Month: March 2019

First ever High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation (HLD-IPC) held in Jakarta, Indonesia

First ever High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation (HLD-IPC) held in Jakarta, Indonesia The Government of Indonesia hosted the first ever High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation (HLD-IPC) in its capital city Jakarta. The theme of the HLD was “Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Inclusive Region”.  It was inaugurated by Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla. The representatives […]

India’s deepest shaft cave discovered in Meghalaya

India’s deepest shaft cave discovered in Meghalaya India’s deepest shaft cave Krem Um Ladaw has been discovered in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district during the annual ‘Caving in the Abode of the Clouds Expedition’. The cave has a 105 m deep shaft entrance passage. This comes a year after the world’s longest sandstone cave Krem Puri was discovered in Meghalaya. With […]

ADB to invest USD 50 million in Avaada Energy for expansion of solar projects in India

ADB to invest USD 50 million in Avaada Energy for expansion of solar projects in India The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will invest $50 million in Indian renewable energy independent power producer Avaada Energy Private Limited, to expand its solar energy generation capacity in India. Avaada is a developer of utility-scale, rooftop, and off-grid solar projects. According to the ADB, […]

BJP releases list of candidates for Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls

BJP releases list of candidates for Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi again, while BJP President Amit Shah will fight from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.  Senior party leader and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh will fight from his sitting Lucknow seat, Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur and Col. Rajyavardhan […]

CBSE launches app Shiksha Vani

CBSE launches app Shiksha Vani Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched its podcast app, ‘Shiksha Vani’. It will be used to send out major announcements made by the board and is expected to be the quickest way to information. The first official circular on the app confirmed the beginning of the evaluation process of the […]

Jagmeet Singh made history in the House of Commons

Jagmeet Singh made history in the House of Commons Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh made history in the House of Commons, a component of Canada’s Parliament, as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country. Singh, 40, the leader of the New Democratic Party, was elected in federal by-elections held on February 25. Singh’s first words as […]

Abu Dhabi signed to host T10 League for next five years

Abu Dhabi signed to host T10 League for next five years Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season. The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be held on October 23. In Cricket, there are two short formats so far, that is, […]

World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March

World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March The World Water Day designated by the United Nations is celebrated on 22nd March every year. The first World Water Day was commemorated in 1993. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, […]

World Down Syndrome Day observed on March 21

World Down Syndrome Day observed on March 21 Recognizing the need to support people suffering from Down Syndrome, the WHO (world Health Organization) on 20th December 2007, recognized March 21st as ‘World Down Syndrome Day’. Following the decision of WHO, the United Nations General Assembly also designated the same date as “World Down Syndrome Day” on 19th December 2011. Since […]

Indias to fight hypothermia, Bracelets from Bengaluru saving babies in Papua New Guinea

Indias to fight hypothermia, Bracelets from Bengaluru saving babies in Papua New Guinea 22 March 2019 Current Affairs: Bempu is made in India Hypothermia alert device and the Bempu was invented in 2016 by Bengaluru-based Ratul Narain, who is an alumnus of Stanford University. Currently, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is using the device extensively in […]

India and Sri Lanka to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI

India and Sri Lanka to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI India and Sri Lanka is to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI from 26 March to 8 April at Sri Lanka.  At the Military Exercise Mitra Shakti VI India would be represented by the Bihar Regiment. Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army will be representing the Sri […]

Former hockey captain Sardar Singh appointed in Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Standing committee

Former hockey captain Sardar Singh appointed in Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Standing committee A total of 13 Indian Olympic Association members, including former India hockey captain Sardar Singh, have been named in various Standing Committees of the Olympic Council of Asia at its 38th General Assembly in Bangkok. Singh has been elected in the athletes standing committee, while IOA secretary general Rajeev […]

Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest Amendment Bill, 2017

Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest Amendment Bill, 2017 The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill replaces Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind in November 2017 and amends Indian Forest Act, 1927.   Though bamboo was taxonomically a grass, it was earlier defined as a tree under the Indian Forest Act, […]

FAO expressed its concerns over armyworms

FAO expressed its concerns over armyworms The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia. Farming in several Asian countries is under threat from Armyworms, a type of crop-damaging insects that have munched their way from America and across Africa.  These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri […]

India signals to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum for second time

India signals to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum for second time China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing […]

Mumbai social worker Gauri Sawant designated as first transgender election ambassador

Mumbai social worker Gauri Sawant designated as first transgender election ambassador A 38-year-old transgender activist Shree Gauri Sawant from Mumbai appointed as first transgender election ambassador by The Election Commission of India. There was no separate classification of transgenders as voters till 2014 but after that transgenders were first enrolled as voters along with males and […]

Italy to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pledged to make Italy the first Group of Seven nation to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative (BRI). This move will help rebalance Italy’s trade with the Asian nation. Four Italian ports could reportedly be opened to Chinese investments for BRI. The US has warned Italy […]

India ranked 140th in the happiest country in the world 2019 list

India ranked 140th in the happiest country in the world 2019 list Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world 2019 for the second year in succession. The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Networkfor the United Nations on March 20. India secured 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on UN World Happiness Report- […]

Mizoram Assembly passed Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019 to detect illegal foreigners

Mizoram Assembly passed Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019 to detect illegal foreigners Mizoram Assembly passed a new bill named Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019 with an objective to detect foreigners illegally residing in Mizoram,who takes away the benefits of the citizen of Mizoram. As per the Bill, the Assembly will create […]

SpiceJet becomes first Indian low-cost airline to join IATA as a member

SpiceJet becomes first Indian low-cost airline to join IATA as a member Budget carrier SpiceJet has joined global airlines’ grouping International Air Transport Association (IATA), becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership. The membership would help SpiceJet, which has ambitious expansion plans, to have codeshares and agreements with other carriers. IATA has over 290 airlines as […]

Indian-Omani group signs USD 3.8 billion deal to build Sri Lanka refinery

Indian-Omani group signs USD 3.8 billion deal to build Sri Lanka refinery India’s Accord Group and Oman’s oil ministry have signed a $3.85 billion deal to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka. This is the biggest single pledge of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) ever made in the country. The project will be located near the southern Sri Lankan port of Hambantota, […]

Google unveiled video game streaming service Stadia

Google unveiled video game streaming service Stadia Google unveiled its on-demand video-game streaming service Stadia, built for Chrome, Android and TVs, at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. Stadia’s ‘Crowd Play‘ feature will let people, watching a YouTube live stream, to actually join the streamer’s game. The service will initially be launched this year in […]

Kazakhstan renames capital Astana as ‘Nursultan’ after ex-President

Kazakhstan renames capital Astana as ‘Nursultan’ after ex-President Kazakhstan’s Parliament has voted to rename the country’s capital Astana as ‘Nursultan’, in honour of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had proposed the move to rename the capital in honour of Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation on March 19 after 30 years in power. Nazarbayev’s daughter, Dariga, was elected speaker of […]

India bags over 350 medals at Special Olympics World Games

India bags over 350 medals at Special Olympics World Games India got more over than 350 medals at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 at Abu Dhabi in UAE, making the history for the country. The current medal tally stands at 85 Gold, 153 Silver and 124  Bronze totalling 362 medals. Some of the biggest […]

Shark-faced plane lands at Delhi airport for the first time

Shark-faced plane lands at Delhi airport for the first time A shark-themed plane, an Embraer E190-E2 commercial jet, landed at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport for the first time. Last year, the shark-themed aircraft landed at Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport (Tibet), one of the world’s highest airports at 11,713 feet. E190-E2 is manufactured by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.

