Month: October 2018

Re-appointment of Aditya Puri as MD approved

Re-appointment of Aditya Puri as MD approved The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the re-appointment of Aditya Puri as Managing Director of the HDFC bank for another two years. Aditya Puri has been with the bank since 1994, making him the longest-serving head of any private bank in the country. Shareholders had already approved […]

Toxic air killed over 1 lakh children in India

Toxic air killed over 1 lakh children in India The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a report titled ‘Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air’. Over 1.25 lakh children in India below the age of five died in 2016 due to the impact of polluted air. The report said household air pollution from […]

EWDS system launched by Odisha CM

EWDS system launched by Odisha CM Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) and the mass message system. EWDS was launched on the occasion of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day, which is observed on 29th October 2018. The EWDS will warn the people residing along the coast in the state through the alert siren […]

India Mobile Congress 2018 concluded

India Mobile Congress 2018 concluded India Mobile Congress(IMC) 2018 concluded on 27 October 2018. The theme for IMC 2018 was ‘New Digital Horizons – Connect. Create. Innovate’. Delegations from 20 countries participated in the event, which saw more than 300 companies showcasing their latest and best technologies, products, services, and applications.

India is Asia’s most investment savvy economy

India is Asia’s most investment savvy economy Standard Chartered has released a new study titled ‘The Emerging Affluent Study 2018– Climbing the Prosperity Ladder’. India has emerged as the most investment-savvy economy in Asia. More than two-thirds of India’s affluent class prefer to use various investment products to achieve their financial goals and greater social mobility.

China-France launched oceanography satellite

China-France launched oceanography satellite China has launched an ‘Oceanography Satellite’ on 29th October 2018. The ‘China-France Oceanography Satellite’ (CFOSAT) is the first satellite jointly built by China and France. The satellite will help scientists to predict dangerous cyclones and climate change by monitoring ocean surface winds and waves.

Urdu writer Qazi Abdussattar passed away

Urdu writer Qazi Abdussattar passed away Professor Qazi Abdussattar passed away on 29 October 2018. He was a noted Urdu writer and former head of Aligarh Muslim University’s Urdu department He was awarded Padma Shri in 1974. He was also the first recipient of Ghalib Academy Award in 1978. His most famous short story ‘Peetal Ka […]

First container movement on inland waterways

First container movement on inland waterways Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) transported container cargo belonging to food and beverage giant ‘PepsiCo’ from Kolkata to Varanasi (National Waterway-1). This would be India’s first container movement on the inland vessel. The vessel, called MV RN Tagore will take 9-10 days to reach Varanasi. National Waterway-1 runs from Haldia to […]

WWF’s ‘Living Planet’ report released

WWF’s ‘Living Planet’ report released World Wide Fund (WWF) has released a report titled ‘The Living Planet’. Australia’s east coast has been compared to the Amazon as a “deforestation front” in the new global report. The report said that global vertebrate populations are declining at a rate of 13.6% a decade. The global populations of […]

Justice Bist sworn in as Sikkim High Court CJ

Justice Bist sworn in as Sikkim High Court CJ Justice Vijai Kumar Bist was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court on 30 October 2018. Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office to Justice Vijai Kumar Bist. Bist was appointed as one of the judges in Uttarakhand High Court in November […]

National Summit on Public Health Care begins

National Summit on Public Health Care begins The 5th ‘National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India’ began at Kaziranga in Assam on 30 October 2018. The summit was organised by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The objective of the summit is to share […]

Supreme Court bans old vehicles in NCR

Supreme Court bans old vehicles in NCR The Supreme Court has prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi NCR due to the prevailing pollution situation. Such vehicles would be impounded if found on the roads in Delhi-NCR. SC directed that a list of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles be published […]

SC allowed States to fix 2 hour duration

SC allowed States to fix 2 hour duration The Supreme Court on 30th October 2018 modified its order fixing a slot of 8 pm to 10 pm for bursting firecrackers on Diwali. SC said that the timing will be changed in places such as Tamil Nadu and Puducherry but not exceed two hours a day. It also […]

Upgradation of 17 Dornier Aircraft approved

Upgradation of 17 Dornier Aircraft approved The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) gave approval for the mid-life Upgrade of 17 Dornier Aircraft of Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The upgrades will be carried out by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The ICG has a fleet of Dornier aircraft which play a pivotal role in maritime surveillance. DAC is chaired by […]

Michael Higgins re-elected as Irish President

Michael Higgins re-elected as Irish President Michael D Higgins has been re-elected as Irish President after receiving 56% of the country’s electoral vote. Businessman Peter Casey came second with 23.1% votes. The President is Ireland’s ‘first citizen’, but has limited power – the role is mainly symbolic and he or she cannot get involved in daily […]

India-Japan Summit to be held in Tokyo

India-Japan Summit to be held in Tokyo Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the Thirteenth India-Japan Bilateral Summit in Tokyo on 29 October 2018. The two sides will also be exploring ways of boosting defence and strategic partnership further. In the summit, the leaders of both nations will review the progress made since 2017 in various agreed areas […]

Bolsonaro won Brazilian Presidency

Bolsonaro won Brazilian Presidency Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil on 28 October 2018. He defeated leftist opponent Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro was declared the winner by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal after 94% of the votes were counted. Bolsonaro will take office on 1st January 2019.

Ayhika Mukherjee won silver medal

Ayhika Mukherjee won silver medal Indian table tennis player Ayhika Mukherjee won the silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles category of the ITTF Challenge Belgium Open. She lost to Korea’s Youjin Kim in the final. In the semifinals, Ayhika had defeated Hong Kong’s Chengzhu Zhu to enter the finals.

Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as ED chief

Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as ED chief The government of India appointed Indian Revenue Service officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED). He has been given additional charge of the post of Director for a period of three months. The ED enforces two major laws in the country to check black money: The criminal […]

India & Pakistan declared joint winners

India & Pakistan declared joint winners In Men’s Hockey, India and Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy at Muscat in Oman on 28th October 2018. The tournament director declared both teams as winners after the match was called off due to heavy rain. Before this edition, both India and Pakistan had won the […]

Khalin Joshi won Panasonic Open

Khalin Joshi won Panasonic Open Indian golfer Khalin Joshi clinched the Panasonic Open India title at the Delhi Golf Club on 28th October 2018. Joshi became the seventh Indian to win the Panasonic Open India. It was also his maiden Asian Tour title. With this success, Joshi joined the list of 25 Indians who have so far […]

1st robotic dinosaurs gallery inaugurated

1st robotic dinosaurs gallery inaugurated India’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was inaugurated on 27th October 2018 at the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab. The new gallery will display the story of birth and evolution of dinosaurs. A total of 7 moving dinosaurs, made from steel and silica gel with durable motors, have been added to […]

India donated 3 lakh Dollars for peacekeeping

India donated 3 lakh Dollars for peacekeeping The Indian government donated about US$ 300,000 for the ‘Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme’. The programme will, over a period of three years, help develop the capacity of future commanders and managers to lead by example and raise awareness of UN standards. India is one of the largest troop-contributing […]

Roger Federer won Swiss Indoors

Roger Federer won Swiss Indoors Roger Federer won Swiss Indoors title in Basel on 28th  October 2018. He defeated Marius Copil in the final. It is his 99th career title. The Swiss Indoors is a professional men’s tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. Since 2009 it has been part of the World Tour 500 Series of […]

SBI, Hitachi Payments form JV

SBI, Hitachi Payments form JV State Bank of India (SBI) formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd to create a digital payment network Hitachi Payments will invest 26% in SBI Payment Services Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBI. The JV agreement is subject to requisite regulatory approvals. The JV will provide […]

1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan

1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan The United Arab Emirates’ first locally made satellite was launched from Japan on 29th October 2018. The ‘KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite’ was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). UAE also aims to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019.

Electoral bonds sale to begin from November 1

Electoral bonds sale to begin from November 1 The sixth phase of sale of electoral bonds will take place from 1 November to 10 November 2018. State Bank of India (SBI) has been authorised to issue and encash electoral bonds through its 29 authorised branches. These bonds have a life of 15 days from the date of issue. Eligible political parties are […]

North East Olympic Games concluded

North East Olympic Games concluded The 1st edition of ‘North East Olympic Games’ concluded in Imphal on 28th October 2018. Manipur secured the top spot in the medal tally followed by Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Athletes from the eight northeastern states competed in 12 different disciplines at the sporting event that began on October 24. The 2nd edition of North […]

Trials of ‘Train 18’ began

Trials of ‘Train 18’ began Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, was unveiled on 29th October 2018. Train 18 will undergo short runs near Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF) for five days for testing its braking system, the on board air conditioning and other systems. The train can travel up to the speed at 160 kilometres per hour […]

Governors’ panel submits report

Governors’ panel submits report A committee of governors set up by President Ram Nath Kovind, submitted its report on doubling farm income on 26 October 2018. It recommended developing climate-resilient and input-efficient crop varieties. It has made 21 major recommendations for doubling the income of farmers. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik is the head of the panel.

Arunachal, British Council signed MoU

Arunachal, British Council signed MoU The Arunachal Pradesh government signed a MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation. As per the MOU, as many as 50 faculty members from government higher education institutions will be trained by the British Council every year, starting from December. 50 students of higher and technical education […]

Justice Bopanna sworn in as CJ of Gauhati HC

Justice Bopanna sworn in as CJ of Gauhati HC Justice Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court on 29 October 2018. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Justice Bopanna. Justice Bopanna was appointed as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court […]

24th edition of Technology Summit at New Delhi

24th edition of Technology Summit at New Delhi India will host the 24th edition of Technology Summit with Italy as the partner country. The two-day summit will be inaugurated on 29th October 2018. This is the first time that Italy has been selected as a partner country for this prestigious event. The Summit is envisaged to […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa became new PM of Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapaksa became new PM of Sri Lanka Former President Mahinda Rajapakse was sworn in as the new Prime minister of Sri Lanka. He replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mr. Rajapaksa was administered the oath by the President Maithripala Sirisena at his office in Colombo.

