its height that an area equivalent to one million football pitches was lost in just one year. According to the governmental institution of special investigations said that between August 2017 and July 2018, deforestation increased by almost 14%, with an area of […]

CSIR To Establish A High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh

CSIR To Establish A High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh   CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and technology company, to establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh. This ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on […]

Electric cars set to replace diesel, petrol vehicles in Telangana State offices

Electric cars set to replace diesel, petrol vehicles in Telangana State offices The Telangana government offices are soon to make way for electric cars as the State aims at promoting non-polluting vehicles. The government has brought in the Electric Mobility Policy 2018-2023 to encourage the use of carbon-free cars. It has followed it up by signing with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The […]

BCCI announces two-year ban for age frauds

BCCI announces two-year ban for age frauds   From the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Earlier, a cricketer faced a ban of one year. In September, the BCCI […]

Maharashtra approves 16% Maratha quota

Maharashtra approves 16% Maratha quota  The Maharashtra assembly has unanimously approved 16% reservation for the Marathacommunity in jobs and educational institutes. Following this, the total reservation in the state for OBC, SC/ST groups, other minor social groups, and the Marathas will be 68%. The government created a separate category called Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC).

Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC

Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC  Saxena will have a tenure till August 7, 2020, when he attains the age of 65 years. He has been working as acting head of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) since June 20. He took over charge from Vinay Mittal who had completed his term. Saxena joined the UPSC as a member […]

What Happened On This Day – 30 November

What Happened On This Day – 30 November 1982 Michael Jackson’s Thriller is released worldwide Thought to be the best selling album of all time, the album, which had 9 tracks, won 8 Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984. 1947 Civil War in Palestine Also known as the Civil War in […]

India recorded highest average real wage growth in South Asia during 2008-17: ILO report

India recorded highest average real wage growth in South Asia during 2008-17: ILO report  According to an annual report named “Global Wage Report 2018/19: What Lies behind Gender pay gaps”, released by International Labour Organisation (ILO), India recorded the highest average real wage growth in South Asia during 2008-17. The Global wage growth in 2017 […]

Fourteen Scientist awarded with Swarnajayanti Fellowships 2017-18 award: Dept. of Science and Technology (DST)

Fourteen Scientist awarded with Swarnajayanti Fellowships 2017-18 award: Dept. of Science and Technology (DST) The awards were given in the areas of Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences. The Following shows the list of awardees: Sripada S V Ramasastry, Sebastian C Peter in Chemical Sciences KG Arun, […]

Urjit Patel stressed need for autonomy of central bank

Urjit Patel stressed need for autonomy of central bank Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel batted for the autonomy of the institution in strong terms in his deposition before the Parliamentary Panel on Finance. He made a presentation on the impact of demonetization and the status of non-performing assets in the banking sector. Points stressed […]

CNC to celebrate Codava National Day on 2nd December

CNC to celebrate Codava National Day on 2nd December The Codava National Council (CNC) is to organize Codava National Day on December 2 at Madikeri. The theme of this year’s congregation is ‘Right to Live’ and is dedicated to the landslide victims in northwestern Kodagu. The victims should be able to regain their land. The objective of the Codava National Day […]

Tamil Nadu won cadaveric organ donation award for 4th time

Tamil Nadu won cadaveric organ donation award for 4th time Tamil Nadu bagged the Best State Award in cadaveric organ donation from the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The State has been awarded for the fourth consecutive year. Health Minister C.Vijaya Baskar received the award from the Ministers of State, […]

Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated NDMAs fourteenth formation day

Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated NDMAs fourteenth formation day Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the 14th Formation day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).  This Year’s theme was “Early Warning for Disasters”. NDMA released a training manual for masons on Hazard-Resistant Construction and a study report on “Gujarat Floods 2017” A […]

Gauri Khan debuted on Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women list 2018

Gauri Khan debuted on Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women list 2018 Shah Rukh Khan’s wife and Renowned interior designer and co-owner of Red Chillies Entertainment, Gauri Khan debuts on the list of ‘Fortune India’s 50 Most Powerful Women’ in business’ this year. Being the founder and chief executive office of Gauri Khan Designs, Gauri gained the 42nd spot. The top […]

Health Ministry Launches Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme IDSP

Health Ministry Launches Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme IDSP Ms. Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary soft-launch of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in seven states. The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden in the populations […]

Govt proposes Rs 13 crore subsidy for hybrid cars in India

Govt proposes Rs 13 crore subsidy for hybrid cars in India The Department of Heavy Industry has proposed a subsidy of ₹13 crore to promote hybrid cars in India. The move follows lobbying by automobile manufacturers including Toyota, Maruti Suzuki and Honda. The incentives have been sought by the department for potential buyers of 10,000 hybrid cars fitted with lithium-ion batteries […]

ISRO to launch HysIS on 29th November

ISRO to launch HysIS on 29th November Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to launch HysIS, the country’s first hyperspectral imaging satellite for advanced earth observation, on 29th November from Sriharikota. A lowdown of the payload: ♦ PSLV-C43 mission will launch 31 satellite in total into 2 orbits ♦ Slated to last just under 2 hours, it will be […]

Modi to meet Xi in Buenos Aires before G20 summit

Modi to meet Xi in Buenos Aires before G20 summit Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The bilateral meeting between the two leaders will cover issues of mutual interest. It was decided at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg that both the leaders will meet frequently and both […]

Tech Mahindra bagged Rs.270 crore deal from CIL

Tech Mahindra bagged Rs.270 crore deal from CIL Tech Mahindra bagged a Rs.270 crore deal to enable the digital transformation of Coal India Limited (CIL). The deal aimed at enterprise modernization and is to span a five-year period. In the first of the project, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) would be implemented in CIL and its two subsidiaries, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited and […]

Ministerial Panel approved strategic sale of AI arm

Ministerial Panel approved strategic sale of AI arm A Ministerial panel approved a proposal for strategic sale of Air India’s (AI) ground handling subsidiary Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL). The approval comes amid the government working on ways to revive the fortunes of AI, estimated to have a debt burden of more than Rs.50,000 crore, including the sale of non-core assets. […]

Global Wage Report 2018 Released, Bangladesh’s gender wage gap lowest in the globe

Global Wage Report 2018 Released, Bangladesh’s gender wage gap lowest in the globe   According to the report the global average monthly gender pay gap was 21.2% in 2017, while Bangladesh gender pay gap was only 2.2%, the lowestin the world. Pakistan topped the gap chart by 43.8%. Nepal topped the low income group with 26.7% gap and the average gender pay gap is 21.2%.