SAIL launched Smart Garbage Bins

SAIL launched Smart Garbage Bins Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has launched smart garbage bins made of stainless steel which integrates technology for smart waste management. Smart Garbage Bins The IOT (Internet of Things) enabled Gazelle sensors Smart Garbage Bins will send signals to the garbage collection vehicle about the ‘fill-up’ position of the bin. This provides for better cleaning and lower human intervention. These […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch unveiled

Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch unveiled The top part of the torch is shaped in the traditional emblem of the sakura, or cherry blossom using the same cutting-edge technology as in the production of Japan’s bullet trains, the organisers said. The shiny rose-gold torch, which is 71 centimetres (28 inches) long and weighs 1.2 kilograms (2 […]

Social Media platforms to prevent violation of Code of Ethics during polls

Social Media platforms to prevent violation of Code of Ethics during polls Social Media platforms and internet mobile Association of India (IAMAI) have adopted a Voluntary Code of Ethics for the forthcoming general elections. According to the code submitted to the election Committee, IAMAI and Social Media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google, will create […]

South Indian Bank to issue Basel III compliant bonds

South Indian Bank to issue Basel III compliant bonds South Indian Bank plans to raise up to Rs.250 crore by issuing Basel III compliant bonds. The Committee approvedthe information memorandum for issuance of rated, unsecured, redeemable, non-convertible, Basel III compliant, lower tier 2 bonds up to Rs.150 crore with an option to retain an over-subscription aggregating up to Rs.100 crore, aggregating to total issue size […]

Nirav Modi was denied bail in London

Nirav Modi was denied bail in London Indian businessman Nirav Modi who was accused in the Rs.13,000 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case was denied bail in London, despite offering the court assurances including £500,000 as security.  Mr.Modi is now due to appear before Emma Arbuthnot, the Chief Magistrate of Westminster Magistrates Court, who ordered Vijay Mallya’s extradition on […]

Cyclothon held on the occasion of World Sparrow Day

Cyclothon held on the occasion of World Sparrow Day A colourful cyclothonwas organised in Berhampur on the occasion of World Sparrow Day, March 20th, to mark the progress of making Ganjam the first sparrow-friendly district of Odisha. The event aimed at spreading awareness about the rising number of vehicles causing air pollution, which, in turn, affects the avian […]

India attacks UNSC for Progressively Undermining UNGA

India attacks UNSC for Progressively Undermining UNGA India and UN General Assembly must take lead in finding solutions to the challenges faced by the world, slamming the Security Council for “progressively undermining” the authority of the 193-member global body. India’s deputy permanent representative K Nagaraj Naidu said on Monday the growing number of complex challenges facing the world, […]

Scientists found evidence of water on asteroid Bennu

Scientists found evidence of water on asteroid Bennu Scientists have discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-earth asteroid Bennu. Data from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that is currently orbiting the asteroid confirm the presence of aqueously altered, hydrated minerals on its surface. Scientists say similar objects may have seeded the earth with water and organic materials.

Vodafone Idea approves terms for Rs. 25,000 Crore worth Rights Issue at 60 percent discount

Vodafone Idea approves terms for Rs. 25,000 Crore worth Rights Issue at 60 percent discount India’s largest telecom firm Vodafone Idea announced its board has approved ₹25,000 crore rights issue at a discount of around 60% to the current share prices. Vodafone Group and the Aditya Birla Group would contribute ₹11,000 crore and ₹7,250 crore, respectively. The issue will increase the […]

IND INDO CORPAT 2019 was inaugurated at Port Blair

IND INDO CORPAT 2019 was inaugurated at Port Blair The 33rd edition of India-Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) was inaugurated at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The IND-INDO CORPAT 2019 is held from 19 Mar to 04Apr 2019.  Navies of both countries have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice a year since 2002 in an effort to keep the Indian Ocean […]

CCFC was crowned the I League champion

CCFC was crowned the I League champion Chennai City Football Club (CCFC) was officially crowned theI-League champion in front of all the other clubs and bigwigs of All India Football Federation (AIFF) at a function in Chennai. Special awards were given to: ♦ Fair play award: Shillong Lajong ♦ Top goal scorer: Pedro Manzi (CCFC) and Willis Plaza (Churchill […]

India bags 188 medals at Special Olympics World Games

India bags 188 medals at Special Olympics World Games India won a total of 188 medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The medals include 50 gold, 63 silver and 75 bronze medals. In table tennis India won four gold and one silver medal. In Judo, Sonu Kumar from Rohtak, Haryana won the gold […]

New hydro policy will help to meet renewables target

New hydro policy will help to meet renewables target The Union Cabinet approval to the new hydroelectricity policythat, among other things, included large hydro projects within the ambit of renewable energy. Prior to the policy, only small hydro projects of a capacity of less than 25 MW were treated as renewable energy. Large hydro projects were treated as a separate […]

Soyuz successfully placed astronauts in ISS

Soyuz successfully placed astronauts in ISS Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA Astronaut Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchininsuccessfully docked International Space Station (ISS).  Soyuz Spacecraft is a Russian Spacecraft carries people and supplies to and from the space station. Soyuz Spacecraft also function as lifeboats and one Soyuz spacecraft is always docked to the space station, so that in case of emergency […]

Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant sworn-in as new Chief Minister of Goa

Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant sworn-in as new Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant (45), former Speaker of Goa legislative Assembly and MLA from Sankhelim in North Goa was sworn-in as 13th Chief Minister of Goa, succeeding Manohar Parrikar, who died on March 17 after a prolonged battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. Sudin alias Ramkrishna Dhavlikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijai Sardesai of Goa […]

Mukesh Ambani Tops Forbes List of Worlds Richest Sports Team Owners

Mukesh Ambani Tops Forbes List of Worlds Richest Sports Team Owners The chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani tops with a net worth of around$50 billion. Ambani bought the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians for over $100 million through RIL’s 100 percent subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The team had won the IPL […]

India & Afghanistan Signed an MOU On Digital Education Initiatives

India & Afghanistan Signed an MOU On Digital Education Initiatives The Ministry of Human Resource Development has signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with the Afghanistan government to work on digital education initiatives, which include many prominent programs developed by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The MoU was signed at IIT-Madras.  About Afghanistan • President: Ashraf […]

NGT questioned MoEF for not furnishing proper data

NGT questioned MoEF for not furnishing proper data The National Green Tribunal (NGT) questioned the Union Environment Ministry for not furnishing proper data on monitoring mechanism for compliance of conditions of environment clearance granted by the Ministry.  The observations came following submissions by the Ministry that a mechanism existed to periodically monitor the compliance of environmental clearance conditions which was being strengthened. The tribunal […]

Valtteri Bottas Won Australian F1 Grand Prix 2019

Valtteri Bottas Won Australian F1 Grand Prix 2019 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas beat his world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton to clinch the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Bottas, who claimed his first race win since Abu Dhabi in 2017claimed the extra point for the fastest lap in the race.

Microsoft Launched Project Sangam To Boost Indias Swachh Bharat Mission

Microsoft Launched Project Sangam To Boost Indias Swachh Bharat Mission Microsoft announced that it has partnered with The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to promote its Project ‘Sangam’ which is developed to accelerate Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in India. It is one of the world’s largest Cleanliness Programme. About Microsoft Industry: Computer software Headquarters: Hyderabad, India […]

Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth finished runner-up at Swiss Open

Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth finished runner-up at Swiss Open Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth won the silver medal at the Swiss Open after losing the men’s singles final to world number two and top-seeded Chinese shuttler Shi Yuqi in Basel, Switzerland. About 2019 Swiss Open: The 2019 Swiss Open, officially the YONEX Swiss Open 2019, was a badminton tournament which took place at St. […]

Assam gets digital awareness, launches i-help initiative to promote electoral literacy

Assam gets digital awareness, launches i-help initiative to promote electoral literacy Assam launched an initiative ‘i-help’ to promote digital electoral literacy in the state launched in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. The ‘i-help’ is a joint initiative of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC)in Assam. The CSCs are internet-enabled access […]

Business line Changemaker Awards 2019 were announced

Business line Changemaker Awards 2019 were announced Business line Changemaker Awards were constituted in the year 2018 to mark the completion of 25 years by the Hindu Business Line.  The winners of the Businessline Changemaker Award for 2019 are listed below:  ♦ Changemaker of the Year: Petitioners against Section 377 ♦ Changemaker of the Year: GST Council ♦ Iconic Changemaker: Bezwada Wilson (Safai […]

Indian Navy stand behind the cyclone hit Mozambique

Indian Navy stand behind the cyclone hit Mozambique India decides to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by tropical cyclone ‘#IDAI’. The coastal city of Beira on Friday, 15 March. The city’s power grid has currently crashed, the airport has been shut and most […]

NCLT approved ArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel

NCLT approved ArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLT) gave a conditional nod to aRs.42,000-croreoffer by world’s largest steelmakerArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel. NCLT said that the acceptance of the resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal and partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. would be subject to its final order in the […]

Cyclone Idai affected over 1.5 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai affected over 1.5 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands. According to the UN and government officials, Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries. The port city of Beira in Mozambique […]

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from Earth

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from Earth Astronomers have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from the Earth, from a time when the universe was less than 10 per cent of its present age. A professor at Princeton University in the US, Michael Strauss said, […]