Women of India National Organic Festival

Women of India National Organic Festival 21 The 5th edition of the ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’ was inaugurated at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. The Festival celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs/producers and farmers in the organic field from across India. Festival will have producers and manufacturers of Organic […]

‘Experiencing North East’ festival begun

‘Experiencing North East’ festival begun The ‘Experiencing North East’ festival depicting the uniqueness of North Eastern culture is being organised at India International Centre, Delhi from 27th-31st October 2018. The festival is a part of Destination North East series. It is being organised by the North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region […]

BEML received Top Challengers’ Award

BEML received Top Challengers’ Award Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking, under the Ministry of Defence, received the prestigious ‘Top Challengers Award 2018’. It won the prize for the excellent performance during the financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment-Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors. The […]

IDFC Bank to be renamed as IDFC First Bank

IDFC Bank to be renamed as IDFC First Bank IDFC Bank proposed to change its name to ‘IDFC First Bank Ltd’ in the wake of its amalgamation with the non-banking financial company Capital First. The decision was taken during the meeting of the Board of Directors of IDFC Bank. The proposal now needs the approval […]

Railways to build world’s highest railway line

Railways to build world’s highest railway line Indian Railways is building the world’s highest rail lines that will connect Ladakh with Delhi. The location survey of the first phase is complete. The final location survey is expected to be completed in 30 months after which a detailed project report will be finalised. The national transporter plans […]

2nd Int. Conference On Primary Health Care

2nd Int. Conference On Primary Health Care JP Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare addressed the ‘Second Plenary Session of ‘2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care towards UHC & SDGs’, at Astana, Kazakhstan. The conference aims to renew the commitment to primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development […]

RBI to inject Rs 40,000 crore in November

RBI to inject Rs 40,000 crore in November The Reserve Bank said it will inject Rs 40,000 crore into the system in November through the purchase of government securities. The central bank had already injected Rs 36,000 crore into the system in October. An open market operation (OMO) is an activity by a central bank […]

WB approves funds for Bangladesh’s bridges

WB approves funds for Bangladesh’s bridges The World Bank has approved $425 million to improve road connections in Bangladesh. It will be done through the building, maintaining and improving rural bridges in a programme that will benefit two-thirds of the country’s people. The ‘Operation For Supporting Rural Bridges Programme’ will maintain 85,000 m of bridges and […]

Punjab signs MoUs with Israel

Punjab signs MoUs with Israel The Punjab government has signed four MoUs with Israeli institutions to address issues of farmers and depleting groundwater level in the state. The MoUs were signed in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The MoUs will help boost cooperation between Punjab and Israel in areas such as water […]

Varun became ambassador of ARENA Channel

Varun became ambassador of ARENA Channel Maruti Suzuki India announced Bollywood Superstar Varun Dhawan as the brand ambassador for Maruti Suzuki ARENA channel. The youth icon will be the face of Maruti Suzuki’s new marketing campaign ‘A destination called you. A feeling called Maruti Suzuki ARENA.’ The Car Maker is working on the transformation of […]

Asma Jahangir won UN Human Rights Prize

Asma Jahangir won UN Human Rights Prize Pakistan’s human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has been posthumously awarded the UN Prize along with three other winners. Rebeca Gyumi of Tanzania, Brazil’s first indigenous lawyer Joenia Wapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders are the other winners of the prize. The Prize is […]

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage The 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated on October 27. Its theme is “Your Story is Moving”. The General Conference of UNESCO approved the commemoration of a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in 2005 as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need to preserve and safeguard […]

2nd Guwahati International Film Festival began

2nd Guwahati International Film Festival began The second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF 2018) began in Assam. The week-long festival will witness the screening of more than 100 films from 50 countries. The theme of GIFF 2018 is: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. The focus region is the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region. […]

Sourav Kothari clinched World Billiards C’ship

Sourav Kothari clinched World Billiards C’ship India’s Sourav Kothari defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 1134-944 to clinch the 2018 World Billiards Championship title at Leeds in the UK. The former national and Asian Billiards champion Kothari was pipped at the post for the coveted World Billiards crown on two occasions in the last two years.

Indigenously overhauled Su-30MKI given to IAF

Indigenously overhauled Su-30MKI given to IAF The 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force in Maharashtra’s Nashik district handed over its first indigenously overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet to the IAF. The ceremony was held at the Air Force Station Ojhar. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority aircraft developed […]

Roopam won World Health Summit Startup Award

Roopam won World Health Summit Startup Award Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018. He won for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired. He is the youngest person to be recognized as one of the top innovators under […]

IFFCO biggest Cooperative in the World: Report

IFFCO biggest Cooperative in the World: Report Fertiliser major IFFCO announced that it has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world by ‘Word Cooperative Monitor’ report 2018. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) publish the world cooperative monitor report. The report was based […]

Meenakshi Chaudhary won 1st runner-up title

Meenakshi Chaudhary won 1st runner-up title India’s Meenakshi Chaudhary has been crowned the first runner-up of Miss Grand International 2018 at the sixth edition of the pageant held in Myanmar. Chaudhary was narrowly edged out by Paraguay’s Clara Sosa for the top honour. Sosa succeeds Miss Grand International 2017 Maria Jose Lora of Peru. She […]

International Arya Mahasammelan inaugurated

International Arya Mahasammelan inaugurated The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Arya Mahasammelan on 25 October 2018 in Delhi. This is the 11th such international Arya Mahasammelan since 2006. Issues such as prevention of superstition, modernisation, women empowerment, tribal welfare, and management of natural calamities will be discussed at the convention.

Vigilance Awareness Week 2018

Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 will be observed by the Central Vigilance Commission from 29 October to 3 November 2018. The theme for Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 is ‘Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India’. ‘Awareness Gram Sabhas’ are also organised for the dissemination of awareness in Gram Panchayats (in rural and semi-urban areas) to sensitise […]

PM Modi on a two-day visit to Japan

PM Modi on a two-day visit to Japan Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two-day visit to Japan from 28 October 2018. The Prime Minister will attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit. He will also hold bilateral talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will visit Yamanashi prefecture at the foothills of Mount […]

India set to be third largest aviation market

India set to be third largest aviation market According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), India will be the third largest aviation market globally, a year sooner than was earlier predicted. It is now expected to be among the top three countries by 2024 from its current seventh position. IATA said that air passenger numbers worldwide could […]

Reliance Naval launched training ship

Reliance Naval launched training ship ICGS Varuna, an indigenously-designed training vessel built by Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL) for the Indian Coast Guard, was launched on 24 October 2018. The vessel’s primary role is to impart sea training to cadets of Indian Coast Gaurd (ICG). The vessel is 105 meters long and has a capacity […]

Saurabh Kumar appointed Ambassador to Myanmar

Saurabh Kumar appointed Ambassador to Myanmar Senior diplomat Saurabh Kumar has been appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar. Saurabh Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as the Indian envoy in Iran. Kumar will succeed Vikram Misri who has been serving as Indian envoy in Myanmar since August 31, 2016. Misri was […]

Five high courts got new Chief Justices-I

Five high courts got new Chief Justices-I High courts of Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Calcutta, Gauhati and Bombay.got new Chief Justices on 24 October 2018. Justice Ramesh Rangnath, a judge of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court has been appointed Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. Vijai Kumar Bist, a judge of the Uttarakhand High […]

Five high courts got new Chief Justices-II

Five high courts got new Chief Justices-II Debasis Kar Gupta, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, has been appointed Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Justice Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna, a judge of the Karnataka High Court, has been appointed Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court. Justice Naresh Harishchandra Patil, a judge of the Bombay High […]

NSE Indices launched Nifty 500 Value 50 index

NSE Indices launched Nifty 500 Value 50 index NSE Indices Limited launched a new index, ‘Nifty 500 Value 50’, on 24 October 2018. The index will track the performance of select ‘value’ companies based on price multiples and dividend yield. The index consists of 50 companies from its parent Nifty 500 index, selected based on their ‘value’ […]

Ban on BS-IV vehicles from 2020

Ban on BS-IV vehicles from 2020 The Supreme Court banned the sale and registration of motor vehicles conforming to the emission standard Bharat Stage-IV in the entire country from April 1, 2020. Bharat stage (BS) emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS IV […]

Punjab government banned sale of herbicide

Punjab government banned sale of herbicide The Punjab government has banned the sale of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a herbicide which is extensively used in the State to control a wide variety of weeds in almost all the crops. The chemical has been observed to be a Group 2A cancer-causing material. This chemical is also known for […]

IAI signed missile defence deal with India

IAI signed missile defence deal with India Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a US$ 777 million defence contract with India. Under the contract, IAI will supply ‘Barak 8’ long-range surface-to-air defence missiles and missile defence systems for the Indian Navy. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will be the main manufacturer for the project. The IAI is Israel’s […]

GoM constituted by government of India

GoM constituted by government of India A Group of Ministers (GoM) has been constituted by the government of India to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. The Group of Ministers will be chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. It will recommend action required […]

Extradition treaty with Malawi approved

Extradition treaty with Malawi approved The Union Cabinet has approved the signing and ratification of the Extradition Treaty between India and Malawi on 24 October 2018. The treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country in Africa. The capital […]

Cabinet nod to panel on SDGs

Cabinet nod to panel on SDGs The Union Cabinet has approved the constitution of a High-Level Steering Committee for periodically reviewing and refining the National Indicator Framework (NIF) for monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The committee will be chaired by Pravin Shrivastava, Chief Statistician of India. The committee would recommend measures to “mainstream” SDGs into […]

Appointment of Adjudicating Authority approved

Appointment of Adjudicating Authority approved The government of India approved setting up of Appellate Tribunal and Adjudicating Authority for speedy disposal of cases related to benami transactions. The Adjudicating Authority and Appellate Tribunal will be based in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Appointment of the Adjudicating Authority would provide first stage review of administrative action […]

MoU on on Environmental Cooperation approved

MoU on on Environmental Cooperation approved The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among the BRICS Nations on Environmental Cooperation. The MoU was signed during the 10th BRICS Summit in July 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The MoU shall facilitate the exchange of experiences, best practices among the […]

MoU amongst BRICS nations approved

MoU amongst BRICS nations approved The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among BRICS regarding cooperation in the social and labour sphere. The MoU was signed on 3 August 2018 during BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers (LEM) Meeting. In the MoU, the parties including India have agreed to cooperate and hold mutual […]

Creation of FIDF approved by Union Cabinet

Creation of FIDF approved by Union Cabinet The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for the creation of special  Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF). FIDF would provide concessional finance to State Governments / UTs and State entities, cooperatives, individuals and entrepreneurs etc. The credit from the fund will help generate […]

Gogha- Dahej Ferry service ready to start

Gogha- Dahej Ferry service ready to start Gogha- Dahej Ro-Pax Ferry service will be inaugurated in Gujarat on 27 October 2018. The ferry service is a part of Sagarmala programme of the Ministry of Shipping. The ferry service has a carrying capacity of 100 vehicles and 500 passengers. The ferry will travel through the sea […]

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runs

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runs India cricket captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 one-day international runs. Kohli made 10,000 ODI runs in 205 innings while Sachin Tendulkar took 259 innings. Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th ever to reach 10000 ODI runs. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, […]

IFFCO biggest cooperative in the world

IFFCO biggest cooperative in the world Fertiliser major ‘IFFCO’ has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world by ‘Word Cooperative Monitor’ report 2018. The report has been published by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse). IFFCO has nearly 36,000 member co-operatives and a […]

Malayalam author won first JCB Prize 2018

Malayalam author won first JCB Prize 2018 Malayalam author Benyamin has bagged the inaugural ‘JCB Prize for literature’ for his book ‘Jasmine Days’. The book explores the lives of South Asians in the Middle East. Benyamin was awarded a cash prize of ₹25 lakh and a trophy. JCB Prize for Literature is an Indian literary […]

European Parliament bans single-use plastics

European Parliament bans single-use plastics The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics in an effort to tackle pollution in seas, fields and waterways. Items such as plastic straws, cotton swabs, disposable plastic plates and cutlery would be banned by 2021. There are also measures to ensure that 90% […]

Military exercise ‘Iron Magic 19’ begins

Military exercise ‘Iron Magic 19’ begins The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US on 21 October 2018 kicked off a two-week military exercise named ‘Iron Magic 19’. The exercise seeks to reinforce cooperation, joint actions and exchange of expertise in military areas. The last ‘Iron Magic’ military exercise was held in 2017.