Reserve Bank to infuse Rs.40,000 crore in December through OMO

Reserve Bank to infuse Rs.40,000 crore in December through OMO The Reserve Bank of India is to pump in more liquidity in December by infusing Rs.40,000 crore into the system through Open Market Operations (OMOs). The Reserve Bank will officially give the details about the auction dates for the OMOs in due course. However, it added that this OMO amount is indicative with […]

What Happened On This Day – 29 November

What Happened On This Day – 29 November 1972 Atari Releases Pong One of the very first arcade games to hit the market, Pong was a 1 or 2 player video game similar to tennis, where the goal is to use a paddle to hit a ball. Around 35000 Pong consoles were sold around the world. […]

Union Commerce Minister revealed logo and brochure of 3-day Logix India 2019 which will be held in New Delhi in 2019

Union Commerce Minister revealed logo and brochure of 3-day Logix India 2019 which will be held in New Delhi in 2019 Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched the logo and brochure of Logix India 2019 in New Delhi. A 3-day Logix India 2019 is scheduled to take place in […]

Gujarat tops in implementing Ayushman Bharat

Gujarat tops in implementing Ayushman Bharat Gujarat has emerged as the top performer of the Centre’s ambitious health financing scheme – Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), which was launched on September 23, promises health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family to over 10 crore poor families. Over 3.4 lakh beneficiaries have been treated under the scheme since its launch […]

Researchers developed new method that uses sunlight to purify water

Researchers developed new method that uses sunlight to purify water Scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Germany have developed a simple process that canremove persistent pollutants in water using mere sunlightunder the most basic conditions. The researchers rely on electrons moving freely in water, called hydrated electrons, to degrade dissolved pollutants. They conducted a field trial in a […]

Hausla-2018 inaugurated in Delhi

Hausla-2018 inaugurated in Delhi  The National Festival for Children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs)- ‘Hausla 2018‘ of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) was inaugurated by the Secretary, Shri Rakesh Srivastava, in New Delhi. The theme for the 4 day Event, from 26 to 29th November 2018 is “Child Safety”.

Azim Premji to be conferred highest French civilian award

Azim Premji to be conferred highest French civilian award  Tech magnate and philanthropist Premji will receive the Knight of the Legion of Honour or Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler. The renowned entrepreneur will be bestowed with this distinction for his contribution to developing the IT industry in India and his economic […]

Govt launched ‘Paisa’ portal for affordable credit and interest subvenion access

Govt launched ‘Paisa’ portal for affordable credit and interest subvenion access  The government launched a centralised electronic platform for processing interest subvention on bank loans to beneficiaries under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), called ‘Paisa’. PAiSA, or `Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access’, is a web platform designed and developed by Allahabad […]

Reserve Bank of India Eases Hedging Norms For ECBs To 70% From Current 100%

Reserve Bank of India Eases Hedging Norms For ECBs To 70% From Current 100%   Reserve Bank of India relaxed norms for External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs)by reducing the mandatory hedging provision to 70% from the current 100%. The relaxed norms will apply to the ECBs with a maturity period between 3 and 5 years.

Odisha government launched a lexicon for 21 rare tribal languages

Odisha government launched a lexicon for 21 rare tribal languages Odisha government released lexicons of 21 tribal languages for multilingual education (MLE) purposes for elementary schools in tribal-dominated districts. The main aim is to bring back the tribal languages in circulation and prevent them from vanishing. This initiative has been prepared by the Special Development council […]

What Happened On This Day – 28 November

What Happened On This Day – 28 November 1991 South Ossetia declares independence The disputed region of the country of Georgia calls itself the Republic of South Ossetia. The declaration of independence was not recognized by Georgia and was followed by the South Ossetia War. Only a few countries, including Russia and Venezuela, recognize it as […]

Mary Kom Won Sixth World Championship Title, Creates History

Mary Kom Won Sixth World Championship Title, Creates History MC Mary Kom created history by becoming the first woman to win six boxing world titles by clinching the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi. The 35-year-old Indian legend got the better of Ukrainian Hanna Okhota in the summit […]

India To Host 50th Union World Conference On Lung Health In 2019

India To Host 50th Union World Conference On Lung Health In 2019 The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Hyderabad, a global organization working in this field announced. The conference ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’ which will start in October 2019, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease stated.

MoRTH issued notification for inclusion of Quadricycles as Non Transport Vehicles

MoRTH issued notification for inclusion of Quadricycles as Non Transport Vehicles  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) notified the insertion of the item ‘Quadricycle’ as a ‘non transport’ vehicle under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. A Quadricycle is a vehicle of the size of a 3-wheeler but with 4 tyres and fully covered like a […]

Indian Constitution Day is observed on 26 November

Indian Constitution Day is observed on 26 November On this day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. On 19th November 2015, during the year-long celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar, Government of […]

SEBI Unveils Rules For Reclassification Of Promoter As Public Investor

SEBI Unveils Rules For Reclassification Of Promoter As Public Investor  Markets regulator Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has come out with new rules for re-classification of a promoter as a public investor, wherein an outgoing promoter over the affairs of the listed firm and not be allowed to hold over 10% stake. The promoter would […]

Uttarakhand cabinet approved renaming of Dehradun Jolly Grant airport after former PM Vajpayee

Uttarakhand cabinet approved renaming of Dehradun Jolly Grant airport after former PM Vajpayee The Uttarakhand government chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, approved a total of 27 proposals including renaming the Dehradun airport after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

UP government cleared the proposal to build Ram statue

UP government cleared the proposal to build Ram statue The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared a proposal to build a 221-meter-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The government did not furnish the details of the funding, the construction agency and the location of the statue. The size of the statue will outdo […]

Union Government to set up a domestic Gold Council in India for promotion of growth in the jewellery sector