Joint military exercise, Sary Arka Antiterror 2019, to be held in Uzbekistan

Joint military exercise, Sary Arka Antiterror 2019, to be held in Uzbekistan The decision to hold Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019, the first joint military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)was announced at the during the 34th meeting of the RATS council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The exercise is to be held Sary Arka, Kazakhstan. RATS Council: ♦ The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization […]

UNEA has adopted two resolutions piloted by India

UNEA has adopted two resolutions piloted by India The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The resolutions were passed at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi. The theme of the fourth session of UNEA was Innovative Solutions for environmental […]

Vijit becomes the first Indian Coast Guard ship to visit Indonesia

Vijit becomes the first Indian Coast Guard ship to visit Indonesia This visit of the coast guard ship follows from the first-ever-visit of Naval Ship INS Sumitra to Sabang in July 2018. Vijit’s visit to Sabang, Indonesia, also highlights strengthening cooperation in the area of maritime security and safety between New Delhi and Jakarta. ICGS Vijit is the 2nd in […]

Indian writer Raghu Karnad won Windham Campbell Prize

Indian writer Raghu Karnad won Windham Campbell Prize Indian Writer Raghu Karnadhas won the Windham-Campbell Prize $165,000 under the non-fiction category for his debut book, The Farthest Field: An Indian Story Of The Second World War. Raghu Karnad is the second Indian to receive the award. Earlier in 2016, Jerry Pinto had won the award for his novel, Em And The Big Hoom.  Karnad is one […]

India finished second in medal tally at Asian Youth Championships

India finished second in medal tally at Asian Youth Championships Indian youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals. China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals. Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, […]

Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong share the title of the world’s most expensive city

Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong share the title of the world’s most expensive city According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Asia’s Lion City – Singapore has been joined by Paris and Hong Kong in a tie at the top of the table. Switzerland’s Zurich and Geneva and Japan’s Osaka are also among top […]

For the first time ever Bengaluru FC crowned ISL Champions

For the first time ever Bengaluru FC crowned ISL Champions Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the dying minutes of the final against FC Goa, in Mumbai. The two teams were locked 0-0 after 90 minutes. Even the first extra time saw no goals but Bengaluru got better of […]

T. Irfan became first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

T. Irfan became first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo Olympics A 29-year-old Indian athlete from Kerala, K.T. Irfan qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as he finished fourth in the men’s 20 kilometre category at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. He got qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.  He made the cut […]

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away aged 63

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away aged 63 Parrikar had first become Goa CM in 2000 and had also served as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Parrikar was the first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus (of IIT, Bombay) to serve as Chief Minister of Goa in 2000. He became Chief Minister for four terms, but, ironically, could not […]

Pinaki Chandra Ghose named as Indias first Lokpal

Pinaki Chandra Ghose named as Indias first Lokpal Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to be India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman or Lokpal. He is the former Supreme Court judge and current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The decision was made by the PM-led high-level selection committee.  Mr.Ghose was appointed as judge of the Calcutta High Court in 1997 and went on to become Chief […]

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan received Padma Bhushan from President

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan received Padma Bhushan from President President Kovind presented Padma Bhushan to Shri Sankaralingam Nambi Narayanan for Science & Engineering. Shri Narayanan is an accomplished scientist with more than three decades of experience in Indian Space Research Organisation. The scientist was instrumental in developing the Vikas engine that would be used for the first PSLV […]

OCA reinstated Chess in Asian Games 2022

OCA reinstated Chess in Asian Games 2022 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to reinstate the Chess game to the Asian Games fold for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou. The top players welcomed the return of Chess. The OCA General Assembly met in Bangkok on March 3 and its president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad Al-Sabah officially confirmed the development to World Chess Federation (WCF) president […]

West Nile Virus found in Kerala

West Nile Virus found in Kerala A seven-year-old in Keralahas been detected with the West Nile Virus. The central government has sent the team to the state and is monitoring the case closely. West Nile Virus is a viral infection which typically spread by mosquitoes and results in neurological disease as well as death in people.  The Virus is the member of […]

Climate Vulnerability Index Highest For Assam And Mizoram

Climate Vulnerability Index Highest For Assam And Mizoram Indian scientists have developed a common framework for the assessment of climate change vulnerability in all the states in the Himalayan region. The assessment shows that the vulnerability index is the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42. Assam is highly vulnerable to climate change […]

Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed KVS Manian, Gaurang Shah as board directors

Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed KVS Manian, Gaurang Shah as board directors KVS Manian and Gaurang Shah appointed as Kotak Mahindra Bank ’s whole-time directors for a three-year term effective from the date of approval from the Reserve Bank of India. He is currently working as the president – corporate, an investment bank and Gaurang Shah […]

RBI allows HDFC Bank to hold only 9.9 percent in Bandhan Bank

RBI allows HDFC Bank to hold only 9.9 percent in Bandhan Bank HDFC, India’s largest mortgage lender, which has agreed to merge its low-cost arm Gruh Finance Pvt. Ltd. with Bandhan Bank, can hold 9.9 percent in the bank, according to its exchange filing. That’s the maximum a non-banking finance company can own in a private bank. HDFC had […]

Diksha, 18-yr-old becomes 2nd Indian golfer to win on Ladies European Tour

Diksha, 18-yr-old becomes 2nd Indian golfer to win on Ladies European Tour Diksha Dagar became the second Indian woman golfer to win an event on Ladies European Tour after clinching South African Women’s Open in Cape Town. Aditi Ashok was the first Indian to win on the Ladies European Tour after clinching Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurugram in 2016.

Santosh Jha appointed as The Next Ambassador Of India to the Republic Of Uzbekistan

Santosh Jha appointed as The Next Ambassador Of India to the Republic Of Uzbekistan Santosh Jha presently Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Uzbekistan. Presently, Mr Jha working as Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington DC USA.

BCCI announced Dream11 as official partner of VIVO IPL

BCCI announced Dream11 as official partner of VIVO IPL The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced Dream11, India’s Biggest Sports Game, as the Official Partner for the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL). This 4-year exclusive partnership will begin with the upcoming IPL 2019 season. Additionally, the ‘Official Fantasy Game’ of IPL will also be powered by Dream11.

Aviva Life Insurance launches Special Mentorship Programme Wings

Aviva Life Insurance launches Special Mentorship Programme Wings Aviva Life Insurance announced the launch of ‘Wings’, a specially designed mentorship program to empower the female workforce. Wings program is an initiative of the SHE division of Aviva Life Insurance for mentoring all the women employees in Aviva.

New hydro policy will help to meet renewables target

New hydro policy will help to meet renewables target The Union Cabinet approval to the new hydroelectricity policythat, among other things, included large hydro projects within the ambit of renewable energy. Prior to the policy, only small hydro projects of a capacity of less than 25 MW were treated as renewable energy. Large hydro projects were treated as a separate […]

Nara Lokesh, Poonam Mahajan among Indians in Young Global Leaders list

Nara Lokesh, Poonam Mahajan among Indians in Young Global Leaders list Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh, BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain are among the Indians featuring in the list of Young Global Leaders, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Telangana government’s Chief Innovation Officer Phanindra Sama, SaveLife Foundation’s Piyush Tewari and Kaleidofin’s co-Founder […]

India and Maldives agreed to cooperate on defence, development, health

India and Maldives agreed to cooperate on defence, development, health India and the Maldives discussed measures to strengthen ties and agreed to collaborate in the fields of defence, development cooperation, capacity building and health as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with the country’s top leadership, including her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid.  Ms. Swaraj and Maldivian Foreign Minister Shahid reviewed […]

Second Scorpene submarine Khanderi ready for induction

Second Scorpene submarine Khanderi ready for induction The Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi by early May. The remaining submarines in the series are in advanced stages of manufacturing and trials. Khanderi was launched into the water in January 2017 and has since been undergoing a series of trials.  Also, the fourth submarine Vela is ready to be launched into the […]

NGT directed 6 states to submit action plans for bringing air quality standards

NGT directed 6 states to submit action plans for bringing air quality standards The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed six States to submit by April 30 action plans for bringing air quality standards within the prescribed norms, failing which they would be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs.1 crore each.  A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered […]

Income Tax dept cracks down on terror funding in Kashmir valley

Income Tax dept cracks down on terror funding in Kashmir valley Income Tax Departmentconducted search actions at 5 locations in the Kashmir Valley. Few places in Jammu were also searched. In a release, the CBDT said, these actions are part of the Department’s continued drive against use of black money by disruptive elements in the […]