WDCs 14th Annual general meeting to be held in Mumbai, India

WDCs 14th Annual general meeting to be held in Mumbai, India The World Diamond Council (WDC) is to hold its 14th annual general meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on October 22 -23, 2018. It will focus on reform of the Kimberley Process and WDC System of Warranties in support of a commitment to sustainable development by the diamond industry. Kimberley process is established in 2000 to prevent ‘conflict […]

Pakistans PM Imran to attend Saudi investment conference

Pakistans PM Imran to attend Saudi investment conference  Pakistan Foreign Office announced that the Prime Minister Imran Khan is to attend a high-profile investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid a string of cancellations from top global business leaders over the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Foreign Office said Prime Minister Khan will visit Riyadh on October 23 on […]

Seven snake eggs were incubated and released into the wild

Seven snake eggs were incubated and released into the wild A clutch of seven tiny snakes was released into the wild after spending nearly 80 days in an incubator at the civic body’s Wildlife Paramedical Centre, Karnataka. While incubating the snakes resembled no more than little worms. A BBMP wildliferescue volunteer rescued the clutch of seven snake eggs from a sump in […]

Adith won AITA championship series tennis tournament

Adith won AITA championship series tennis tournament Second seed Adith Amarnath of Karnataka won the boys’ under-14 title in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) championship series tennis tournament in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Adith defeated fourth seed Kandhavel Mahalingam of Tamil Nadu 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final. The results (finals): Boys:  Under-14: Adith Amarnath bt Kandhavel Mahalingam 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Under-12: Jason […]

Scientist developed new skin gel that protects from some pesticides

Scientist developed new skin gel that protects from some pesticides Indian researchers developed a gel which, when applied on the skin, can inhibit some pesticides from getting absorbed into the body. It thus averts serious adverse effects and even death. Organophosphate-based pesticides, which are commonly used by farmers in India, are toxic to the nervous system […]

NASA Space Apps challenge 2018 on DSU campus

NASA Space Apps challenge 2018 on DSU campus The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s(NASA) Space Apps challenge 2018 Hackathon has been organised at Dayananda Sagar University (DSU), Kudlu Gate campus, on Hosur Road. It is a two-day event. DSU has invited entries from school and college students. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technologists will address challenges faced on […]

Two TN govt. hospital to get seamless laboratories

Two TN govt. hospital to get seamless laboratories The two Tamil Nadu Government hospitals, the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Hospital for Children, Egmore, and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), are to establish seamless laboratories comprising pneumatic tube systems and automated processing of samples. This is to avoid the troubles caused during the manual transportation of clinical samples […]

Piyush Goyal To Receive Carnot Prize For Rural Electrification Effort

Piyush Goyal To Receive Carnot Prize For Rural Electrification Effort  Union Minister Piyush Goyalwill receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification while he held the power and renewable energy portfolios.

Indian-Origin Woman Wins Top US Honour For Combatting Sex Slavery

Indian-Origin Woman Wins Top US Honour For Combatting Sex Slavery  JSW Steel CMD Sajjan Jindal was elected as the Treasurer of the World Steel Association (worldsteel). The association has also appointed Tata Steel MD TV Narendran and ArcelorMittal Chief LN Mittal as its members.

Adityanath is all set to prepare Ram temple

Adityanath is all set to prepare Ram temple Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exhorted his supporters to start preparing for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya with the same zeal with which they celebrated Ram Leela. Mr.Adityanath in his Vijayadashami speech in Gorakhpur said along with the grandeur of the Ram Leelas, people should start preparing to build […]

IRDA panel headed by S. Mathur to study feasibility of paying claims in installments

IRDA panel headed by S. Mathur to study feasibility of paying claims in installments  Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) formed a panel to examine claims in installments. This panel is headed by Suresh Mathur, ED (Health), IRDAI. This will look into the feasibility of the proposal of general and health insurance companies for […]

Air India gets equity infusion of Rs 1,000 crore from NSSF : Union Government

Air India gets equity infusion of Rs 1,000 crore from NSSF : Union Government   Air India raised Rs 3,000 crore so far which includes Rs 1,000 crore to the airline from the National Small Savings Fund (NSSF)  on behalf of the government. Another Rs 500 crore will be raised by the airline through a loan from the unused sovereign guarantee. […]

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa To Form New Government in Bhutan

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa To Form New Government in Bhutan  The party has won 30 seats in 47 member National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) got remaining 17 seats. The Election Commission of Bhutan has formally announced the results of the parliamentary elections. According to the commission, 71.46% polling was recorded […]

India won five more gold medals in Asian Para Games 2018

India won five more gold medals in Asian Para Games 2018 India won five gold medals in the sixth day of Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. ♦ K.Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event after beating Manurung Roslinda of Indonesia 1-0 in the final round. ♦ Neeraj Yadav and Amit Balyan […]

India To Host 4th Edition Of Global Partners’ Forum In December 2018

India To Host 4th Edition Of Global Partners’ Forum In December 2018  The party won 30 seats in 47 member National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) got remaining 17 seats. The Election Commission of Bhutan has formally announced the results of the parliamentary elections. According to the commission, 71.46% polling […]

Canada Becomes 2nd Country To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Canada Becomes 2nd Country To Legalize Recreational Cannabis 18 October 2018 Current Affairs: Canadians can now grow up to four plants in their own home and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use.

Detailed Project Report is set for new rail corridor

Detailed Project Report is set for new rail corridor The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is set for the proposed 510-km third and fourth rail line from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod to improve connectivity and operate more trains to the Kerala State. Kerala Railway Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) gave its approval for appointing Systra as the general […]

Detailed Project Report is set for new rail corridor

Detailed Project Report is set for new rail corridor The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is set for the proposed 510-km third and fourth rail line from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod to improve connectivity and operate more trains to the Kerala State. Kerala Railway Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) gave its approval for appointing Systra as the general […]

Anna Burns Wins 2018 Man Booker Prize For Her Novel Milkman

Anna Burns Wins 2018 Man Booker Prize For Her Novel Milkman The book is about an 18-year-old girl, known as “middle sister”, who is sexually harassed by an older paramilitary figure, called the “milkman”. About Man Booker Prize The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as […]

Karnataka CM announced formation of Kodagu Development Authority

Karnataka CM announced formation of Kodagu Development Authority Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamyannounced the formation of the Kodagu Development Authority. The authority is to enable speedy reconstruction of the district, parts of which were ravaged by floods and landslips. So far, the State government funded Rs.127 crore for the rehabilitation works in the district. The objective […]

Anna Burns Wins 2018 Man Booker Prize For Her Novel Milkman

Anna Burns Wins 2018 Man Booker Prize For Her Novel Milkman The book is about an 18-year-old girl, known as “middle sister”, who is sexually harassed by an older paramilitary figure, called the “milkman”. About Man Booker Prize The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as […]

India and Tanzania sign 2 MoUs in New Delhi

India and Tanzania sign 2 MoUs in New Delhi The MoUs were signed following India-Tanzania 9th Session of Joint Commission on Economic, Technical and Scientific Cooperation in New Delhi. They were signed in the presence of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Dr. Augustine Mahiga. The MoUs are signed between Foreign […]

Union Government launches Swastha Bharat Yatra campaign to create awareness about Food Safety

Union Government launches Swastha Bharat Yatra campaign to create awareness about Food Safety The Campaign is Launched by Central Government association with the State Government and it is led by theFood Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ is launched simultaneously at Leh(in Jammu & Kashmir), Panaji(Goa), Thiruvananthapuram(Kerala), Puducherry, Ranji(Jharkhand) and […]

Preparatory Meeting for the First National Summit on Invest in AYUSH held in New Delhi

Preparatory Meeting for the First National Summit on Invest in AYUSH held in New Delhi This Summit is to encourage all the Departments of the Government and Private Companies to invest in AYUSH. Many Initiatives are taken by Ministry to increase the market size of AYUSH for this they had a close relationship with FICCI, […]

India ranked 58th most competitive economy in World Economic Forum(WEF) index

India ranked 58th most competitive economy in World Economic Forum(WEF) index World Economic Forum released the Global Competitiveness Report 2018. According to the report, India has jumped five spots to become the 58th most competitive economy on the Global Competitiveness Index 2018 (GCI 4.0). India witnessed the largest gain among the G20 nations. The index […]

Indian Navys submarine rescue capabilities get a boost with DSRV maiden trials

Indian Navys submarine rescue capabilities get a boost with DSRV maiden trials The Navy’s submarine rescue capabilities were boosted with the successful maiden trials of its newly inducted Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV). The DSRV is operated by a crew of three members. It can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time. […]

Arundhati Bhattacharya is appointed as additional director of RIL

Arundhati Bhattacharya is appointed as additional director of RIL Arundhati Bhattacharya, former chairman of State Bank of India (SBI), is appointed as additional director, designated as independent director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). RIL stated that Arundhati Bhattacharya is appointed for five years commencing October 17, 2018, subject to the approval of the shareholders. It also […]

Reserve bank of India norms to facilitate payments between mobile wallets using UPI

Reserve bank of India norms to facilitate payments between mobile wallets using UPI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on released guidelines to facilitate payments among different mobile wallets, a move aimed at promoting digital transactions. The interoperability would be achieved in a phased manner such as interoperability of PPIs issued in the form of […]

VMware to invest USD 2 billion in India

VMware to invest USD 2 billion in India U.S.-headquartered VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, announced plans to invest $2 billion in India over the next five years. The investment would enable VMware to expand to new offices in Bengaluru and Pune. The investment will increase headcount, invest in R&D and support growing sales operations […]

NIIF invests Rs 660 crores in HDFC Capital realty platform

NIIF invests Rs 660 crores in HDFC Capital realty platform National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) an investment of Rs 660 crore in HDFC’s real estate investment platform HDFC Capital Affordable Real Estate – 2 (H-CARE ) It enables investors in NIIF Fund of Funds to participate in the attractive mid-income and affordable housing sectors […]

Europa Nostra urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha

Europa Nostra urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha Experts from cultural heritage organisation Europa Nostra have urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha, a vast flying saucer-like monument, on a central Bulgarian mountainside. The monument is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago. The 230-foot-high structure, made […]

Anna Burns won Man Booker Prize for fiction for Milkman

Anna Burns won Man Booker Prize for fiction for Milkman Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction for Milkman, a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence. She is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the £50,000 (Rs.48 lakh) prize, […]

Twelfth Asia Europe Meeting Summit Begins In Brussels

Twelfth Asia Europe Meeting Summit Begins In Brussels The theme of this year’s Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)Summit is “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.