Union Government to set up a domestic Gold Council in India for promotion of growth in the jewellery sector  Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu announced the government’s intention to set up a domestic Gold Council in India for the growth in the jewelry sector. The main objective of the council is to constitute […]

Monaco to host 2019 Laureus Awards on February 18 2019

Monaco to host 2019 Laureus Awards on February 18 2019 The ‘Oscars of sports’, the Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 will be held in Monaco on February 18 next year. Sport’s premier global awards ceremony will celebrate the best of 2018 across eight individual and team categories, with the winners collecting a prized Laureus Statuette. Sports […]

Nariman Light House to be inaugurated

Nariman Light House to be inaugurated A rooftop memorial at Nariman House, the Jewish centre in Colaba, is to be formally inaugurated on Monday, the tenth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. The memorial will be called the Nariman Light House.  The waterfall monument constitutes the names of all the victims of 26/11 terror attack including the policemen and National Security Guards […]

Uber Eats appointed Alia Bhatt as its first brand ambassador of India

Uber Eats appointed Alia Bhatt as its first brand ambassador of India Uber Eats announced the appointment of actress Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador. India will be the first country where the global company appointed an ambassador.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar unveiled statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar unveiled statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-foot-tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district. Mr.Kumar unveiled the statue of Lord Buddha, the second tallest statue of Buddha in the country, in the presence of Mahabodhi temple’s chief monk Bhante Chalinda amid the chanting of hymns. […]

Cotton Advisory Board says the Cotton production estimated to decline

Cotton Advisory Board says the Cotton production estimated to decline Cotton Advisory Board said that the cotton production this season might be less than the previous year. The board that met on November 22 said that the production from October 2018 to September 2019 is estimated to be 361 lakh bales as against 370 lakh bales last season. […]

What Happened On This Day – 27 November

What Happened On This Day – 27 November 2005 World’s first successful partial face transplant Drs Bernard Devauchelle, Benoit Lengelé, and Jean-Michel Dubernard used donor tissue to reconstruct the face of Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France. Isabelle Dinoire’s face had been mauled by a dog. 2001 Hubble detects the first planetary atmosphere outside the Solar System The […]

InterGlobe Aviation Chairman Devadas Mallya Mangalore passed away

InterGlobe Aviation Chairman Devadas Mallya Mangalore passed away InterGlobe Aviation said its chairman Devadas Mallya Mangalore passed away in the morning of November 25, 2018. InterGlobe Aviation is the country’s largest airline IndiGo. Mr.Devadas Mallya was also a non-executive independent director. He had served as the CMD of Bank of Baroda and Bank of Maharashtra.

FAO to team up with Telangana for seed development

FAO to team up with Telangana for seed development  Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has offered to collaborate with Telangana for South-South Cooperation in the development of the seed sector in African countries. The offer by FAO was made in Rome with Principal Secretary (Agriculture) C. Parthasarathi and Director of Telangana State Seed and […]

Despite rain the migratory birds arrived in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Despite rain the migratory birds arrived in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Despite the rain, migratory birds have started arriving this year in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. With water levels low in many lakes and reservoirs, their numbers have been low in some places, but nevertheless, the birds have kept their date with the city. The arrival of the birds indicates that […]

Delhis AQI improved to poor category

Delhis AQI improved to poor category 26 November 2018 Current Affairs: The National Capital Region’s air quality showed an unusual improvement on 25th November. The change is due to the increased wind speed, favorable for dispersion of pollutants, but settled in the “poor” category. The overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 262, which falls in […]

Mohammed VI-B: Morocco launches its second earth observation satellite

Mohammed VI-B: Morocco launches its second earth observation satellite  Morocco’s first satellite named Mohammed VI-A was launched on 8th November 2017 by Vega rocket from Kourou space center. Mohammed VI-B is the second satellite of Morocco’s ambitious space program- the first in Africa. The satellite is named after Mohammed VI, King of Morocco who launched this ambitious […]

Neighbourly app launched in Bengaluru, Delhi to gather information about a neighbourhood: Google NBU

Neighbourly app launched in Bengaluru, Delhi to gather information about a neighbourhood: Google NBU  Google’s Next Billion Users (NBU) team announced the national roll-out of its Neighbourly app in Delhi and Bangalore. The full-fledged app offers services in 8 vernacular languages and is a targeted app with a geographic radius between 1 to 5 km. The initial […]

IIT-Hyderabad researchers developed smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk

IIT-Hyderabad researchers developed smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk  Researchers, headed by IIT Professor Shiv Govind Singh, at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, developed a smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk. This could be done by using an indicator paper that changes color according to acidity which further can be incorporated with […]

Constitution Day 2018: Why and how is it celebrated?

Constitution Day 2018: Why and how is it celebrated? The Narendra Modi led government declared November 26 to be observed as Constitution Day on November 19, 2015. Constitution Day is celebrated on November 26 every year to mark the day on which the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly. The Constituent Assembly met […]

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim Resigns

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim Resigns   United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim resigned following an internal audit report gobbled up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.

Sachin Waze launched app offering data protection and privacy in Mumbai

Sachin Waze launched app offering data protection and privacy in Mumbai  A messaging app aimed at reducing rumor-mongering and ensuring complete data privacy was launched by former police officer Sachin Waze in Mumbai. The app, Direct Baat, is available on Android and is being developed for other platforms. Mr. Waze said the app does not store any data of the user […]

Coimbatore collector released the potential linked credit plan by NABARD

Coimbatore collector released the potential linked credit plan by NABARD  Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district Collector T.N. Hariharan released the potential linked credit plan prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the district. The plan envisages a 6.61% hike in loans to be disbursed by banks during the next financial year (2019-20). The potential credit […]

SER won the 41st All India Railway bridge championship

SER won the 41st All India Railway bridge championship South Eastern Railway (SER) emerged champion in the team event of the 41st all-India Railway bridge championship at Garden Reach, Kolkata. South Eastern, Eastern, Metro and Central entered the super league before the former won the title with 43.79 VPs. Eastern finished runner-up. South Eastern was represented by Hasibul […]