NITI Aayog and USAID organised IEMF

NITI Aayog and USAID organised IEMF Niti Ayog in association with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized the first workshop on the development of the India Energy Modelling Forum (IEMF). The workshop was organized under the Sustainable Growth Pillar of the India-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership. IEMF aims to improve cooperation and coordination between modelling teams, the Government of India, […]

Indian Embassy in Nepal awarded 200 scholarships to meritorious Nepali students

Indian Embassy in Nepal awarded 200 scholarships to meritorious Nepali students The Indian Embassy in Nepal has announced 200 scholarships to meritorious Nepali students for continuing various undergraduate courses at colleges and universities. The scholarships were granted under the Golden Jubilee Scholarship scheme.  Golden Jubilee Scholarship scheme was initiated by the Indian Embassy in Nepal to mark the completion of 50 years of […]

Erode Turmeric received GI tag

Erode Turmeric received GI tag Erode Turmeric has finally received GI tag from the Geographical Indication Registry. Erode is the city in the state of Tamil Nadu. The product to acquire GI tag has to indicate that a product of a particular origin has a certain quality or reputation or some other characteristics, which is essentially […]

AFINDEX 2019 held at Pune

AFINDEX 2019 held at Pune Africa-India Joint Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-19)between the Indian Army and 16 African nations will be conducted in Pune from March 18 to 27. The joint exercise would be held at Pune’s Foreign Training Node at Aundh Military Station and College of Military Engineering in Kirkee.  Features of AFINDEX-19: ♦ 10 personnel, each […]

India welcomes France’s decision to sanction Masood Azhar

India welcomes France’s decision to sanction Masood Azhar India welcomed the decision taken by France to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar.  In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Azhar who is a Pakistan-based and his outfit is UN proscribed terrorist organisation who is responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack. Earlier, France has decided […]

Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Arun Jaitley

Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Arun Jaitley Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received the award over successful implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The award was also presented to the petitioners against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalised homosexuality.

South Africas Duminy announces retirement from ODIs after 2019 World Cup

South Africas Duminy announces retirement from ODIs after 2019 World Cup The 2019 World Cup will be Duminy’s third appearance in the tournament, having featured for South Africa in 2011 in the subcontinent and in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Allrounder Jean-Paul Duminy had already retired from Test cricket in September 2017 after featuring in 46 matches. Duminy has played 193 ODIs […]

West Bengal has maximum first-time voters in Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal has maximum first-time voters in Lok Sabha polls According to Election Commission, West Bengal has the maximum number of first-time voters, around 20.1 lakh, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. WB is followed by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, with around 16.7 lakh and 13.6 lakh first-time voters, respectively. The number of people eligible to vote has reportedly increased by […]

Argentina, Colombia set to co-host Copa America in 2020

Argentina, Colombia set to co-host Copa America in 2020 Argentina and Colombia have been chosen in principle to co-host the 2020 Copa America. The 2020 Copa América will be the 47th edition of the Copa América. 2019 Copa América will be  staged in Brazil between June 14 and July 7. The Copa América is the world’s oldest international football tournament. The event was first […]

State Bank of India launched YONO Cash for cardless withdrawal of cash

State Bank of India launched YONO Cash for cardless withdrawal of cash State Bank of India launched ‘YONO Cash’ for cardless withdrawal of cash at over 16,500 SBI ATMs across the country. With this facility, customers can initiate the cash withdrawal process on the YONO app and set a six-digit YONO Cash PIN for the transaction.  They will also get a six-digit […]

India sets aspirational target for engineering exports at USD 200 bn by 2025

India sets aspirational target for engineering exports at USD 200 bn by 2025 India can achieve a three-fold “aspirational” increase in its engineering exports to reach $200 billion by 2025, if concerted efforts are made by the government and industry to develop a conducive ecosystem, and ensuring inputs at competitive prices, according to an EEPC India-Deloitte strategy paper. India’s […]

Sourav Ganguly appointed as advisor of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2019

Sourav Ganguly appointed as advisor of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was appointed as the advisor of Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils) for the upcoming edition of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will work closely with the team’s head coach Ricky Ponting. With Captain Shreyas Iyer, Delhi […]

USFDA approved Glenmarks generic version of acne treatment gel

USFDA approved Glenmarks generic version of acne treatment gel Glenmark Pharmaceuticals received its final approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), the US health regulator, for its generic version of BenzaClin gel used in the treatment of acne. The approval granted to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc, USA (Glenmark) by the USFDA is for Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel, […]

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Gandhinagar

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Gandhinagar President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation awards were also distributed by the President on the occasion. The event will provide a platform to the innovators for building […]

India to host FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020

India to host FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020 International Football Federation (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino announced that India will host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. The tournament in India will be the seventh edition. By virtue of being the host country, India will take part in the tournament for the first time in its history. This […]

Joint exercises to be conducted by US army and NSG in Hyderabad

Joint exercises to be conducted by US army and NSG in Hyderabad The US military forces and the Indian National Security Guard (NSG) is conducting joint exercises in Hyderabad. This would be a part of the US-India security partnership. The aim of these exercises is to enhance preparedness and tackle any crisis that affects the […]

ESPN World Fame 100 list: Virat Kohli the only Indian in Top 10

ESPN World Fame 100 list: Virat Kohli the only Indian in Top 10 This year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list, an annual list of the most famous athletes on the planet, placed the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at the top spot, followed by former Basketball player Lebron James and FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, stands on […]

Karnataka government plans for cloud seeding project

Karnataka government plans for cloud seeding project The government of Karnataka is planning for cloud seeding project due to drought and to influence the upcoming monsoon and capture as much water as possible from the rain clouds. The State government has called the tenders for cloud seeding operations to enhance rainfall during the monsoons of 2019 and 2020. The cost is expected to […]

Geographical Indication (GI) tag granted to Coorg Arabica Coffee and 4 other varieties of Coffee by the Geographical Indications Registry

Geographical Indication (GI) tag granted to Coorg Arabica Coffee and 4 other varieties of Coffee by the Geographical Indications Registry Geographical Indication (GI) tags have been granted to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee, by the Geographical Indications Registry on 1st March 2019. Coorg […]

Tokyo unveils chatty robots for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo unveils chatty robots for 2020 Olympics Tokyo Olympic organisers rolled out a pair of chatty robotsthey will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games. Toyota unveiled its Human Support Robots (HSR) and Delivery Support Robots (DSR), which are set to act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks.  The robots will introduce themselves […]

NGT suspended the expansion of Udupi thermal plant

NGT suspended the expansion of Udupi thermal plant The Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi, has ordered the suspension of the Environmental Clearance of August 1, 2017, granted for the expansion of thethermal plant of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) at Yellur in Udupi district by addition of 2 x 800 MW units to raise ultimate capacity […]

IIT Kharagpur signed MoU with C DAC for National Supercomputing Mission

IIT Kharagpur signed MoU with C DAC for National Supercomputing Mission IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to set up a 1.3 Petaflop high-performance computing facility and data centre funded under the National Supercomputing Mission.The new supercomputing system would be used for specific challenge domains like cryptography, chemistry, molecular dynamics, drug discovery, artificial […]

India gets first TIR shipment via Chabahar Port from Afghanistan

India gets first TIR shipment via Chabahar Port from Afghanistan The first shipment under the United Nations ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers’ (TIR) convention arrived in India from Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar Port. TIR allows goods to be sealed in compartments and requires no need for physical checking of the contents. This enables shipments to pass through countries without being opened at borders. India joined […]

Students of IIT Kharagpur developed app to detect Fake Notes

Students of IIT Kharagpur developed app to detect Fake Notes The Students from IIT- Kharagpur has devised a code for a Smartphone application to address the problem of detecting fake Indian currency. Detecting Fake Currency Students of IIT- Kharagpur has developed an image processing application which can detect counterfeit currency.  A user can upload a currency note image and the […]

Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. With the win, Karnataka set a record of most number of wins in a row by an Indian domestic team as they won 14 T20 matches to lift the coveted T20 trophy.