Union Government Releases Analytical Report Of National Health Profile 2018

Union Government Releases Analytical Report Of National Health Profile 2018 The report was prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), under the aegis of the Directorate General of Health Services. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005.

Leander Paes Lifts Santo Domingo Open Trophy Leander Paeswon his second Challenger-level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.

Youth Road Safety Learners Licence Programme launched by MoS Road Transport Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Youth Road Safety Learners Licence Programme launched by MoS Road Transport Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Chemical & Fertilizer today launched the Youth Road Safety Learners Licence programme in New Delhi. This programme will be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the […]

New Delhi to host 6th India International Silk Fair

New Delhi to host 6th India International Silk Fair Smriti Zubin Irani, will inaugurate the 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) in New Delhi on October 16, 2018. The International Silk fair will be organized by the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC) at Pragati Maidan.

Vaishno Devi shrine board enhanced the free insurance cover to pilgrims to five lakh

Vaishno Devi shrine board enhanced the free insurance cover to pilgrims to five lakh Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), in its 63rd meeting, approved to enhance free accident insurance cover provided to pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine. The decision was taken at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar under the chairmanship of J&K Governor […]

Centre launched Pollution forecast system

Centre launched Pollution forecast system The Centre launched a Pollution forecast system that can alert about the likelihood of extreme pollution events and dust storms three days in advance. The system was unveiled by the Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. It will be made available to the public via the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) […]

R.R.Sonde recommended hydrogen based technology for green energy production

R.R.Sonde recommended hydrogen based technology for green energy production R.R.Sonde, Fellow of National Academy of Engineers (FNAE) and Executive Vice-President of THERMAX Ltd. said that the development of methanol and hydrogen-based technology for green energy production could turn energy-importing India into the energy-exporting country at the Dr.Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at Central University of Karnataka. […]

India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri service military exercise

India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri service military exercise India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri-service military exercise. This is to take forward the strategic cooperation while exploring ways to operationalise the logistics agreement. These issues were discussed during the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Paris […]

Prema Gopalan won Social Entrepreneur of the Year award 2018 She was awarded for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship and rural livelihood. She is the founder of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP). SEOY awards was founded by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in 2010.

IITs topped in QS ranking

IITs topped in QS ranking Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, a think tank that is famous for bringing out world rankings of institutions, reported that Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has topped the first-ever standalone ranking of Indian higher education institutions. The top 8 Indian institutions in QS rankings are: 1. Indian Institute of […]

Priyank Kanoongo appointed chairperson of NCPCR

Priyank Kanoongo appointed chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) He appointed the Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)by the appointments committee of the cabinet for a term of 3 years. He will be the 5th Chairperson of NCPCR. He replaces Stuti Kacker, whose tenure ended on September […]

Shekhar Mande appointed as Director-General of CSIR

Shekhar Mande appointed as Director-General of CSIR: Appointments Committee of the Cabinet He will serve as secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and head 38 labs of CSIR. He replaced biotechnologist Girish Sahni, who retired on 31 August. He is currently a director at the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune. He is […]

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated as 16 October World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The theme for WFD 2018 is “Our Actions Are Our Future”.

Editors protested against anti press law

Bangladesh editors protested against anti press law Editors of Bangladeshi newspapers staged a protest against the newly enacted digital law. The journalists and rights groups said that the amendments will curb freedom of expression. The editors claim that the measures, including prison sentences for spreading negative propaganda, are an attempt by an increasingly autocratic Prime […]

RBI approved NBFC license for Kreditech

RBI approved NBFC license for Kreditech RBI approved the license for Kreditech, the Germany-based company to operate as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) licence for digital lending business and app-based financing. The approval is with the first-of-its-kind. Kreditech’s product suite for India will offer individualised direct-to-consumer loans as well as its Lending-as-a-Service Solution for vendors, […]

same sex couple incubate

Aussie same sex penguin couple incubate egg Two Aussie male penguins, gentoo penguins Sphen and Magic, who have paired up as a same-sex couple have become so good at nesting that they have been given a real egg to look after. Such an incident has happened in 2009. Two male penguins, Z and Vielpunkt, successfully […]

Nimesh Shah elected as AMFI Chairman

Nimesh Shah elected as AMFI Chairman Nimesh Shah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, has been elected as Chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). Shah was elected as Chairman on October 12 and replaced A Balasubramanian who took over as AMFI Chairman in October 2016. Kailash Kulkarni, […]

India and Sri Lanka sign two MoU

India and Sri Lanka sign two MoU India and Sri Lanka signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees. The project will target low income landless and homeless beneficiaries. As per the new MoUs, 600 houses each will be […]

46th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn-2018

46th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn-2018 Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta inaugurated the 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair at India Expo Centre and Mart at Greater Noida on 14 October 2018. The fair, IHGF is held biannually and is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. The fair will remain open […]

Sikkim won ‘100% Organic State’ UN Award

Sikkim won ‘100% Organic State’ UN Award Sikkim has won 2018 UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Future Policy for Gold Award. The award was given for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state. Sikkim was declared fully organic state in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilisers and pesticides

India and China to train Afghan diplomats

India and China to train Afghan diplomats India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats. An understanding to launch a joint programme in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between India and China in April 2018. 10 Afghan Diplomats will be travelling to India for the 1st […]

Leander Paes won Santo Domingo Open trophy

Leander Paes won Santo Domingo Open trophy Tennis player Leander Paes won the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela on 14 October 2018. Paes, who is ranked 69, added 110 ranking points to his tally and shared a prize purse of $7750 with his partner. Paes also ended runner-up at Chicago, Dallas […]

Emergency action plan to be implemented

Emergency action plan to be implemented An emergency action plan called the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be implemented from 15 October 2018 to combat air pollution in Delhi. Stringent actions will be implemented based on air quality. If the air quality lies in moderate to poor category — measures like stopping garbage burning […]

6th RCEP Ministerial Meeting in Singapore

6th RCEP Ministerial Meeting in Singapore The 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) was held in Singapore on 12-13 October, 2018. The Ministers from 16 RCEP countries discussed a modern, comprehensive and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among ASEAN and ASEAN’s FTA partners. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) […]

International Silk Fair to begin on 16 Oct

International Silk Fair to begin on 16 Oct 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) will be inaugurated in New Delhi on October 16, 2018. At the event, 108 exhibitors of silk and blended silk will display their products. The fair is organised by the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council. India is the second largest producer […]

Indian Navy acquired DSRVs

Indian Navy acquired DSRVs Indian Navy has inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRVs) It is deployed to rescue the drowned or disaster-struck submarines at high sea. At present, the US, China, Russia and a few other countries have the capabilities to deploy DSRVs. The second DSRV is expected to be inducted at Visakhapatnam […]

Conde won alternative Nobel

Conde won alternative Nobel Maryse Conde won an alternative award formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize which got cancelled in 2018. Maryse Condé won the New Academy prize in literature. The New Academy was founded by more than 100 Swedish writers, artists and journalists. Condé is the author of some 20 novels, including Desirada, […]

IRCTC launched AI chatbot ‘Ask Disha’

IRCTC launched AI chatbot ‘Ask Disha’ The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched a chatbot, Ask Disha. It is aimed at facilitating accessibility by answering users’ queries pertaining to various services offered by IRCTC. Ask Disha- is powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The Ask Disha chatbot has been developed by IRCTC and CoRover […]

Novak Djokovic won Shanghai Masters title

Novak Djokovic won Shanghai Masters title Tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Shanghai Masters title on 14 October 2018. Novak Djokovic defeated Croatia’s Borna Coric in the final match. Djokovic has won all four Shanghai finals he has s contested in his career (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018). He previously shared the record of winning three […]

Great Britain won Sultan Johar Cup

Great Britain won Sultan Johar Cup In Hockey, Great Britain won the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup in Johar Bahru, Malaysia. Great Britain defeated India in the final. India settled for the silver medal at the eighth Sultan of Johor Cup U-18 hockey tournament. The other teams in the tournament were Japan, Australia, Malaysia and […]

International Day of Rural Women on 15 Oct

International Day of Rural Women on 15 Oct International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October every year. The day recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. The theme for the year 2018 is “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women […]

Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas: 15 Oct

Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas: 15 Oct   Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas is observed on 15 October in India. The day is being celebrated to increase the active participation of women in agriculture. In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture had decided to observe 15th October as Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas. The Ministry will discuss the challenges […]

Air Quality Warning System launched in Delhi

Air Quality Warning System launched in Delhi Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harshvardhan unveiled an Air Quality early warning system for Delhi region, in New Delhi. The system will help combat air pollution in Delhi by getting information 2-5 days in advance. The system has been developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, National Centre […]

EC launched ‘C-vigil’ app

EC launched ‘C-vigil’ app The Election Commission of India is introducing the unique internet based mobile app C-vigil in the upcoming assembly polls. The ‘C-vigil stands for citizens vigil’ and will be operationalized for the first time as a pilot project. The C-Vigil mobile application gives the common man the opportunity to click pictures and take videos […]

Shashi Tharoor introduces his book The Paradoxical Prime Minister and 29-letter word Floccinaucinihilipilification

Shashi Tharoor introduces his book The Paradoxical Prime Minister and 29-letter word Floccinaucinihilipilification  Congress leader Shashi Tharoor introduced his new book “The Paradoxical Prime Minister” and a 29-letter word “floccinaucinihilipilification”. The cover of the book shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi examining a wax figure of himself at Madame Tussauds museum.