Karnataka CM launched Badavara Bandhu scheme

Karnataka CM launched Badavara Bandhu scheme Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy launched mobile banks to disburse interest-free loans to street vendors and small traders at the AMPC Market in Yeshwantpur. The mobile bank scheme is called ‘Badavara Bandhu’ (friend of the poor). The scheme announced in the budget this year seeks to free the poor business community […]

Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award

Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award  Filmmaker Nandita Daswill be honored with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations( FIAPF) Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane on the 29th of this month. She will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region. […]

Metro to Whitefield in 2021 and Electronics City in 2022 says BMRCL

Metro to Whitefield in 2021 and Electronics City in 2022 says BMRCL With the deadline for completion of the entire second phase of Metro pushed back to 2023, work on various reaches will be affected. It will be at least another three years before people working in the tech corridor of Baiyappanhalli and Whitefield can […]

Trump thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices

Trump thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices The U.S. President Donald Trump publicly thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices despite the criticism over his decision not to further punish the kingdom for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. This happened after the President condemned the brutal slaying of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

MEA Sushma Swaraj to co-chair 9th Meeting of India-Lao PDR Joint Commission on Bilateral Co-operation

MEA Sushma Swaraj to co-chair 9th Meeting of India-Lao PDR Joint Commission on Bilateral Co-operation   Smt Sushma Swaraj will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations covering areas of Defence, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Science and IT, Energy, and Mining among others. The Minister will also call on the Prime Minister of Lao PDR Thongloun Sisoulith.

Centre made jute packaging mandatory for all food grains

Centre made jute packaging mandatory for all food grains  The Centre approved a proposal making jute packaging mandatory for all food grains. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In India, the jute sector employs approximately 3.7 lakh workers directly. The move is significant as it would support […]

Elimination of Violence against Women:25 Nov

Elimination of Violence against Women:25 Nov The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed on 25 November 2018. The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence. The theme for 2018 is ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo’.

Mary Kom won gold in boxing championship

Mary Kom won gold in boxing championship MC Mary Kom won the gold medal in Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on 24 November 2018. She defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final match. She became the first female boxer to win six gold medals at World Boxing Championships. She previously won the gold […]

Current Affairs to WhatsApp

Are you missing our current affairs in app. Now you can’t miss current affairs & job notifications. We started a new service named “CAW” which means “Current Affairs to WhatsApp”. We send you important hand picked current affairs & Job notifications to your WhatsApp number on daily basis. Below is the link where you need […]

What Happened On This Day – 26 November

What Happened On This Day – 26 November 2003 Concorde retired from service Concorde retired from service after 27 years of flight 1983 Brink’s Mat gold heist The £ 26 million robbery took place in a Brink Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London. The stolen gold, diamonds and cash has never been recovered. 1966 World’s first tidal […]

Odisha’s Baliyatra festival inaugurated

Odisha’s Baliyatra festival inaugurated ‘Baliyatra festival’ was inaugurated in Odisha on 23 November 2018. Baliyatra festival commemorates the ancient maritime glory of Odisha. The festival is associated with ancient mariners, who established trade and cultural links through sea routes with different archipelagos of the Indian Ocean. The festival will end on 2 December 2018.

EIB & SBI to finance wind energy projects

EIB & SBI to finance wind energy projects The European Investment Bank (EIB) and State Bank of India (SBI) have agreed to cooperate on financing renewable energy sector in India. The EIB will also provide new support for wind energy projects across India,  With this collaboration, the promoters of wind projects in India will get low-cost […]

Non-transport usage of quadricycles allowed

Non-transport usage of quadricycles allowed The government of India has declared quadricycle as a ‘non-transport vehicle’ under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. This will provide a safe and cheap mode of transport for the last mile connectivity. A non-transport vehicle is a vehicle whose usage is allowed under personal capacity only. A quadricycle is a vehicle with […]

Jangalmahal Festival inaugurated in Kolkata

Jangalmahal Festival inaugurated in Kolkata The three-day ‘Jangalmahal festival’ was inaugurated in Kolkata on 23 November 2018. The aim of the festival is to revive and popularise the culture and heritage of the Jangalmahal area. The forested areas of West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts in the southern part of the West Bengal form the Jangalmahal […]

‘Jhiri Mela’ inaugurated by J-K Governor

‘Jhiri Mela’ inaugurated by J-K Governor Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated a week-long ‘Jhiri Mela’ at village Jhiri in Jammu district on 23 November 2018. The annual fair is commemorated in the memory of the martyrdom of ‘Baba Jittoo’. He was a farmer who gave up his life about 500 years ago in protest […]

New technology developed by IMD

New technology developed by IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has developed a new technology called ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’. It will be used to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs by rain. It can help state governments to minutely monitor the impact of rain and take real-time decisions.

World Congress on Mountain Medicine begins

World Congress on Mountain Medicine begins The ’12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine’ began in Kathmandu on 21 November 2018. The theme of the 4-day congress is ‘Mountain Medicine in the Heart of the Himalayas’. The event mainly focused on science and research aspects of high altitude medicine. The event was held for the first time in […]

HDFC ERGO sets up remote sensing lab

HDFC ERGO sets up remote sensing lab General insurance company ‘HDFC ERGO General Insurance’ has set up a remote sensing lab for crop insurance. The lab will work on accurately assessing the risks of the insurers and will also be able to give early warnings about the losses. Remote sensing involves setting up scanning an […]

Sachin is the brand ambassador of Apollo Tyres

Sachin is the brand ambassador of Apollo Tyres Tyre maker, Apollo Tyres has appointed cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as its new brand ambassador on 22 November 2018. He will be the ambassador of Apollo Tyres for a period of five years. Apart from Apollo Tyres, he is also the brand Ambassador for BMW in India. Sachin […]

First ever plane with no moving parts launched

First ever plane with no moving parts launched Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built and flown the first-ever silent aeroplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines. The aeroplane is powered by an ionic wind technology. Ionic wind technology uses a powerful electric field to generate charged ions, which are then expelled […]

J&K Bank made a public sector unit

J&K Bank made a public sector unit The proposal for treating J&K Bank Limited as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) was approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC). The Jammu and Kashmir bank has been brought under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) guidelines, and the State […]