Archaeologists unearth evidence of earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain

Archaeologists unearth evidence of earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain when people and animals travelled hundreds of miles for prehistoric feasting rituals near the world-famous monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. The most comprehensive study, led by Cardiff University in the UK, to date, examined the […]

S. Narasimha appointed as mediator to resolve disputes of cricket administration by SC

S. Narasimha appointed as mediator to resolve disputes of cricket administration by SC Supreme Court appointed senior advocate P. S. Narasimha, as a mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country. A bench of Justices S. A. Bobde and A. M. Spare was informed by P. S. Narasimha that former apex […]

Kent RO receives the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2019

Kent RO receives the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2019 Kent RO Systems Pvt. Ltd. has been bestowed with the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2018-19 for its RO (Reverse Osmosis)+ UV + UF (Ultra Filtration) technology at the Water Digest Water Awards organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Water Digest Water Awards is backed by the Ministry of Water Resources, […]

Lingayat Pontiff Maate Mahadevi died aged 74 years

Lingayat Pontiff Maate Mahadevi died aged 74 years Prominent Lingayat pontiffand Basava Dharma Peetha President Maate Mahadevi passed away at the Manipal hospital in Bengaluru at the age of 74 years. She was born on 13th March 1946 in Sasalahatti, Chitradurga in Karnataka. She was an influential leader from the Lingayat community, took part in […]

Winners list of 2019 All England Open Badminton Championships

Winners list of 2019 All England Open Badminton Championships All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 was held from 6 Mar 2019 to 10 Mar 2019 at Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Winners in the various categories of the are: Men’s Singles: Japan’s Kento Momota Women’s Singles: China’s Chen Yufei Men’s Doubles: Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan Women’s Doubles: China’s […]

RBI categorises IDBI Bank as private sector lender

RBI categorises IDBI Bank as private sector lender IDBI Bank has been categorised as a private sector bank for regulatory purposes with effect from January 21, 2019. This follows  Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) acquiring 51 per cent of the total paid-up equity share capital of the bank. In April 2005, IDBI Bank was categorised under a new sub-group, ‘other public sector banks,’ […]

Russia releases coin commemorating annexation of Crimea

Russia releases coin commemorating annexation of Crimea A new coin that features the Crimea or Kerch Strait Bridge released by Russia’s central bank, to mark Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Two million new five ruble (about $0.08, €0.07) coins were pressed which depict an outline of the peninsula which was annexed by Russia in 2014. About […]

Sweden’s 16-year-old Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Sweden’s 16-year-old Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student and activist has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in climate activism and fighting global warming. She began her weekly protest in August 2018 by riding her bicycle to the Swedish Parliament with ”School strike for climate” sign. The #FridaysForFuture movement went viral and spread over 80 […]

World Consumer Rights Day is observed on 15th March

World Consumer Rights Day is observed on 15th March The consumer movement marks 15th March with World Consumer Rights Day every year, as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights and needs. The theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 is ‘Trusted Smart Products’.The day demands that the rights of all consumers are respected and protected, and to […]

Good nesting season for Olive Ridley turtles, says TN forest department

Good nesting season for Olive Ridley turtles, says TN forest department Through the Olive Ridley nesting season so far, the Forest Department of Tamil Nadu State has recorded 251 nests and has collected 28,527 eggs which have been taken to their hatcheries. This is double the number of nests recorded by the department the previous year. Olive ridley sea turtle: ♦ […]

M.R.Kumar takes charge as Chairman of LIC

M.R.Kumar takes charge as Chairman of LIC M.R.Kumar, the newly-appointed chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), has taken charge on 14th March. Mr.Kumar took over from Hemant Bhargava who had been the acting chairman since January 2019. Mr.Kumar had joined LIC as a direct recruit officer in 1983.  The government had also named two MDs for […]

Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region

Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region Social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, Padmanaban Gopalan, founder of No Food Waste named the winner of the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region worth 3,000 Pounds at a ceremony at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He was given the honour for his work […]

Army Chief Bipin Rawat conferred PVSM by President Kovind

Army Chief Bipin Rawat conferred PVSM by President Kovind Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), the highest military medal award in recognition of peace-time service not accounting to gallantry, by President Ram Nath Kovind. President also awarded three Kirti Chakrasand 15 Shaurya Chakras to armed forces personnel for displaying gallantry. Two Kirti Chakras were posthumously awarded […]

Vienna topped the Most Liveable Cities index for the 10th year

Vienna topped the Most Liveable Cities index for the 10th year The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Zurich in Switzerland, is placed second in the index, while Auckland, Munich and Vancouver came joint third. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is ranked at 105 in Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index and […]

ECI to launch Observer App

ECI to launch Observer App The Election Commission of India (ECI) is to launch the Observer App, a mobile application, that will help poll observers to submit reports. The poll observers will get all the important notifications and alerts through the ‘Observer App’. It will also help them get their deployment status and download the ID card. As the […]

Smart Weapon from JF-17 fighter jet successful test fired by Pakistan

Smart Weapon from JF-17 fighter jet successful test fired by Pakistan Pakistan Air Force (PAF) successfully test-fired an indigenously developed “smart weapon” from a JF-17 Thunder fighter jet amid tensions between India and Pakistan. JF-17 was previously referred as FC-1 Xiaolong which is a single-engine multi-role light fighter was being jointly produced by Pakistan with China for several […]

Three Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras awarded by the President to Army Personnel

Three Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras awarded by the President to Army Personnel President Ram Nath Kovindconferred 3 Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at the Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.  2 Kirti Chakras and 1 […]

RInfra to sell Delhi-Agra Toll Road in Rs 3,600 crore deal

RInfra to sell Delhi-Agra Toll Road in Rs 3,600 crore deal Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has signed a “definitive binding agreement” with Singapore-based Cube Highwaysand Infrastructure for sale of its 100 per cent stake in Delhi-Agra (DA) Toll Road Pvt Ltd. The deal is valued over Rs 3,600 crore. In addition, NHAI claims of Rs 1,200 crore to be filed by DA […]

IFFM to be from 29th March at Malappuram, Kerala

IFFM to be from 29th March at Malappuram, Kerala The 77th International Film Festival of Malappuram (IFFM)organised by the Rasmi Film Society will be held at Malappuram, Kerala on March 29, 30 and 31. Actor Indranswill inaugurate the festival at the Municipal bus-stand auditorium, named after filmmaker Mrinal. Sen.V.C. Abhilash’s Aalorukkam will be the inaugural film. There will be 11 films […]

NTPC partners with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation

NTPC partners with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation State-run National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC)has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation. The partnership is to help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants.  NTPC had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hazipur-based East Central Railway Zone for transportation […]

Arecanut Gets Its First GI Tag For Sirsi Supari

Arecanut Gets Its First GI Tag For Sirsi Supari Registrar of Geographical Indications, Government of India, accorded a GI tag, ‘Sirsi Supari’, to arecanut grown in Sirsi, Siddpaur and Yellapur taluks of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. The Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (TSS) Ltd, a Sirsi-based agri cooperative, is the registered proprietor of the GI ‘Sirsi Supari’.

DRDO successfully test fired Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile

DRDO successfully test fired Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in the desert ranges of Rajasthan. The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) comes loaded with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. It has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers. The indigenously developed missile has features like a […]

UK removes cap on PhD level work visas

UK removes cap on PhD level work visas U.K. announced in a Budget update, referred to as the annual Spring Statement, that from later this year all PhD-level highly-qualified roles will be exempt from any cap on the numbers that can apply and come to work in Britain. Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from […]

Special olympics World Game began in UAE

Special olympics World Game began in UAE Special Olympics World Games 2019 is held at Abu Dhabi, from March 14 to 21. The Games were declared open by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. There are 7,500 athletes from 190 countries taking part at the Games this year. Team India is the second largest […]

Brookfield acquires RILs East West Pipeline

Brookfield acquires RILs East West Pipeline India Infrastructure Trust, an infrastructure investment trust(InvIT), sponsored by Brookfield, will acquire the East WestPipeline for Rs. 3,000 crore. The pipeline is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd’s promoters’ family.  As a part of the transaction, the InvIT would acquire 100% equity interest in Pipeline Infrastructure Private Ltd. which currently owns and operates the pipeline. Following […]

Under CMCHIS schemen 4 amputees gets artificial limbs

Under CMCHIS schemen 4 amputees gets artificial limbs Four patients received artificial limbs through the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, Chennai.  This was the first time that the department was providing prosthesis to amputees under the CMCHIS. The prosthesis is lightweight, resilient and cosmetically acceptable […]

HDFC Bank becomes third Indian firm to cross Rs 6 lakh crore in value

HDFC Bank becomes third Indian firm to cross Rs 6 lakh crore in value HDFC Bank crossed the ₹6 lakh crore market capitalisation mark for the first time on March 13, becoming only the third Indian company to achieve the milestone. Reliance Industries is the most valued Indian company with a market value of ₹8.50 lakh crore, followed by TCS at ₹7.50 lakh […]