Nithya claimed glory in 100m in the fifth Telangana Open State athletics meet

Nithya claimed glory in 100m in the fifth Telangana Open State athletics meet G.Nithya of Hyderabad clinched the honours in the girls’, under 20, 100m with a timing of 12.50s in the fifth Telangana Open State athletics meet in Hyderabad. Film Nagar Cultural Centre, in association with Telangana Cue Sports Association, will be organizing the State-ranking snooker and billiards championship for […]

India ranks 147th in Oxfam World Inequality Index 2018

India ranks 147th in Oxfam World Inequality Index 2018 Oxfam International’s report, the UK-based charity, released Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index. In the Index, India ranked 147th among 157 countries and was labelled as “a very worrying situation” with respect to the rising inequality in the country. Out of 157 countries measured, Denmark topped first based on its high […]

Tushar Mehta is appointed as the Solicitor General of India

Tushar Mehta is appointed as the Solicitor General of India Senior advocate Tushar Mehta is appointed the new Solicitor General of India by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC). Mehta is at present the Additional Solicitor General. He replaces Ranjit Kumar as he resigned the post in the month of October in 2017. The post was lying vacant since then. Mr.Mehta […]

Bank of Baroda MD and CEO P S Jayakumar gets one-year extension

Bank of Baroda MD and CEO P S Jayakumar gets one-year extension  Bank of Baroda’s Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, PS Jayakumar got a one-year extension on his role by the government. This is effective from October 12, 2018. This was due to the amalgamation between Bank of Baroda (BoB), Dena Bank and Vijaya […]

Coal India Signs MoU With NLC For 5000 MW Power Generation

Coal India Signs MoU With NLC For 5000 MW Power Generation Coal India Ltd. (CIL) is to jointly set up with NLC India (NLCIL), formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation, for 5000 MW of power generation capacity of which 3000 MW would be solar powered while the rest 2000 MW would be coal-fuelled. CIL signed a MoU with NCIL for setting up […]

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs on winning UNHRC election

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs on winning UNHRC election   India elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHRC, with highest number of votes. The 193-member UN General Assembly held elections for new members to the UN’s top human rights body .

India ranks 115th in World Banks Human Capital Index

India ranks 115th in World Banks Human Capital Index The World Bank released the Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019. The theme of the World Development Report (WDR) this year is “The Changing Nature of Work”. As part of this report, the World Bank has launched a Human Capital Project (HCP). The […]

CUJ signs MoU with ISRO to set up Space Applications Center

CUJ signs MoU with ISRO to set up Space Applications Center  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University. Another MoU was signed between the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) and the Central Scientific Instruments […]

India And Azerbaijan Agree To Enhance Bilateral Trade Relations

India And Azerbaijan Agree To Enhance Bilateral Trade Relations The two countries signed a protocol on trade and economic, science and technology cooperation at the 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation which concluded in New Delhi. The next meeting of the Commission will be held in Baku.

Gujarat Government vaccination of Gir lions against deadly Canine Distemper Virus CDV

Gujarat Government vaccination of Gir lions against deadly Canine Distemper Virus CDV   Gujarat Forest Department started the vaccination of lions in the Gir Forest National Park to protect them from deadly Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). Key Points: Nearly 23 lions have died in the Gir sanctuary in less than a month. Most of them died […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Silver Jubilee Celebrations Of NHRC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Silver Jubilee Celebrations Of NHRC  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) 25th anniversary an important role to play in government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to visit to inaugurate newly built annex of High Court Building

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to visit to inaugurate newly built annex of High Court Building  Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Allahabad to inaugurate the newly built annex of the High Court Building. After this programme. He will inaugurate the Twenty Year celebrations of the Indian Institute of Information Technology popularly known as Triple […]

AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme

AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme NITI Aayog and IBM India announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017. The students will be equipped with the skills in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.

Space centre to be set up at Jammu University

Space centre to be set up at Jammu University The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University. The centre will take care of the emerging geospatial and space technology requirements for […]

World Bank’s Human Capital Index released

World Bank’s Human Capital Index released The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019. The broader theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is “The Changing Nature of Work”. India is ranked at 115. The report almost reiterated that Indian children are not learning enough […]

Govt package for footwear and leather sector

Govt package for footwear and leather sector The Central Government has approved a special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector. The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20. The scheme aims at development […]

Malaysia abolishes capital punishment

Malaysia abolishes capital punishment Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions. Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes. In April 2017, human rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of the death penalty.

Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’

Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’ Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has come out with a nearly 200-page book titled “Lalu Leela”. The book documents “benami” land deals allegedly involving the RJD national president, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members. The preface has been penned by another Union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Punjab govt released 3 apps

Punjab govt released 3 apps Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue burning. The apps also aim to create awareness about the effects of crop residue burning on the environment and human health. The three Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC). The three apps […]

21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI

21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five are wasted, which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition. Overall, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries in the Index. […]

BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension

BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension The government extended the tenure of Bank of Baroda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P.S. Jayakumar by one year. Before joining Bank of Baroda, Jayakumar founded VBHC Value Homes Pvt. Ltd along with Jaithirth Rao and worked with Citigroup bank. Jayakumar is a chartered accountant by qualification.

Refer & Earn 9000 Rs

Google Tez App Referral Code : Refer & Earn 9000 Rs These days foreign companies are actively investing in Indian market because they understand business potential and ever-growing opportunity in India. There are plenty of examples such as Amazon, Uber and the list goes on. Now search engine giant Google has made its way in […]

Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO

Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO Direct selling company Amway has announced Milind Pant as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pant will report directly to Amway’s Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019. Amway has been co-led by Van Andel who has served as Amway Chairman since 1995 and Doug DeVos who has […]

Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched

Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched The World Economic Forum launched its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India. The centre would be based in Maharashtra. It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas. The WEF has also entered into partnerships with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh […]

Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO

Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO Arun Kumar Rath took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant on 11 October 2018. He succeeds M Ravi who was removed from the post on October 10 after the fire accident at Bhilai Steel Plant. Rath was earlier the CEO of Durgapur Steel Plant. […]

WB to provide $195 million to Nepal

WB to provide $195 million to Nepal The World Bank (WB) has announced that it will provide around US$195 million concessional loans to Nepal. The loan amount will be used by Nepal to reform the country’s financial and energy sectors. An agreement to this effect was reached during the ongoing annual meeting of the World […]

India suffered economic loss due to disasters

India suffered economic loss due to disasters The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. According to the report, India suffered a $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years. The greatest economic losses have been experienced by the US […]

World Arthritis Day observed on October 12

World Arthritis Day observed on October 12 World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October every year. The theme of World Arthritis Day 2018 is “It’s in your hands, take action”. World Arthritis Day was launched by the Arthritis Foundation. The objective of the day is to spread awareness about arthritis, and how […]

Govt hiked import duty on electronic items

Govt hiked import duty on electronic items The government has increased basic customs duty on electronic and telecom equipment to 20% from the current 10%. The items that will face customs duty hike include smartwatches, optical transport equipment and voice over internet protocol equipment. The hike will come into effect on 12 October 2018. Restricting […]

Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began

Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began on 12 October 2018. The Commission will organize a ‘Human Rights Mela’ and ‘Human Rights Street Theatre Festival’. NHRC is an autonomous public body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights. Retired Justice HL Dattu is the […]

Over 900 prisoners get special remission

Over 900 prisoners get special remission As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Government’s scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet on July 18, 2018. […]

Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi

Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi The government of India has approved a land pooling policy for Delhi. The policy was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal in September 2018. Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructures like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia […]

Indus Towers Wins Deming Prize for 2018

Indus Towers Wins Deming Prize for 2018  Indus Towers, world’s largest telecom tower company (outside China) won the Deming Prize for 2018, being the first Indian company in the service sector and the fifth in the world to achieve. He is only the 29th Indian company to win this coveted award, with other notable names including Tata […]

Coal India Signs MoU With NLC For 5000 MW Power Generation

Coal India Signs MoU With NLC For 5000 MW Power Generation  Coal India tasked to become a net zero emission energy company by the ministry of coal and a move which requires it to generate 3,000 MW of solar power. About NLC  Neyveli lignite Corporation (NLC)  Industry: Mining Founded:1975 Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

IIT-Madras signs MoU With Tamil Nadu E-Governance Agency

IIT-Madras signs MoU With Tamil Nadu E-Governance Agency  IIT-Madras signed an agreement with Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA)to enhance data-driven governance. The Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC DSAI ) at IIT-Madras agreed to support the State government on various data science and ICT-related challenges.

‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead GD Agarwal who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died on 11 October 2018. Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days. He was a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted […]

Tushar Mehta appointed as Solicitor General Of India

Tushar Mehta appointed as Solicitor General Of India He will assume the office of the Solicitor General till June 30, 2020. Presently, Mehta is serving as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India. Solicitor General is the second highest ranking law officer of the government after the Attorney General.

entre approves Land pooling policy of Delhi

entre approves Land pooling policy of Delhi The Centre approved Delhi’s land pooling policy. The policy has already been approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Hardeep Puri, Minister of the Housing and Urban Affairs, said no major changes were made to the policy. The land pooling policy covers any urbanisable area of urban extensions in 95 villages. […]

International Olympics Committee picks Senegal as first African Host for Youth Olympics

International Olympics Committee picks Senegal as first African Host for Youth Olympics International Olympics Committee (IOC) picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal. Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of […]

Rahul Aware was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Year by SJAM

Rahul Aware was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Year by SJAM Wrestler Rahul Aware, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Yearaward at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) award function. The awards function was sponsored by Star Sports. Other awardees of SJAM are listed below:  Awards Name Sportsman of the […]

Pravin Srivastava appointed as India’s 3rd Chief Statistician

Pravin Srivastava appointed as India’s 3rd Chief Statistician  A senior officer with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), as the Chief Statistician of India (CSI). Srivastava’s tenure will be till August 31, 2020.

WPI inflation rises to 5.13% in September

WPI inflation rises to 5.13% in September Wholesale inflation based on the wholesale price index (WPI) stood at 5.13% in September 2018 as compared to 4.53% in August 2018. WPI increased mainly due to the rise in the cost of petrol and diesel. Food articles witnessed hardening of prices with deflation at 0.21% in September as against […]

India men, women hockey teams won silver medal

India men, women hockey teams won silver medal India men’s and women’s team won silver medals each in the Hockey competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Men’s hockey team was defeated by Malaysia and Women’s hockey team was defeated by Argentina. India are 10th in the medals tally with Russia leading the […]

Sharad Kumar won gold in mens high jump in Asian Para Games

Sharad Kumar won gold in mens high jump in Asian Para Games Indian para high jumper Sharad Kumar won gold in men’s high jump T42/63 category. This is his second successive gold in the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Silver was claimed by Varun Bhati (1.82m), Rio Paralympic bronze-medallist, and bronze by Thangavelu Mariyappan (1.67m), Rio gold-medallist. The F46 category of disability covers […]

Pakistans anti graft body summoned U.S. envoy

Pakistans anti graft body summoned U.S. envoy  Pakistan’s anti-graft bodyhas summoned Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, the country’s envoy to the US, for bribing a top government official. Ali Jahangir Siddiqui allegedly bribed a top government official by paying Rs.15 crore to get the diplomatic post. Ambassador Siddiqui has been issued a notice to appear before the National Accountability Bureau(NAB), […]

Mahesh Reddy Takes Over as PHDCCI Secretary-General

Mahesh Reddy Takes Over as PHDCCI Secretary-General PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) announced that Mahesh Y Reddy taken over as its Secretary General with immediate effect. He holds 28 years of experience in national level trade, infrastructure and industry bodies in various capacities.