‘India Skills Report 2019’ released

‘India Skills Report 2019’ released As per the ‘India Skills Report 2019’, Andhra Pradesh has topped the list of states with the highest employability followed by Rajasthan and Haryana. The report also said that the employability levels of engineering graduates have increased across all the sectors. The report was published jointly by Wheebox, PeopleStrong and Confederation […]

Doval, Wang held India-China border talks

Doval, Wang held India-China border talks India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the ’21st round of border talks’ in China on 24 November 2018. Ajit Doval and Wang Yi are the designated Special Representatives (SRs) for border talks between India and China.  The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line […]

Jharkhand Day being celebrated at IFFI in Goa

Jharkhand Day being celebrated at IFFI in Goa Jharkhand Day is being celebrated at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on 24 November 2018. For 2018, Jharkhand is the focus state at the International Film Festival of India. This is for the first time that any state has been made focus state at […]

5% subsidy for non-basmati rice exports

5% subsidy for non-basmati rice exports The government of India will give a subsidy of 5% for non-basmati rice exports from 26 November 2018 to 25 March 2019. The move is expected to boost the exports of non-basmati rice. The subsidy will be given under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). The products include husked […]

On This Day In World History 25 Nov

2348 BC Biblical scholars have long asserted this to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood. 1863 Union ends the siege of Chattanooga with the Battle of Missionary Ridge. 1876 Colonel Ronald MacKenzie destroys Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife’s village, in the Bighorn Mountains near the Red Fork of the Powder River, during the so-called […]

Today In Indian History 25 Nov

What Happened Today 25 November In Indian History , Today In Indian History Date Events 25 – November – 1538 Turkish Armada retired.The arrival of a new Portuguese fleet. 25 – November – 1866 Allahabad court was established for Uttar Pradesh territory, it sat in Agra with five Judges between 1866 and 1868. It also has a […]

Musician Ustad Imrat Khan passed away

Musician Ustad Imrat Khan passed away Classical music stalwart Ustad Imrat Khan has died in the U.S. on 23 November 2018. He dedicated his life to promote the sitar and the surbahar worldwide. Ustad Imrat Khan belonged to the illustrious Etawa gharana, or the Imdadkhani Gharana. The gharana is one of the oldest in India with […]

Baishnab Charan Parida passed away

Baishnab Charan Parida passed away Former Rajya Sabha member from Odisha, Baishnab Charan Parida passed away on 22 November 2018. He was a prominent politician, writer, columnist and a social activist. Mr Parida was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2010 and his term ended on July 1, 2016. He was president of Odisha Bhasa […]

Broadband subscribers at 463.6 mn at Aug.-end

Broadband subscribers at 463.6 mn at Aug.-end According to official data by the Department of Telecom (DoT), India’s broadband subscriber numbers touched 463.6 million at the end of August 2018. The number of broadband subscribers stood at 460.24 million in July 2018. The total number of telephones rose to 1,189.17 million. Maximum rise in total […]

Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award

Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honoured with the ‘International Federation of Film Producers Associations’ ( FIAPF) Award 2018. The award will be given at the ’12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ on 29 November 2018. She will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in […]

Forbes India Leadership Awards 2018 announced

Forbes India Leadership Awards 2018 announced The ‘Forbes India Leadership Awards’ was held on November 22 in Mumbai. The award honours the top executives of companies in India. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited, got the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2018’. Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of Motherson Sumi Systems, got the ‘Entrepreneur for the Year 2018 award’.

Institutions Innovation Council, innovation cell for higher education institutions launched HRD Ministry in New Delhi

Institutions Innovation Council, innovation cell for higher education institutions launched HRD Ministry in New Delhi  HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Institution’s Innovation Councilthrough video conferencing at the AICTE headquarters in New Delhi. The main objective of this initiative is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas.

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and ICC signed MoU for energizing startup ecosystem in East and Northeast India

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and ICC signed MoU for energizing startup ecosystem in East and Northeast India   The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to help facilitate incubation of start-ups primarily in the Eastern and North Eastern states. The main focus on developing start-up ecosystems that […]

India ranked 5th in the list of most vacation deprived nation in the world: Expedia

India ranked 5th in the list of most vacation deprived nation in the world: Expedia   Expedia Vacation Deprivation Report 2018 was released that stated that India is among the most vacation deprived nation in the world ranking 5th among the 19 surveyed countries. As per data, 53 percent of Indians take fewer vacation days than they […]

Saudi and UAE Announced USD 500 Million In Aid To Yemen

Saudi and UAE Announced USD 500 Million In Aid To Yemen   Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced $500 million in aid to war-torn Yemen in response to the dismal humanitarian conditions. The country is on the brink of famine after the long war which continued since 2015 Saudi Arabia and the […]

WTO panels afreed to review U.S. steel, aluminium tariffs

WTO panels afreed to review U.S. steel, aluminium tariffs The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to hear complaints from a range of countries over new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as complaints from Washington over retaliatory duties. The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to establish panels to review U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to hit a long line […]

U.S. suspended USD 1.66 billion assistance to Pakistan

U.S. suspended USD 1.66 billion assistance to Pakistan The U.S. suspended $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan. This happened days after President Donald Trump said the country does not do “a damn thing” for America alleging that its government had helped al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad. Ties between the US and Pakistan […]

Grundfos to invest Rs.25 crore in its new unit by 2020 in Chennai

Grundfos to invest Rs.25 crore in its new unit by 2020 in Chennai  The Indian subsidiary of Denmark-based Grundfos is to set up its third pump production unit by 2020 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It plans to set it up in a State which would offer approvals on fast track. Despite the invitations from several States to […]

Australia and Poland join US rejection of UN migration pact

Australia and Poland join US rejection of UN migration pact  Australia and Polandrefused to sign a UN pact on migration because the agreement would undermine their existing immigration policies. A draft of the agreement, which is not legally binding, was finalized in 2017 after more than a year of work.