HGS and NASSCOM to launch centre of excellence for PwDs in Bangalore

HGS and NASSCOM to launch centre of excellence for PwDs in Bangalore Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) partnered with National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Foundation to launch a centre of excellence in Bengaluru for training differently-abled persons (PwDs) which will train a minimum of 100 PwDs making them industry-ready over the next 12 […]

India bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after the Ethiopian Airlines crash

India bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after the Ethiopian Airlines crash Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft banned by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the Indian airspace from 1600 hrs IST or 1030 UTC 13th March 2019. The airlines affected by this are SpiceJet which has 13 jets of the model 8 variant and Jet Airways which […]

Thirty four edition of Aahar International Food and Hospitality Fair begins in New Delhi

Thirty four edition of Aahar International Food and Hospitality Fair begins in New Delhi 34th edition of Aahar- the International Food and Hospitality Fair which is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) begins in New Delhi on 12th March 2019. Participants from China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Spain, USA and UK are participating in the […]

Japan announced Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum

Japan announced Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum The Japanese government announced a donation of some Rs 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum, Kolkata in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India. Rabindranath Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India’s leading cultural ambassador. […]

India ranks 16th in terms of highest number of impacted species in hotspots

India ranks 16th in terms of highest number of impacted species in hotspots India was ranked 16th in the world in terms of highest number of impacted species in biodiversity-rich zones (also known as hotspots) due to human actions. In India, 35 species affected on an average in biodiversity-rich zones. Malaysia ranks first among countries with highest number of impacted species (on an average 125 species). […]

India extended USD 250 million to Nepal

India extended USD 250 million to Nepal India has extended a grant assistance of up to USD 250 million to Nepal for the reconstruction of infrastructures in the areas of housing, education, health and cultural heritage that was destroyed during the devastating April 2015 earthquake which saw the death of over 9,000 people.

UK issued a Black hole Coin to commemorate Stephen Hawking

UK issued a Black hole Coin to commemorate Stephen Hawking The United Kingdom has commemorated Professor Stephen Hawking in a new 50p coin. The coin has references to the late physicist’s pioneering work on black holes.  Black Hole Coin  The commemorative coin aims to celebrate the life and “ground-breaking” achievements of Hawking, who passed away in 2018. It is a commemorative […]

Ved Rahi will be awarded with Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puruskar

Ved Rahi will be awarded with Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puruskar Famous Novelist and Film Director, Ved Rahi will be awarded prestigious KusumagrajRashtriya Sahitya Puruskar which carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh, A memento and a citation. Ved Rahi was born in Jammu in 1933 and he had written seven novels in Dogri Language. He also wrote in Hindi […]

Rahul Bajaj resigns as chairman of Bajaj Finserv

Rahul Bajaj resigns as chairman of Bajaj Finserv Rahul Bajaj will step down as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Financial services company ‘Bajaj Finserv’ on May 16. However, he will continue to serve the company as Chairman Emeritus. The 80-year-old has been at the helm of Bajaj Finserv since its inception in 2007and the Bajaj Group for around five […]

EU has added 10 countries in the Tax blacklist

EU has added 10 countries in the Tax blacklist The European Union has expanded its tax haven blacklist by including 10 countries. The list now has 15 countries. The list was first drawn up by EU in 2017 in the wake of several scandals that pushed the EU into doing more to fight tax evasion by multinationals and the rich.  […]

RBI to inject rupee liquidity through Forex swap

RBI to inject rupee liquidity through Forex swap The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)has decided to inject rupee liquidity into the system through long-term foreign exchange buy/sell swap, a first-of-its-kind instrument, used for liquidity management. The RBI would conduct dollar-rupee buy/sell swap auction of $5 billion for a three-year tenor on March 26. The U.S. dollar amount mobilised through this auction […]

Over 605 people have died of swine flu in 2019 so far: Health Ministry

Over 605 people have died of swine flu in 2019 so far: Health Ministry According to data from the Union Health Ministry, as many as 605people have died due to swine fluthis year, with 75 deaths being reported last week. Over 19,380 people have tested positive for the virus. Rajasthan reported the highest number of swine flu cases […]

Over 12 Indian states banned e-cigarettes

Over 12 Indian states banned e-cigarettes Following an advisory from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued in 2018, Twelve states across India have banned Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes. States of Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jharkhand have taken steps to ban […]

Krishna Kumari Kohli becomes the first Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate of Pakistan

Krishna Kumari Kohli becomes the first Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate of Pakistan Krishna Kumari Kohli appointed as the first female senator of Pakistan from the Hindu Dalit community. She is also the first Thai Hindu woman to be elected to the Pakistan Senate. On 8th March 2019, which was celebrated […]

World Kidney Day 2019 is observed on 14th March

World Kidney Day 2019 is observed on 14th March World Kidney Day 2019 is observed on 14th March. The theme of the World Kidney Day 2019 is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.  Second Thursday of March every year is observed as World Kidney Day every year as a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys […]

Industrial production growth declined to 1.7% in January 2019 as per CSO report

Industrial production growth declined to 1.7% in January 2019 as per CSO report The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the data for the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for the month of January. The IIP data shows that: Industrial output growth stood at 1.7% in January against the 2.6% growth recorded in December 2018.  Eleven out of the […]

Japan plans to stun the world in 2020 Olympics

Japan plans to stun the world in 2020 Olympics Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV: Japan Inc. plans to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology.  The last time Japan hosted the summer games, Tokyo 1964, it stunned the visitors with its shinkansen, the sleek high-speed […]

NASA to send women to Mars

NASA to send women to Mars NASA, the US Space agency, said that the first person to set foot on Mars is likely to be a woman. It said that women are at the forefront of the U.S. space agency’s upcoming plans.  NASA recently announced that it will have its first all-female spacewalk at the end […]

Chennai to get second greenfield airport

Chennai to get second greenfield airport The Tamil Nadu government has finally taken the first step towards building the second greenfield airport near Chennai. Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco) Limited has issued a Request for Proposal to appoint a consultant for preparing a draft report and identify potential sites near the city.  Tidco was chosen as the nodal […]

Keralas Marayur jaggery finally gets Geographical Indication tag

Keralas Marayur jaggery finally gets Geographical Indication tag The Marayoor Jaggery, the traditional and handmade product from Idukki district of Kerala, received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Central Government. In Marayur and Kanthallur grama panchayats of Kerlala, jaggery is produced without adding any chemicals. The distinct features of the Marayur Jaggery are high sweetness with less saltiness, high content […]

Pinaka guided rocket system successfully test fired

Pinaka guided rocket system successfully test fired Defence Research and Development organisation, DRDOsuccessfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocketsystem from Pokhran range in Rajasthan. This indigenously developed Guided PINAKA by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits. Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India for the Indian Army. Pinaka saw service […]

Mohammad Shtayyeh appointed as the Prime Minister of Palestine by its President Mahmoud Abbas

Mohammad Shtayyeh appointed as the Prime Minister of Palestine by its President Mahmoud Abbas President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas appointed Mohammad Shtayyeh as the Palestinian Prime Minister. He succeeds Rami al-Hamdallah who resigned from this post 6 weeks ago. He is 61 years old and is a member of the central committee of the president’s […]

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma Awards on 47 recipients

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma Awards on 47 recipients President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards on 47 of this year’s 112 recipients at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The remaining winners are likely to be conferred the honour on March 16. The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, is conferred in three categories — the […]

India stands worlds 2nd largest arms importer says SIPRI

India stands worlds 2nd largest arms importer says SIPRI According to the latest report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014–18 and accounted for 9.5% of the global total. Saudi Arabia which holds the long-held tag as largest importer accounted for 12% of the total imports during […]

ArcelorMittal receives NCLT nod for taking over Essar Steel at Rs 42,000 Crore

ArcelorMittal receives NCLT nod for taking over Essar Steel at Rs 42,000 Crore A resolution plan of Rs. 42,000 crores submitted by ArcelorMittal for the acquisition of Essar Steel Ltd. was approved by the Ahmedabad bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The approval has been granted 583 days after the beginning of insolvency proceedings, against […]

Marshall Islands digital currency SOV to be released in 2019

Marshall Islands digital currency SOV to be released in 2019 The Marshall Islands is planning to release a digital currency called “SOV” this year in 2019. Neema, an Israel-based company, is partnering with the Marshall Islands government to develop the digital currency. About Marshall Islands ♦ Capital – Majuro ♦ Currency – US Dollar ♦ President – […]