Environment Ministry and World Bank released report on Strengthening Forest Fire Management in the Country

Environment Ministry and World Bank released report on Strengthening Forest Fire Management in the Country Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India”, jointly prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the World Bank. The report was released by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. The report states that forest […]

Kakinada SEZ signed MoU with APGDC

Kakinada SEZ signed MoU with APGDC Kakinada SEZ Ltd., a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Ltd., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Gas Development Corporation (APGDC). The agreement is to get access to piped domestic natural gas for its upcoming 10,500-acre zone. With this development, Kakinada SEZ would be the first zone on the eastern […]

Mobile Health app launched by IAF

Mobile Health app launched by IAF The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’. The app is conceived by the doctors of IAF and developed in house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT). ‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, scientific and authentic health information to air warriors and all citizens of […]

Govt. hikes interest for gratuity funds to 8%

Govt. hikes interest for gratuity funds to 8% The government of India has notified a higher interest rate of 8% for the non-government provident, superannuation, and gratuity funds, effective from October 1 2018. The interest rate on these funds has been raised from 7.6%. This hike will help private sector employees who have enrolled for […]

Nikki Haley resigned from United Nations

Nikki Haley resigned from United Nations Indian-American Nikki Haley has resigned as the US Ambassador to the United Nations. She was governor of South Carolina when President Donald Trump offered her the job of ambassador to the UN. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina. On November 23, 2016, Haley was nominated for […]

Cyclone Titli intensifies near Odisha-AP coast

Cyclone Titli intensifies near Odisha-AP coast Cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ moved towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast. Cyclone ‘Titli’ is expected to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm. It will cross east coast of India between Kalingapatnam (north Andhra Pradesh) and Gopalpur (south Odisha) in the morning of 11th October 2018. The Met department has issued a red […]

Manu Bhaker won gold in shooting

Manu Bhaker won gold in shooting Manu Bhaker won gold medal in 10m Air Pistol shooting at the Youth Olympic Games on 9 October 2018. She became India’s first Youth Olympic Games Gold medalist in the sport of shooting. This was India’s third medal from shooting in three days, with Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh bagging […]

India ranked bottom of world inequality index

India ranked bottom of world inequality index UK-based charity Oxfam International’s ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index’ ranked India 147th among 157 countries. Oxfam has calculated that if India were to reduce inequality by a third, more than 170 million people would no longer be poor. The annual index found that countries such as South Korea, Namibia […]

Foreign entities allowed in commodity market

Foreign entities allowed in commodity market Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) permitted foreign entities having actual exposure to Indian commodity markets to participate in the commodity derivative segment. Such foreign entities will be known as Eligible Foreign Entities. Currently, foreign entities are not permitted to directly participate in the Indian commodity derivatives market.

‘India for Humanity’ initiative launched

‘India for Humanity’ initiative launched The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched ‘India for Humanity’ initiative. Under the initiative MEA will partner with a charitable organisation for holding artificial limb fitment camps in various countries. The camps will initially be held in 12 countries identified through Indian missions. MEA is partnering with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti […]

Japan’s passport is the most powerful passport

Japan’s passport is the most powerful passport According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index, The Japanese passport is now the strongest in the world. Japanese citizens can travel without a visa or gain a visa on arrival in 190 destinations. The Singapore passport, which allows travel to 189 destinations without a prior visa, is at second […]

Noted Malayalam poet Paloor passed away

Noted Malayalam poet Paloor passed away Well-known Malayalam poet M N Paloor passed away in Kerala on 9 October 2018. Paloor is the author of some of the finest Malayalam poems of the latter half of the 20th century. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiography ‘Kathayillathavante Katha’ in 2013. Paloor won the […]

World Mental Health Day – 10 October

World Mental Health Day – 10 October World Mental Health Day 2018 is observed on October 10 across the world. The goal of World Mental Health Day is to increase awareness about mental health and the importance of mental health in the overall health of a person. The theme of World Mental Health Day 2018 […]

Pak successfully test-fired Ghauri missile

Pak successfully test-fired Ghauri missile Pakistan successfully test-fired ‘Ghauri’ ballistic missile on 8 October 2018. The missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometers. In April 2018, Pakistan successfully test fired an enhanced version of the indigenously-built Babur cruise missile, which has a range of 700 kilometres.

SBI comes to the aid of NBFCs

SBI comes to the aid of NBFCs State Bank of India (SBI) will triple its target of buying standard loans from Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to up to ₹45,000 crore in FY19. The move is expected to give an additional liquidity cushion to NBFCs who will benefit by selling these loans on full-cash basis. A […]

‘Oldest flying squirrel fossil found’

‘Oldest flying squirrel fossil found’ Scientists have discovered the oldest flying squirrel fossil ever. The 11.6-million-year-old fossil was discovered in Spain. The discovery of the fossil has unearthed new insight into the origin and evolution of these airborne animals. Flying squirrels are the most successful group of mammals that adopted the ability to glide.

Senegal will host the youth Olympics in 2022

Senegal will host the youth Olympics in 2022 In 2022, Senegal will host the fourth summer youth Olympic games. Senegal has thus become the first African country to host an Olympic event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously made the decision in Buenos Aires. The 2022 Youth Olympics will take place in Senegal between May and […]

BPCL to commission 2G ethanol plant

BPCL to commission 2G ethanol plant Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) ethanol bio-refinery at Odisha’s Bargarh district by December 2020. The Bargarh bio-refinery will utilize about 0.2 million tonnes of rice straw annually as feedstock. The plant is based on a zero-liquid discharge plant (ZLD) technology where all […]

‘Conference on Medical Products’ inaugurated

‘Conference on Medical Products’ inaugurated ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products – Achieving the SDGs 2030’ was inaugurated on 9 October 2018 in New Delhi. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare with the support of the World Health Organization. The main objective of the 2nd World Conference 2018 is […]

‘Workshop on Int Arbitration’ inaugurated

‘Workshop on Int Arbitration’ inaugurated In an effort to strengthen dispute resolution mechanisms, a workshop was organised on ‘Best Practices in International Arbitration’ in New Delhi on 10 October 2018. The workshop was organised by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the International Court of Arbitration. The workshop covered basic concepts of international arbitration, selection of arbitrators, and […]

IOC creates refugee team for Tokyo 2020

IOC creates refugee team for Tokyo 2020 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced there will be an Olympic team made up of refugees at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, a refugee team was created which comprised ten refugee athletes from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic […]

MoU between India & Romania approved

MoU between India & Romania approved The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Romania in the field of tourism. The MoU was signed in September, 2018 during the visit of the Vice-President of India to Romania. The main objectives of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in the […]

William, Paul won Nobel prize for economics

William, Paul won Nobel prize for economics The 2018 Nobel prize for economics has been awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer of the United States for their work on sustainable growth. The research of the two US economists focuses on how climate change and technology have affected the economy. Prof Nordhaus was the first […]

ESIC wins ‘ISSA GOOD Practice Award 2018′

ESIC wins ‘ISSA GOOD Practice Award 2018′ The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has won the ‘ISSA Good Practice Award’ at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The award recognizes the measures taken by ESIC for the administrative solution for Coverage Extension. ISSA (International Social Security […]

Odisha launched ‘Nirman Kusuma’ programme

Odisha launched ‘Nirman Kusuma’ programme Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Nirman Kusuma’ programme on 6 October 2018. It will provide financial assistance to the children of the construction workers for their education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics. An ITI student will be entitled to get financial assistance of Rs. 23,600, a diploma student […]

Arunachal govt launched scheme for farmers

Arunachal govt launched scheme for farmers Arunachal Pradesh government launched two schemes for farmers to increase production and their income on 8 October 2018. The two schemes are the Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana (CMSKY) and the Chief Ministers Krishi Samuh Yojana (CMKSY). The CMSKY would subsume three programmes – Employment Generation Scheme, Agri-Mechanization Programme […]

Jharkhand to become partner state at GIIF

Jharkhand to become partner state at GIIF Goa International Film Festival (GIFF) from 20th to 28th of November 2018 will have Jharkhand as a partner state. This will allow Jharkhand to showcase its culture and favourable film making incentives announced by the state government. The film festival is conducted jointly by the Ministry of Information […]

Ukraine launched large-scale air exercises

Ukraine launched large-scale air exercises Ukraine began large-scale air force exercises with the United States and other NATO countries. The “Clear Sky 2018” war games, which will run until 19 October 2018, are being held in western Ukraine. The aim is “to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through […]

Govt sets up key panel under NSA

Govt sets up key panel under NSA The government has set up a Strategic Policy Group (SPG) to assist the National Security Council. The SPG will be chaired by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. SPG will undertake a long-term strategic review of the country’s security affairs. National Security Council advises the prime minister on matters of […]

World Post Day observed on 9 October

World Post Day observed on 9 October World Post Day is celebrated every year on 9 October. On 9 October, the Universal Postal Union was established in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. It was declared World Post Day by the […]

Jeremy Lalrinnunga won gold in weightlifting

Jeremy Lalrinnunga won gold in weightlifting Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga won gold medal in the men’s 62 kg category at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The silver medal was won Turkey while Colombia won the bronze medal. In early 2018, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver medal (youth) and a bronze medal (junior) in the Asian […]

Statue of Sir Chhotu Ram unveiled in Rohtak

Statue of Sir Chhotu Ram unveiled in Rohtak Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 64-Feet tall statue of Deenbandhu Sir Chhotu Ram at Sampla in Rohtak district. Sir Chhotu Ram was a prominent leader in the Punjab Province. He belonged to Jat community and worked ceaselessly for the welfare of farmers. Prime minister also laid the foundation stone of the Rail Coach […]

IMF projects India’s growth at 7.3% in 2018

IMF projects India’s growth at 7.3% in 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasted a growth rate of 7.3% for India in 2018. IMF also predicted a growth rate of 7.4% in 2019. If projections are true, then India would regain the tag of the fastest growing major economies of the world, crossing China with more than 0.7 […]

Govt launches Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme

Govt launches Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme The government launched the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme FY19 on 8 October 2018. The scheme retains the incentives offered in the earlier tranche—2.5% interest rate and capital gains tax exemption on redemption. The tenor of the bond will be for a period of 8 years with an exit option […]

India’s first Olympic medal in judo

India’s first Olympic medal in judo Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level in Youth Olympic Games 2018 at Buenos Aires, Argentina. She won a silver medal after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44kg event. India has never won an Olympic medal in judo […]

IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.7%

IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.7% International Monetary Fund cuts its forecast for world growth for 2018 and 2019 at 3.7%. The decline in the forecast has been made due to an upswing in economic risks, rising trade tensions and record debt. The forecast has been made in the World Economic Outlook, the annual flagship report […]

K’taka govt unveils ‘Unnati’ scheme

K’taka govt unveils ‘Unnati’ scheme Karnataka Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge unveiled the ‘Unnati Scheme’. The scheme will identify and promote entrepreneurs from SC and ST background. The govt will invest up to Rs 20 crore to create the end-to-end support infrastructure for startups and entrepreneurs The department will provide up to Rs 50 lakh […]

NHB raised refinance limit for HFCs

NHB raised refinance limit for HFCs National Housing Board (NHB) has raised refinance limit for housing finance companies to Rs 30,000 crore for the period between July 2018 to June 2019. The regulator to housing finance companies (HFCs) had set an initial limit of Rs 24,000 crore, towards refinancing eligible institutions. NHB is the principal […]

India faces threat of deadly heat waves

India faces threat of deadly heat waves According to the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, if the average global temperature rises by more than one degree Celsius from the present, India could “annually” expect conditions like the 2015 heat wave. The report has been commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). […]

India, Tajikistan signed several MoUs

India, Tajikistan signed several MoUs President Ram Nath  Kovind met his Tajikistan counterpart Mr Emomali Rahmon. On this occasion, India and Tajikistan signed several MoUs in the field of political relations, strategic research, agriculture, renewable energy, traditional medicine, space technology, youth affairs, Culture and Disaster Management. India has offered a grant of $20 mn to Tajikistan […]

Army Commanders’ Conference began in Delhi

Army Commanders’ Conference began in Delhi Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi on 9 October 2018. The last Army Commanders’ Conference was held in April 2018. A large number of issues ranging from operational challenges, administrative issues, logistics to human resource related issues was discussed during the conference.