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches personal loan facility for salaried individuals

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches personal loan facility for salaried individuals  The Ujjivan small finance bank a wholly owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited introduced a new personal loan scheme for salaried individuals. The 14 tier I and tier II locations where the product will be launched are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Surat, […]

Ducati launched Panigale V4 R in India

Ducati launched Panigale V4 R in India Ducati, the Italian super-bike maker launched Panigale V4 R in India. The bike priced at Rs.51.87 lakh. The new model would be limited to just five units in India and bookings were open across all Ducati dealerships in the country. The Panigale V4 R is powered by a 998-cc engine. It […]

Paytm partners with LIC for insurance premium payments

Paytm partners with LIC for insurance premium payments  Softbank-backed, digital payments service provider, Paytm (One 97 Communications Limited) partnered with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to offer online insurance premium payments on its platform. A simpler and faster method of premium payments will be offered through the Paytm app with the freedom of paying premium […]

Rajesh Exports an order worth Rs.933 crore from UAE

Rajesh Exports an order worth Rs.933 crore from UAE Rajesh Exports, the world’s largest gold refiner, procured an order worth Rs.933 crore from the United Arab Emirates(UAE). The order is to be executed in the month of March 2019. The Bengaluru-based firm has its other refineries located in Uttarakhand and at Balerna in Switzerland. It has a capacity to […]

Sikhs celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Sikhs celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Sikhs celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. They celebrate the birthdays of all of their ten gurus as ‘Gurpurab‘. The birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak is known and celebrated as ‘Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav’.  Sikhs celebrated 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak It is […]

World leaders to participate in virtual climate summit to cut carbon footprint

World leaders to participate in virtual climate summit to cut carbon footprint World leaders are to participate in an innovative climate change summit that is to be taken place entirely online so it is carbon neutral. The eco-friendly event stands in stark contrast to many other international political summits, which involve thousands of delegates jetting across the world to a venue […]

IIC Program launched by HRD ministry

IIC Program launched by HRD ministry The ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ (IIC) program under ‘Innovation cell’ of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) was launched in New Delhi on 21 November 2018. The purpose of formation of network of IICs is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas. MHRD has established […]

‘Bhudaar’ portal launched in Andhra Pradesh

‘Bhudaar’ portal launched in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh launched ‘Bhudaar’ portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers. The ‘Bhudaar’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state. Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar an M-Bhudaar.

National Implementation Committee constituted

National Implementation Committee constituted Prime Minister Narendra Modi constituted a ‘National Implementation Committee’ (NIC) to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in India and abroad. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the Chairman of National Implementation Committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture are the Members of NIC.

Bhadohi got ‘export excellence’ tag

Bhadohi got ‘export excellence’ tag Badohi in Uttar Pradesh has got the ‘export excellence’ tag from the Government of India. It is known for its hand-woven carpets around the world. Under the tag, carpet makers will get financial assistance from the central government to procure modern machines, improve export infrastructure. The status was granted by […]

Manipur’s mega ‘Sangai’ festival inaugurated

Manipur’s mega ‘Sangai’ festival inaugurated Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated Manipur’s annual ‘Sangai’ tourism festival on 21 November 2018. The festival is named after the state animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. The 10-day festival will see various cultural troupes from different parts of the country. The festival was started in 2010.

Credit guarantee process norms changed

Credit guarantee process norms changed The Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) has changed norms to improve credit guarantee process for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE). It will now capture key information on the financial status of the borrowers. The modification will be applicable from 1 December 2018. CGTMSE has been […]

Mexico’s highest honour given to Prof. Ganguly

Mexico’s highest honour given to Prof. Ganguly Professor S.P. Ganguly has been awarded the ‘Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle’ on 20 November 2018. The award is the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico. The award was in recognition of his outstanding work in the study of the Spanish language and Mexican […]

Youngest-ever goodwill ambassador appointed

Youngest-ever goodwill ambassador appointed British actress Millie Bobby Brown was named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador on 21 November 2018. She is the youngest person ever to be appointed as the UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. As a Goodwil Ambassador, she will use her global platform to raise awareness of children’s rights and issues affecting […]

Abhijit Bose named WhatsApp India Head

Abhijit Bose named WhatsApp India Head On 21 November 2018, WhatsApp named Abhijit Bose as its India Head. He will join the WhatsApp in early 2019 and will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California. He was the co-founder of Ezetap, an electronic payments company.

Conference on tuberculosis in India in 2019

Conference on tuberculosis in India in 2019 The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Hyderabad in 2019. The conference ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’ will be held from 30 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. The conference will be organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

First batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji

First batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji On 21 November 2018, Veteran cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. Jaffer, who plays for Vidarbha, achieved the feat on day two of the Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. He has played 31 Tests and two One-Day Internationals for […]

Abu Dhabi to host India-UAE Strategic Conclave

Abu Dhabi to host India-UAE Strategic Conclave The UAE will host the second edition of ‘India-UAE Strategic Conclave’ on 27 November 2018. The day-long conference will be held in Abu Dhabi. It will initiate dialogues to widen the scope of bilateral investments between the two countries. The conclave aims to improve the connection between the […]

WCCB got Asia Environment Enforcement Award

WCCB got Asia Environment Enforcement Award On 21 November 2018, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has got the ‘Asia Environment Enforcement Award 2018’. It was awarded for its work in combating trans-boundary environmental crimes. This is the 2nd time in a row that the awards are being given by UN Environment to India. WCCB […]

SBM appointed Sidharth Rath as MD

SBM appointed Sidharth Rath as MD On 21 November 2018, State Bank of Mauritius (SBM-India) has appointed Sidharth Rath as its Managing Director (MD). He was with Axis Bank as the Group Executive and Head of Corporate, Transaction Banking, and International Banking. SBM has received the licence from Reserve Bank of India to operate as […]

Sushma Swaraj began her Laos visit on Nov 22

Sushma Swaraj began her Laos visit on Nov 22 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj began her two-day visit to Laos from 22 November 2018. She will co-chair the 9th Meeting of ‘India-Laos Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation’. The joint commission meeting will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries in various areas. The capital […]

Four new horned frogs discovered

Four new horned frogs discovered Four new species of horned frogs have been discovered in Himalayan regions of Northeast India. They were discovered by a team of biologists from Delhi University, University College Dublin and the National Museum (UK). The four new Indian species are Himalayan horned frog; the Garo white-lipped horned frog; the Yellow […]

‘Land Reforms Bill’ passed in West Bengal

‘Land Reforms Bill’ passed in West Bengal On 19 November 2018, the West Bengal Assembly passed the ‘West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill’, 2018 to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal. The Bill will help in the distribution of land-right documents to the people of the enclaves in the border district of Cooch […]

Himachal govt approved Sashakt Mahila Yojna

Himachal govt approved Sashakt Mahila Yojna The Himachal Pradesh government has approved to implement ‘Sashakt Mahila Yojna’ in the state. The scheme will empower rural women by providing them with an interface for socio-economic development. The scheme will link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities and also improve their skill by imparting training.