Centre launched Pulse Polio Programme 2019 to eradicate Polio

Centre launched Pulse Polio Programme 2019 to eradicate Polio The government has launched the Pulse Polio Programme 2019. Under the programme, polio drops would be administered to children less than five years of age. More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be administered polio drops.  The pulse polio programme aims […]

Korea Exim Bank to give Rs 4,100 crore loan for Vizag Metro

Korea Exim Bank to give Rs 4,100 crore loan for Vizag Metro Korea Exim Bank has come forward to extend a Rs 4,100 crore loan for Visakhapatnam Metro Rail project. The three-corridor Vizag Metro would be built over a stretch of 42.55 km at a cost of Rs 8,300 crore. About Korea Eximbank: ♦ Also called  Export–Import Bank of Korea ♦ It is […]

Venkaiah Naidu conferred Honorary Doctorate from the University of Peace

Venkaiah Naidu conferred Honorary Doctorate from the University of Peace Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the UN established the University of Peace. He is the first Indian to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Peace. The university has stated that the degree of “Doctor Honoris Causa” (Doctor of Philosophy) was conferred on the Indian Vice President […]

Centre amended the Enemy Property Order

Centre amended the Enemy Property Order The central government has amended the guidelines for disposal of the Enemy Property Order, 2018, to facilitate usages of enemy property by the state government exclusively for public use.  Enemy properties are the properties of the people who migrated to Pakistan during partition and also to China after the Sino-India war in 1962. It […]

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister meets PM Modi

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister meets PM Modi Saudi Arabia’s state minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi. Jubeir’s visit to India comes days after his trip to Pakistan‘sIslamabad. Saudi minister’s visit comes after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s stand-alone visits to India and Pakistan soon after the Pulwama terror attack. About Saudi Arabia: ♦ […]

IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – World athletics governing body, had decided not to lift a ban on Russia‘s athletics federation over doping. Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.

Madhya Pradesh Government raises Reservation Quota of OBCs to 27 percent

Madhya Pradesh Government raises Reservation Quota of OBCs to 27 percent Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel approved the ordinance to increase reservation for Other Backward Classes(OBCs) from 14 per cent to 27 per cent, making MP the only state in India to have 27 per cent quota for OBCs. At present, the state provides 20 per cent reservation to Scheduled […]

Jammu and Kashmir government to give monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy

Jammu and Kashmir government to give monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy Draft on Reintegration proposes a monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy by the Jammu and Kashmir government. The move is to encourage the youths hailing from Jammu and Kashmir to Shun militancy.  The government proposes to offer […]

PM attended 50th Raising Day celebrations of CISF

PM attended 50th Raising Day celebrations of CISF Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 50th Raising Day celebrations of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He suggested the idea of starting digital museums at airports and metros, showcasing the work of CISF. Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF): Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) came into existence […]

PM inaugurated Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology

PM inaugurated Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. He also unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus.  Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology is a state-of-the-art institution that comprises of an auditorium, an open-air theatre, and an Archaeological […]

Jet Airways sought Rs.750 crore from Etihad

Jet Airways sought Rs.750 crore from Etihad Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways chairman, has sought urgent funding of Rs.750 crore from its equity partner Etihad, the reason cited was the very precarious position of the airline following the lingering cash flow issues which got amplified after the forced grounding of over 50 of its planes. The airline had also secured […]

Hardeep Puri launched the Indian Urban Observatory and Video wall at New Delhi

Hardeep Puri launched the Indian Urban Observatory and Video wall at New Delhi Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri, inaugurated the state-of-the-art India Urban Observatory and Video Wall at New Delhi. The India Urban Observatory will plug into the sources of data from cities, both from real-time and archival […]

Surat Metro Project springs up expected to serve the masses by 2024

Surat Metro Project springs up expected to serve the masses by 2024 The Government of Indiaapproved the Surat Metro Rail Project having two Metro Rail Corridors with a combined length of 40.35 km. The project will be completed in 5 years at an estimated project cost of Rs. 12020.32 Crore This project will provide continuous […]

Fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly to discuss curbing of plastic waste

Fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly to discuss curbing of plastic waste The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly has gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 – 15 March 2019.  In the five-day UN Environment Assembly, Countries from around the world has set their sights on a pivotal deal to curb plastic waste, a source of long-term pollution and worsening […]

Union Minister Smriti Irani Refurbished Handloom Haat in New Delhi

Union Minister Smriti Irani Refurbished Handloom Haat in New Delhi The refurbished Handloom Haat was inaugurated by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani at Janpath, New Delhi. The main aim is to provide infrastructural support to handloom agencies so that they can enhance their sales of handloom products and provide a platform to display a wide variety […]

Tata Motors SUV brand Harrier becomes VIVO IPL 2019s official partner

Tata Motors SUV brand Harrier becomes VIVO IPL 2019s official partner Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019’s official partner, TATA Motors will promote its newly-launched SUV, Harrier, as its lead brand at the event and showcase the SUV by means of the IPL platform. About TATA Motors ♦ Non-Executive Director and Chairman – N Chandrasekaran ♦ Headquarters – Mumbai

Historic Guinness World Record in yoga in Hong Kong made by over 1,000 people

Historic Guinness World Record in yoga in Hong Kong made by over 1,000 people A Guinness World Record in Yoga was set by more than a thousand people who performed the Virabathrasan or the Warrior II Pose for 3 minutes, in Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Hong Kong. This initiative to promote yoga was taken by […]

Indore declared as India’s cleanest city for third year in a row

Indore declared as India’s cleanest city for third year in a row Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for the third straight year in the central government’s Swachh Survekshan 2019awards. The second and third positions were grabbed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysuru in Karnataka, respectively. Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is the cleanest capital city. Top 3 performing states are Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra respectively […]

Malaysia to join the International Criminal Court

Malaysia to join the International Criminal Court Malaysia has ratified the Rome Statute to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The UN released a depositary notification indicating Malaysia’s accession to the ICC.  The ICC is a court of last resort meant for the prosecution of serious international crimes. The Rome Statute conferred jurisdiction to the ICC in 2002, […]

Indias Unemployment rate at 7.2% in February, the highest since September 2016

Indias Unemployment rate at 7.2% in February, the highest since September 2016 According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate rose to 7.2% in February2019, the worst in 28 months, and up from 5.9% in February 2018. Meanwhile, the labour force is down 25.7 million since September 2016 and the number of employed persons has declined by 18.3 million in […]

Bernard Arnault overtakes Warren Buffett as world’s third-richest person

Bernard Arnault overtakes Warren Buffett as world’s third-richest person On the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, French luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault has overtaken Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett as the world’s third-richest person. Arnault is now worth $83.1 billion, while Warren Buffett has a net worth of $83 billion. The Bloomberg Billionaire Index 2019: ♦ 1 Jeff Bezos $140 billion ♦ 2 Bill Gates […]

Three Jharkhand districts top in Niti’s development ranking

Three Jharkhand districts top in Niti’s development ranking Three Jharkhand districts Chatra, Sahibganj and Hazaribaghhave topped in the ranking of aspirational districts by Niti Aayog for the December 2018-January 2019 period. Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the list of 112 aspirational districts across six developmental areas. The development areas include health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial […]

UNODC referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade

UNODC referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade. The study has found more than 1,000 drug listings from India published across 50 online crypto-market platforms. The report also states that in 2017 Indian authorities have […]

ISRO and CNES signed to set up a joint maritime surveillance system

ISRO and CNES signed to set up a joint maritime surveillance system National space agency ISROand French space agency CNES signed an agreement to set up a joint maritime surveillance system in the country in May. K.Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES of France, signed the agreement in Bengaluru. The two nations will explore […]

March 1 2019 observed as World civil defence day

March 1 2019 observed as World civil defence day World Civil Defence Day is observed on 1st March every year, all over the world. The theme of this year’s World Civil Defence Day was“Children’s safety, our responsibility”. This day was incorporated in 1990 by the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO). The day marks the entry […]

Trump notified to terminate trade benefits for both India and Turkey

Trump notified to terminate trade benefits for both India and Turkey President Trump notified the Congress his intent to terminate trade benefits for both India and Turkey under theGeneralized System of Preference (GSP) eligibility criteria.  About 2,000 products, including auto components and textiles, can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing country meet the eligibility criteria. India was the largest […]

Bharat Electronics launches SWAGAT- Automatic Fare Collection Gating System

Bharat Electronics launches SWAGAT- Automatic Fare Collection Gating System Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a defence public sector undertaking, presented SWAGAT – the Automatic Fare Collection Gating System. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the system on Monday as part of the inaugural of Phase I of the Ahmedabad 