China launched two remote sensing satellites

China launched two remote sensing satellites China successfully launched two remote sensing satellites to conduct electromagnetic environmental probes. The satellites, both belonging to the Yaogan-32 family, were launched by a Long March-2C rocket. Remote sensing generally refers to the use of sensor technologies to detect objects. The remote sensing satellites collect data by detecting the […]

As a part of Hare Krishna movement, Rs.5 a meal launched in Siddipet, Telangana

As a part of Hare Krishna movement, Rs.5 a meal launched in Siddipet, Telangana As part of Hare Krishna Movement, its chief Satya Gaura Dasa inaugurated the Bhojanamrita Rs.5 meals centre at Government Degree college junction in Siddipet, Telangana. Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) is supporting the programme through which lunch can be fed to 500 needy people daily.

PIL wants Aadhaar to be linked with voter ID to curb bogus voting

PIL wants Aadhaar to be linked with voter ID to curb bogus voting A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been filed in the Madras High Court. It seeks direction to the Election Commission to link Aadhaar card details of individuals with their voter identity cards to curb bogus voting. The litigant claimed it would also help in purifying […]

Exza Infosystems launched Digital ad solution platform

Exza Infosystems launched Digital ad solution platform Exza Infosystems, a Pune-based firm, launched ‘ADvantage’ a digital advertisement solution platform. The platform will connect advertisers directly to digital satellite television viewers to showcase their products and services in Telangana. The firm, which is also into making set-top boxes, has tied up with multiple system operator, Brightways Communications, to reach […]

Ukraine launched solar power plant in Chernobyl

Ukraine launched solar power plant in Chernobyl Ukraine launched a park of photovoltaic panels at the former Chernobyl power plant. It is to use solar power to give the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster a new lease on life. The $1.2-million, a one-megawatt plant is located just a hundred metres from a giant metal dome sealing the remains of […]

Zydus Cadila gets approval from USFDA for breast cancer drug

Zydus Cadila gets approval from USFDA for breast cancer drug Zydus Cadila, the major drug firm, has received the final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(USFDA) to market Exemestane tablets. The drug will be used for the treatment of breast cancer. The drug is made in the strength of 25 mg. The company will manufacture the drug at its […]

Bacteria in Bellandur lake develop resistance to drugs

Bacteria in Bellandur lake develop resistance to drugs A study done in Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), lead by researcher Priyanka Jamwal showed a combination of industry effluents, rampant use of antibiotics and raw sewage may be the cause for certain types of bacteria developing resistance to drugs in the severely-polluted Bellandur lake. It also […]

Uber to ramp up resource and development centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Uber to ramp up resource and development centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad  Uber is planning to ramp up the human resources at its R&D centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad in order for the growth of its service in India. Because of this India would have the largest tech presence for the company outside of the U.S., its home market. […]

Bihar government issues fresh directives on mobile phones

Bihar government issues fresh directives on mobile phones  Bihar government issued an interesting directive for the state officials. From now, bureaucrats will not be able to access the facility of mobile phones while attending key deliberations with top authorities like Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers or chief secretary. An order issued by Aamir Subhani, principal secretary general […]

Twitter introduces data-saving feature

Twitter introduces data-saving feature  Twitter incorporated a new feature which will help users to reduce excessive data consumption. A data-saving mode is now available with both iOS and Android version of the Twitter app.

India, Kazakhstan agree to step up military cooperation, especially in defence production

India, Kazakhstan agree to step up military cooperation, especially in defence production  Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman was on a three-day visit to Astana, Kazakhstan at the invitation of Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Nurlan Yermekbayev. India and Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation include military-technical cooperation, military education and training, joint military exercises, bilateral exchange […]

Vikram Limaye appointed as Chairman of Working Committee and Director on the Board of WFE

Vikram Limaye appointed as Chairman of Working Committee and Director on the Board of WFE  He is the Managing Director and CEO of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE).  His appointment was made at the 58th General Assembly and Annual Meeting of WEF in Athens, Greece. WFE also admitted 6 new members. They are Multi Commodity Exchange […]

Governments Naga talks interlocutor R N Ravi appointed Deputy National Security Advisor

Governments Naga talks interlocutor R N Ravi appointed Deputy National Security Advisor  He will also continue to be the central government’s interlocutor for Nagaland. He is a 1976-batch Indian Police Service officer (retired) of the Kerala cadre. In August 2018, he was given an extension as the government’s representative for the talks with National Socialist Council of Nagaland […]

Sanjay Verma appointed Indias Ambassador to Spain

Sanjay Verma appointed Indias Ambassador to Spain   He is a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. He is currently the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to Spain.

Winners of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Winners of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad  Dr Mukwege, a 63-year-old gynaecologist has been associated with the treatment of various sexual assault victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2008, he also won the UN Human Rights Prize.

NMCG Partnered With TSAF To Launch Mission Gange

NMCG Partnered With TSAF To Launch Mission Gange National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) to launch a month-long rafting expedition of a team of 40 members which will be led by the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest Ms. Bachendri Pal. The meeting will conclude in Patna.

First Regional Conference On ‘Women In Detention And Access To Justice’ In Shimla

First Regional Conference On ‘Women In Detention And Access To Justice’ In Shimla The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs is organising the First ever Regional Conference at Shimla on ‘Women in Detention and Access to Justice’ in collaboration with the Prison Department, Himachal Pradesh on October 4-5, 2018. The Conference will […]

Swachh Survekshan Gramin Awards 2018 Announced

Swachh Survekshan Gramin Awards 2018 Announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave awards to top Ranked State, District and State with maximum citizen participation based on the National Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2018 commissioned by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Overall Ranking:  (A) Top 3 States- 1. Haryana, 2. Gujarat, 3. Maharashtra. (B) Top 3 Districts-  […]

Experts says mutated virus might have killed Gujarat lions

Experts says mutated virus might have killed Gujarat lions Wildlife experts say that the death of 21 lions in the last month maybe because of a mutation in a virus. In 1994, the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) was responsible for an epidemic in the Serengeti region of Africa, where 1,000 lions died in 3 weeks. While the […]

India ranked 28th among 73 countries in govt e-payment adoption: 2018 Visa Survey

India ranked 28th among 73 countries in govt e-payment adoption: 2018 Visa Survey 05 October 2018 Current Affairs: The Government E-Payments Adoption Ranking (GEAR), compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit commissioned by payments company Visa ranked India as 28th country to progress in the digital transformation journey. India moved up to 28th in 2018, from […]

India And ADB Sign $ 150 Million Loan Agreement To Support Indias First Global Skills Park

India And ADB Sign $ 150 Million Loan Agreement To Support Indias First Global Skills Park  Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 million Loan Agreement in New Delhi to establish a Global Skills Park (GSP) in Madhya Pradesh, the First Multi-Skills Park in India, to enhance the quality of […]

First Global Guidelines on Sanitation and Health launched by World Health organisation

First Global Guidelines on Sanitation and Health launched by World Health organisation   World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first Global Guidelines on Sanitation and Health. According to estimation, for every US$ 1 invested in sanitation a nearly six-fold return can be expected. The new guidelines are based on four principal recommendations. They are: Accessible toilets, for […]

World Teachers Day is obseved on 5 October

World Teachers Day is obseved on 5 October  The theme for this year’s WTD is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” The WTD 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring […]

ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar quits and Bakhshi takes over

ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar quits and Bakhshi takes over Chanda Kochhar, the MD and CEO of ICICI Bank, private sector lender, quit her position. This is after the bank’s appointment of a Srikrishna committee which is headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna (retd.).  The committee was to look into the allegations of conflict of interest against Ms.Kochhar. The committee […]

Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi for the annual summit

Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi for the annual summit  Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The will discuss the Key regional and global issues including US sanctions on the import of Iranian crude oil and S-400 missile deal. Also, it is expected that Russia and India will be […]

VAT rates on fuel has been reduced in 12 States

VAT rates on fuel has been reduced in 12 States Last month, Rajasthan had cut its state VAT on diesel and petrol by Rs.2.5 per litre, while Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh both had cut their VAT rates by Rs.2 per litre. West Bengal and Kerala had cut their VAT rates on petrol and diesel by Rs.1 per litre in September and […]

Indian International Science Festival Begins In Lucknow

Indian International Science Festival Begins In Lucknow Indian International Science Festival (IISF) 2018 will start in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. President Ramnath Kovind will formally inaugurate the festival. IISF-2018 with its focal theme “Science for Transformation” will have 23 special events. Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan announced that about ten thousand scientists and experts, […]

Forbes India Rich List 2018: Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian for 11th consecutive year with $47.3 billion

Forbes India Rich List 2018: Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian for 11th consecutive year with $47.3 billion Mukesh Ambani named as the richest Indian for the 11th consecutive year with a net worth of $47.3 billion, as per the ‘Forbes India Rich List 2018’. Reliance Industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani is also the biggest gainer of […]

Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar, Pakistan

Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar, Pakistan Saudi Arabia announced that it is to invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan’s growing deep-sea port of Gwadar, Islamabad. The agreement is after the visit of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Gulf kingdom as he seeks to attract foreign investment. Saudi has […]

China used tiny chips to steal U.S. technology secrets

China used tiny chips to steal U.S. technology secrets The Bloomberg News report said tiny chips were inserted in the U.S. computer equipment that was manufactured in China in order to steal U.S. technology secrets. The U.S. authorities alerted after finding a chip, that is the size of a grain of rice, were used on equipment made for Amazon and Apple, […]