India & Australia signed five agreements

India & Australia signed five agreements On 22 November 2018, India and Australia signed five agreements to boost investments and enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and education. The agreements were signed after President Ram Nath Kovind met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney. President Kovind is the first-ever Indian President to […]

J&K Assembly dissolved by Governor

J&K Assembly dissolved by Governor Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the State Assembly on 21 November 2018. The Governor cited four main reasons for dissolving the Assembly with immediate effect. These include extensive horse-trading and possible exchange of money and the impossibility of forming a stable government by parties with opposing political ideologies.

Maldives to rejoin the Commonwealth after 2 years

Maldives to rejoin the Commonwealth after 2 years  The new president of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies after a two-year absence. Maldives left the Commonwealth during former President Abdulla Yameen‘s administration in October 2016, amid mounting pressure over corruption and deteriorating human rights.

Chennai Airport awarded for 100% Grievance Redressal

Chennai Airport awarded for 100% Grievance Redressal The Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu, and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha launched the upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 web portal and mobile app in New Delhi. The Ministry of Civil Aviation launched AirSewa web portal and mobile app […]

Bosch appliances arm to invest Euro 100 mn in different sectors over the next 4 years

Bosch appliances arm to invest Euro 100 mn in different sectors over the next 4 years Bosch Home Appliances plans to invest €100 million over the next four years into different sectors such as personalized solutions, brand building, strengthening its technology centre, and setting up a robust refrigerator factory in India. Bosch is developing solutions based on the […]

India, Russia sign $500-mn deal to build 2 warships in Goa

India, Russia sign $500-mn deal to build 2 warships in Goa  The Goa Shipyard Limited and Russia’s Rosoboronexport signed the agreement for the Grigorovich-class ‘Project 11356’ frigates with technology transfer from Russia. The construction of the warships will begin in 2020 and the first one will be delivered in 2026, while second one will be ready by 2027. India inked an Inter-Governmental Agreement […]

India slips 2 places on ‘Global Talent Ranking’; Switzerland on top

India slips 2 places on ‘Global Talent Ranking’; Switzerland on top India has slipped two places to rank 53rd on a global annual talent ranking released by IMD Business School Switzerland. While Switzerland has topped the global ranking for the fifth year in a row, it is followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands in the top-five. Within Asia, Singapore has topped the charts with a global […]

UN General Assembly adopts 1st resolution on sexual harassment

UN General Assembly adopts 1st resolution on sexual harassment  The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on sexual harassment, the first of its kind at the world body. The resolution urges countries to address the discrimination faced by women that makes them vulnerable to exploitation, violence and abuse. It also urges states to ensure the promotion and protection of […]

Technical snag hits the first reactor of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project

Technical snag hits the first reactor of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project The first reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), which resumed power generation only on 17th November stopped operations due to a technical snag in the turbine section. The reactor resumed its function after being idle for about 108 days. KKNPP has not given the details on the nature of […]

Global education monitoring report 2019 released by UNESCO

Global education monitoring report 2019 released by UNESCO   The report shows that the number of migrant and refugee school-age children around the world today has grown by 26% since 2000 and could fill half a million classrooms. The literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration. About 80% of seasonal migrant children in seven cities lacked access to education […]

India and World Bank Sign $310 million Loan Agreement For Jharkhand

India and World Bank Sign $310 million Loan Agreement For Jharkhand  The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank signed in New Delhi a $310 million Loan Agreement for Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project to provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24×7 electricity to the citizens of Jharkhand. The Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project […]

Twenty Seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in New Delhi

Twenty Seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in New Delhi  The meeting was chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India. Ministers welcomed the 184 ratifications, till date, of the Paris Agreement adopted under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). He listed their priorities under the Paris Agreement […]

Jio partnered with KDDI for international roaming on VoLTE

Jio partnered with KDDI for international roaming on VoLTE Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.partnered with KDDI Corporation launched Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE)-based inbound international roaming between India and Japan. This service makes the international roamers and the Japanese travelers in India to enjoy HD voice and LTE high-speed data. Japan-based KDDI Corporation is the first international service […]

Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced in Jaipur

Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced in Jaipur  Army’s Indo-US Joint Special Forces Exercise 2018 commenced on November 19 at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner and will conclude on December 2. The American Special Forces will carry out 12 days rigorous joint training in semi desert and rural terrain with an aim to enhance the inter-operability of the two […]

(Bada Loot) Fynd App – Get Rs.5100 On Sign Up+Rs.5000 Per Refer (Free Shopping)

Fynd App Free Shopping – Hi Guys, Here Comes Fynd Loot again , Just Sign Up With Below Process And You Will Get The Rs.1600 On Signup Also When You Refer Your Friend You Will Get Another Rs.1500 Update : 28th November You Can Use Your 80% Referral Cash On Fynd Flash Sale On Online […]

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in Fortune Business Person of the Year 2018 list

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in Fortune Business Person of the Year 2018 list The list ranks 20 business executives delivering on the bottom line and beyond. Fifty-six-year-old Shantanu Narayen ranks 12th on the list. The list is topped by Tricia Griffith, CEO of insurance company Progressive.