DST boosts solar cooking

DST boosts solar cooking In order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Department of Science and Technology (DST)introduced a project to boost the solar cooking. DST has instituted Grand Challenge Awards for the design of solar cooking solutions at both household and community levels to empower rural people. The government has been encouraging the use of solar cookers. […]

Centre to introduce facial recognition technology at airports in February

Centre to introduce facial recognition technology at airports in February The Centre is set to introduce facial recognition technologyunder the “Digi Yatra” scheme at the Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports in February 2019. The passengers should initially register themselves on a web portal by providing identity proof. After registration, the passengers would be required to undergo a one-time verification at […]

India officially handed over seven Rohingya men to Myanmar authorities

India officially handed over seven Rohingya men to Myanmar authorities Seven Rohingya Muslim men who were arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Assam were officially handed over to Myanmar authorities. As the Supreme Court rejected the plea to intervene in the case, the deportation happened from the immigration point at Manipur’s border town Moreh. Immigration officials from Tamu took […]

India and ADB Sign $240 Million Loan For Safe Drinking Water Service For West Bengal

India and ADB Sign $240 Million Loan For Safe Drinking Water Service For West Bengal The Indian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed $240 million loans for providing safe and sustainable drinking water to about 1.65 million people in three districts of the state of West Bengal affected by arsenic, fluoride, and salinity. The signatories […]

Haryana MDU Declared Cleanest Government University By HRD Ministry

Haryana MDU Declared Cleanest Government University By HRD Ministry Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the “Swachh Campus rankings” under various categories. The rankings are decided on the basis of a survey under the ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign. “Swachh Campus rankings” under various categories are listed below: Cleanest ‘Government Universities’: 1. Maharishi Dayanand University, Haryana. […]

JAXAs probe Hayabusa2 launched MASCOT to study Ryugu asteroid

JAXAs probe Hayabusa2 launched MASCOT to study Ryugu asteroid Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) probe, Hayabusa2, launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout or MASCOT, a new observation robot towards Ryugu asteroid. MASCOT will pursue its mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system. MASCOT takes data from the surface of an asteroid which is […]

State Bank of India Reduces ATM Withdrawal Limit

State Bank of India Reduces ATM Withdrawal Limit  State Bank of India slashed the daily withdrawal limit on its classic debit card from Rs 40,000 to Rs 20,000. There is no change in the daily withdrawal limits on other cards. The new limit will be effective from October 31st 2018.

UN asked India to refrain the deportation of 7 Rohingya refugees

UN asked India to refrain the deportation of 7 Rohingya refugees India plans to deport the seven Rohingya illegals who entered via Assam to Myanmar. But two United Nations (UN) agencies have urged the Indian government to refrain from doing anything that would endanger the lives of the deportees as the current conditions in Rakhine State in Myanmar are not conducive for […]

Barham Salih Elected As The New President Of Iraq

Barham Salih Elected As The New President Of Iraq  Barham Salih elected Shiite Adel Abdul Mahdi as Prime Minister of the country. The move will pave the way to form a new government nearly five months after national elections. Salih won 220 votes out of the 273 lawmakers. About Iraq Capital: Baghdad Currency– Iraqi dinar Around […]

National Khadi Festival 2018 Held In Mumbai

National Khadi Festival 2018 Held In Mumbai 04 October 2018 Current Affairs: The National Khadi Festival 2018 is being organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to promote Khadi products. The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018. The main aim of […]

Air India launched 6 new flights

Air India launched 6 new flights Air India is to launch six new flights in the month of Octoberat New York, Frankfurt, London, Bangkok and Jaipur. Air India planned this for the better utilization of its aircraft as some of the aircraft were left idle lack of maintenance funds. The airline will be introducing a flight each on the Kolkata-Bangkok and […]

Cabinet approved for Mental Health Institute in Madhya Pradesh

Cabinet approved for Mental Health Institute in Madhya Pradesh The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of the National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) in Sehore district, Madhya Pradesh. The NIMHR at Madhya Pradesh will be the first of its kind in India in the area of mental health rehabilitation. The institute will also serve as […]

Manu Bhaker named as Indias Flag-Bearer at Youth Olympic Games

Manu Bhaker named as Indias Flag-Bearer at Youth Olympic Games Manu Bhaker was named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18.  Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra announced that the 16-year-old Bhaker will lead the Indian team in the opening ceremony.

Project Utkrisht launched by Indian Railways

Project Utkrisht launched by Indian Railways Indian Railways launched its Project ‘Utkrisht’ to upgrade 140 rakes of Mail/Express trains in the first phase. The main aim of the project aims to do the following: Installing ‘Swachh Rail Toilet’, Fitting of energy-efficient LED lights – in the main interior, doorway, gangway and inside toilets, Braille signage & […]

Arnold, Smith, Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Arnold, Smith, Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Frances Arnold from the U.S., George Smith from the U.S.,Gregory Winter of Britain won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for harnessing the power of evolution to produce novel proteins used in everything from environmentally friendly detergents and biofuels to cancer drugs. They were awarded for pioneering science in enzymes and antibodies. […]

Donald Trump ranked number 259 on Forbes list

Donald Trump ranked number 259 on Forbes list U.S. President Donald Trump ranked number 259 on the list released by Forbes’s wealthiest 400 billionaires. In 2017, he ranked number 248. Mr.Trump’s net worth has flatlined at $3.1 billion. In 2015, Forbes valued his net worth at $4.5 billion. Forbes attributes his declining wealth to deeper reporting about his assets, the decline in […]

BIAL chose L&T for Bengaluru airport T2 project

BIAL chose L&T for Bengaluru airport T2 project Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) gave L&T Construction its project to construct its Terminal-2 (T2) at the Kempegowda International Airport. The project worth around Rs.3,036 crore. The 2,55,000 sq.mt Phase 1 of T2 will augment the capacity of the airport by 25 million passengers per annum. The work includes design, engineering, procurement, construction, […]

Museum of Goa plans colourful flying exhibition

Museum of Goa plans colourful flying exhibition The Museum of Goa (MoG) Foundation is to hold a colourful flying exhibition titled Freedom is in the air. It is to celebrate the recent striking down of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Supreme Court of India, from November 10 to 30. The event will be held in collaboration with Hamsafar […]

SIDBI Launched National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign ‘Udyam Abhilasha’

SIDBI Launched National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign ‘Udyam Abhilasha’  Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States and reaching to around 15,000 youth. They will join to contribute “the transformation mission” unleashed for these districts.

India-Born Professor Gita Gopinath Named IMF Chief Economist

India-Born Professor Gita Gopinath Named IMF Chief Economist She succeeded Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld. She is currently working as John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi […]

Nobel Prize 2018: Nobel Prize In Physics Goes To Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou And Donna Strickland

Nobel Prize 2018: Nobel Prize In Physics Goes To Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou And Donna Strickland  Nobel Medicine or Physiology Prize awarded to James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”. This is for the first time that no Literature Prize will be given in […]

Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated World Peace monument

Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated World Peace monument Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the world’s largest dome at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology(MIT)’s World Peace University (MIT-WPU) campus at Loni Kalbhor. It was inaugurated to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The ‘World Peace Monument’ dome took nearly 13 years to be built. The monument is of 160 ft. in diameter […]

India ranked 5th in pictorial warnings on cigarette packets: Canadian Cancer Society

India ranked 5th in pictorial warnings on cigarette packets: Canadian Cancer Society According to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society named Cigarette Package Health Warning International Status Report 2018, India ranked 5th among 206 countries. This was released in Geneva at the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework […]

Mahatma Gandhi awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal

Mahatma Gandhi awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal It is the highest civilian honour given by the US Congress very few foreigners have received this award. The resolution is co-sponsored by four Indian American lawmakers Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal. Tulsi Gabbard is the current co-chair of the House Congressional Caucus on India […]

Ravi Venkatesan appointed as UNICEF special representative

Ravi Venkatesan appointed as UNICEF special representative  He was the chairman of the Bank of Baroda between 2015-18. About UNICEF Full Form: United Nations Children’s Fund. Executive Director: Henrietta H. Fore. Headquarters: New York, USA. Member: 190 countries.

Lonar Lake and St. Marys Island are announced to be geoparks

Lonar Lake and St. Marys Island are announced to be geoparks Lonar Lake, an ancient circular lake created by a meteorite strike, in Maharashtra and St. Mary’s Island, a hexagonal mosaic of basaltic rocks in an island off Udupi are poised to become global geoparks, under the plan of Geological Survey of India (GSI). Lonar Lake […]

OPPI re-elected A Vaidheesh as President for 2nd term of Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

OPPI re-elected A Vaidheesh as President for 2nd term of Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)  The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) re-elected A Vaidheesh as President for the second consecutive term. He is working as Vice President, South Asia & Managing Director, in GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. It represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies in India.

Odisha government launched own food security scheme Odisha government launched its own food security schemeon the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme at four different districtsthrough video conferencing from the State Secretariat, Bhubaneswar. This scheme will benefit 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act(NFSA). The beneficiaries will get […]

Three scientists, laser pioneers, won Nobel Physics prize

Three scientists, laser pioneers, won Nobel Physics prize Three scientists, Arthur Ashkin of the U.S., Gerard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada, won the Nobel Physics Prize for inventing optical lasers that have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in corrective eye surgery. Arthur Ashkin won one half of the 9 million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million) prize, while Gerard Mourou […]

Researchers developed spacesuits for microbes

Researchers developed spacesuits for microbes Researchers from the University of California (UC) Berkeley developed spacesuits, a patchwork of mesh-like pieces called a Metal-Organic Framework (MOF), for bacteria which might allow the microbes to survive space environments that would otherwise kill them. The protective suits pair up with a living bacteria with light-absorbing semiconductors in order to capture carbon dioxide […]

Manipur won the 24th Senior Womens National football championships

Manipur won the 24th Senior Womens National football championships Manipur won the 24th Senior Women’s National football championships for the 19th time in Cuttack, Odisha. Manipur beat Odisha by securing 2-1 in the final. In the semifinals, Manipur had beaten Railways 4-3 in a penalty shootout, while Odisha dethroned Tamil Nadu 4-3.

Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus, a new species of hummingbird found

Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus, a new species of hummingbird found A team of Ornithologists in Ecuador has found a new species of hummingbird, a blue-green creature that lives in a cold, barren highland area. It is in danger of extinction. The bird has been named as Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus or blue-throated star. It is about 11 cm long and has a stunning, deep blue […]

New edition of Tirukkural is to be released on 5th October

New edition of Tirukkural is to be released on 5th October The new edition of Tirukkural will be released on October 5, 2018. Vedagiri Mudaliar, who taught Tamil in Madurai Tamil Sangam, set up a printing press exclusively for the purpose. In the 19th century, 1850 to be precise, Tamil scholars turned their attention to Kalathur as Vedagiri Mudaliar […]

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