China unveils the world’s first underground hotel

China unveils the world’s first underground hotel Shanghai unveiled the world’s first underground hotel, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, buried 90 metres deep in an old quarry. Built in the Sheshan Mountain Range, on the hem of Shangai, the ritzy hotel costs $287.9 million. The property was built by British firm Atkins, also behind the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and skyscraper Landmark 81 […]

NASA picked ancient Martian river delta for Mars 2020 rover landing

NASA picked ancient Martian river delta for Mars 2020 rover landing NASA has picked Jezero Crater, an ancient river delta, as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover. The Mars 2020 mission is to hunt for evidence of past life on the earth’s neighboring planet. Even though the Red Planet is now cold and dry, the […]

Malaria cases declined by 24% in India: WHO report

Malaria cases declined by 24% in India: WHO report   The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report stated that India is the only country to have recorded a substantial decline in malaria cases in 2017 out of the 11 highest burden countries worldwide. India accounted for 4 percent of global malaria cases in 2017. As reflected in this year’s World malaria report, […]

Indo Japan Business Councils Business Festival Held In Pune

Indo Japan Business Councils Business Festival Held In Pune   The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), hosted KONNICHI WA PUNE – a first of its kind business festival in Pune. The festival was aimed to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan.

UNESCO along with World Jewish congress launched Holocaust education website

UNESCO along with World Jewish congress launched Holocaust education website The U.N. culture and education agency has teamed up with the World Jewish Congress and launched “Facts about the Holocaust ” site at the cultural agency’s Paris headquarters. The “Fact about the Holocaust” site is a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. The site features a trove of historical information about […]

Dr Jitendra Singh releases book Radio Kashmir in Times of Peace & War written by Dr Rajesh Bhat

Dr Jitendra Singh releases book Radio Kashmir in Times of Peace & War written by Dr Rajesh Bhat  The book published by Stellar Publishers. The book explains the role played by Radio Kashmir in serving the people of Kashmir and strengthening democratic institutions in Kashmir, since the inception of Radio Kashmir in 1947. Dr Rajesh Bhat […]

Environment Ministry approved to induce artificial rain via cloud seeding to clear smog in Delhi

Environment Ministry approved to induce artificial rain via cloud seeding to clear smog in Delhi The Environment Ministry approved a project led by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to induce artificial rain via cloud seeding in Delhi. The objective is toclear smog in Delhi. The success of the project depends on the presence of a minimum quantity of […]

The domestic LPG price touched Rs.1,000 in Karnataka

The domestic LPG price touched Rs.1,000 in Karnataka The price of non-subsidised domestic LPG (14.2-kg cylinder)has increased around Rs.1,000 mark in most parts of Karnataka. Besides the base price, with taxes and duties, LPG retail price at a particular city is determined by the distance from the bottling plant. LPG requirements in Bidar are catered to by the Belagavi bottling […]

Mary Kom enter semi-finals of Women’s World Boxing Championships

Mary Kom enter semi-finals of Women’s World Boxing Championships   MC Marry Kom, Lovlina Borgohain, Sonia Chahal and Simranjit Kaur enter the semifinals and assure India of four medals on day 6 of the Women’s World Championships in New Delhi. In the quarterfinals, Mary Kom defeated China’s Wu Yu 5-0 and Lovlina beat Kaye Scott of […]

‘Mere Pyaare Prime Minister’ only Asian film screened at Rome Film Festival

‘Mere Pyaare Prime Minister’ only Asian film screened at Rome Film Festival   Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s upcoming film ‘Mere Pyaare Prime Minister’ was the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival. The film revolves around four children living in a Mumbai slum. One of them wants to build a toilet for […]

Universal Children’s Day: 20 November

Universal Children’s Day: 20 November Universal Children’s Day is observed on 20 November every year. The aim of the day is to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954. On 20 November 1989, the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the […]

Jalaj Srivastava is IWAI chairman

Jalaj Srivastava is IWAI chairman Jalaj Srivastava has been appointed the Chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on 19 November 2018. He is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. At present, he is working as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. The IWAI comes under the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road […]

‘World Malaria Report 2018’ released by WHO

‘World Malaria Report 2018’ released by WHO 21 World Health Organisation (WHO) has released ‘World Malaria Report 2018’ on 19 November 2018. According to the report, India and 10 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa accounted for around 70% of estimated malaria cases (151 million) and deaths (274,000) in 2017. India registered a 24% decrease in malaria cases in […]

Africa Industrialisation Day: 20 November

Africa Industrialisation Day: 20 November ‘Africa Industrialisation Day’ is observed on 20 November every year. It’s a day dedicated to raising necessary awareness about Industrialisation in Africa. 2018 Theme: ‘Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africa’s structural transformation, industrialization and pharmaceutical production’

‘Ease of Doing Business Challenge’ launched

‘Ease of Doing Business Challenge’ launched The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the ‘Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge’ on 19 November 2018. The objective of this challenge is to invite innovative ideas based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other cutting-edge technology to reform Government processes. The platform for […]

AirSewa 2.0 portal and app unveiled

AirSewa 2.0 portal and app unveiled 17 The Ministry of Civil Aviation has introduced the upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 web portal and mobile app for air travellers. Major improvements include features such as secure sign-up and log-in with social media, chatbot for travellers support, and improved grievance management. The web portal and application will […]

Military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced

Military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced The joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ between India and the United States commenced in Jaipur on 19 November 2018. The aim is to enhance the interoperability of the two armed forces. The armies will train on different aspects including hostage rescue, building intervention, desert survival, medical aid and combat firing.

‘Global education monitoring report’ released

‘Global education monitoring report’ released ‘Global education monitoring report 2019’ was released by UNESCO on 19 November 2018. According to the report, the literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration. About 80% of seasonal migrant children in seven cities lacked access to education near work sites. The report said that the construction […]

‘Women Empowerment campaign’ launched

‘Women Empowerment campaign’ launched ‘Nari Sashaktikaran Sankalp Abhiyan’ or Women Empowerment campaign was launched in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 20 November 2018. The month-long campaign is aimed to empower women in the state through various programmes. The campaign will educate women about the schemes being run by central and state governments for their welfare and […]

RBI’s new body to look into PCA issues

RBI’s new body to look into PCA issues On 19 November 2018, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Central Board decided to constitute a ‘Board for Financial Supervision’ (BFS). BFS will examin