World Bank, Chhattisgarh State and GoI signed to support the States reforms

World Bank, Chhattisgarh State and GoI signed to support the States reforms The Government of India, the State Government of Chhattisgarh and the World Bank signed a $25.2 Million Loan Agreement to support the State’s Reforms in Expenditure Management under Chhattisgarh Public Financial Management and Accountability Program. Chhattisgarh Public Financial Management and Accountability Program: ♦ The reforms encompass Expenditure […]

India nominated Ramesh Chandra to head Food and Agricultural Organisation

India nominated Ramesh Chandra to head Food and Agricultural Organisation India has nominated Ramesh Chandra, a member of Niti Ayog, to head Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Ramesh Chand’s candidature is challenged by Qu Dongyu of China, Medi Moungui of Cameroon, Catherine Geslain-Laneelle of France and Davit Kirvalidze of Georgia. To get elected to the post of Director-General […]

Toyota and JAXA partners on a planned mission to the moon

Toyota and JAXA partners on a planned mission to the moon Toyota to join hands with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan’s space agency, on a planned mission to the moon, with the Japanese auto giant expected to develop a lunar rover. It will be the car manufacturer’s first full-fledged entry into space exploration after the company jointly developed […]

Delhi government launched four fully automated driving test centres

Delhi government launched four fully automated driving test centres The Delhi government threw open to the public four fully automated driving test centres. The first of the fully Automated Driving Test Centres (ADTCs) was inaugurated by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot at Mayur Vihar I Regional Transport Office. The other three ADTCs, at Vishwas Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, and Shakur Basti, also started operation.  The scientifically […]

Scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed as BARC Director

Scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed as BARC Director The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has appointed scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty as its Director. He has been appointed for a period of three years. He is at present Director, Physics Group in BARC and Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. The BARC is India’s premier nuclear research facility based in […]

BHEL installed 1st solar EV charging station on Delhi-Chandigarh Highway

BHEL installed 1st solar EV charging station on Delhi-Chandigarh Highway Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has set up its first solar-based electric vehicle (EV) charger on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway. The project is covered under the FAME scheme (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles). To be implemented from April 1, 2019, the FAME II scheme envisages setting up of about 2,700 charging stations across India so […]

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis unveils states new 5-year industrial policy

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis unveils states new 5-year industrial policy Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled the state’s new 5-year industrial policy emphasising on high-technology and employment generating businesses. The policy which will be effective from 1st of April this year aims to attract investments worth 10 lakh crore rupees. The rate of conversion of Memorandums […]

Notun Disha Initiated By Tripura Government

Notun Disha Initiated By Tripura Government The government of Tripuraannounced ‘Notun Disha’ (New Direction) for assessing the academic level of students in classes III-VIII and then improving their current level. It was launched by state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath. Training will be provided by NGOs and educational institutions to 800 teachers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch development projects in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch development projects in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka and Tamil Nadu today to launch various development projects. Mr Modi will dedicate the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Terminal at Bengaluru to the nation. He will also dedicate the ESIC Hospital and Medical College, Bengaluru.  The […]

New Delhi gives proof to US on Pakistan’s use of F-16 planes against India

New Delhi gives proof to US on Pakistan’s use of F-16 planes against India India given proof to the United States about the use of F-16 fighters and AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile by Pakistan during its unsuccessful aerial raid targeting Indian military installations on 27th of last month. India is confident that Washington […]

World Bank to provide 250 Million dollar for NRETP to boost Rural incomes in India

World Bank to provide 250 Million dollar for NRETP to boost Rural incomes in India The Agreement was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, in New Delhi. The main […]

Sheikh Ahmad re-elected as President of Olympic Council of Asia

Sheikh Ahmad re-elected as President of Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was officially re-elected for an eighth term as President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). He won a new five-year term until 2024. Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, also retained his position as a vice-president. About Olympic Council of Asia (OCA): ♦ […]

RInfra wins Rs 648 crore contract from AAI to build new airport at Gujarat

RInfra wins Rs 648 crore contract from AAI to build new airport at Gujarat Reliance Infrastructure (RInra) has bagged a Rs 648 crorecontract from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to build a new greenfield airport at Hirasar, in Rajkot district of Gujarat. The new airport is being constructed near National Highway-8B connecting Ahmedabad and Rajkot, nearly 36 km from […]

Over 93% of rural Indians have toilet access: Govt Survey

Over 93% of rural Indians have toilet access: Govt Survey The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey 2018-19, commissioned by the government has found that nearly 93%of rural India households have access to toilets and of these, 96.5% uses them. The survey also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of 90.7% villages. Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in October 2014, 50 crore people have stopped defecating in […]

New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital city in 2018

New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital city in 2018 According to a study by IQ AirVisual and Greenpeace, New Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital city in 2018. Delhi was followed by the Bangladesh capital – Dhaka and Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Also, Seven of the 10 most polluted cities in the world in 2018 are in India, with […]

Haryana Cabinet approved the 2019-20 excise policy

Haryana Cabinet approved the 2019-20 excise policy The Haryana Cabinet approved the excise policy for 2019-20,with a revenue target of Rs.7,500 crore. The decision was taken at a meeting under the chairmanship of CM Manohar Lal Khattar.  The Excise policy emphasizes the launch of Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives involving Application and Grant of Licenses online through the Department’s Portal www.haryanatax.gov.in. The […]

Azaadi ke Diwane Museum inaugurated at Red Fort

Azaadi ke Diwane Museum inaugurated at Red Fort ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ museum is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the country’s freedom struggle. Built by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the museum is the fifth in a series of recently inaugurated ones – the others being: ♦ the Subhash Chandra Bose and  Indian National Army (INA) museum, ♦ […]

Geological Survey of India sets up 22 GPS stations across country

Geological Survey of India sets up 22 GPS stations across country The Geological Survey of India (GSI) launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zonesand encourage mapping activities. The 22 GPS-Geodetic (pertaining to Geodesy, the science of earth measurement) observatories are located in Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Pune, Dehradun, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, […]

Mukesh Ambani secured 13th place in the Forbes list of the ultra wealthy

Mukesh Ambani secured 13th place in the Forbes list of the ultra wealthy In the release of the latest Forbes list of the ultra wealthy, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, secured 13th place. Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person with a wealth of $131 billion. Secondly, Bill Gates ranks second with wealth worth $96.5 billion and Warren Buffett in 3rd position. […]

Coal minister Goyal dedicates 1,000 MW NTPL power project to nation

Coal minister Goyal dedicates 1,000 MW NTPL power project to nation The 1,000-MW coal-fired thermal power project of NTPL (Neyveli Tamil Nadu Power Ltd) is a joint venture between NLCIL and TANGEDCO with an equity participation of 89:11. Piyush Goyal also dedicated 150-MW solar power projects of NLC India Ltd (NLCIL) in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is the sole beneficiary of […]

RBI fined 7 banks for delayed SWIFT implementation

RBI fined 7 banks for delayed SWIFT implementation The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty on 7 Banks for delayed implementation of SWIFT-related operational controls. It fined Rs.4 crore on Karnataka Bank, Rs.3 crore on City Union Bank, Rs.2 crore on DCB Bank and Rs.1 crore on Karur Vysya Bank Ltd., Rs. 4 crore on Indian Bank, Rs.3 crore on IOB and Rs.3 […]

India to collaborate with 4 countries to increase 3 species of Asian rhinos

India to collaborate with 4 countries to increase 3 species of Asian rhinos India is to collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia, and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian sub-continent. The five rhino range nations signed a declaration‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the […]

Rajnath to inaugurate an electronic surveillance project in Assam

Rajnath to inaugurate an electronic surveillance project in Assam Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to inaugurate an electronic surveillance project in Dhubri district of Assam, a riverine and highly porous stretch along the Bangladesh border.  The Home Ministry announced that the smart fencing will be operationalized in the 61 km riverine section of the international border in Dhubri district of Assam, where the […]

Vedanta has appointed Ajay Kapur as the CEO of its aluminium and power business

Vedanta has appointed Ajay Kapur as the CEO of its aluminium and power business Vedanta has appointed Ajay Kapur as the Chief Executive Officer of its aluminium and power business. He joins Vedanta from Ambuja Cements where he was the MD and CEO for its India business.  Mr. Kapur brings with him an experience of 31 years across business verticals. He […]

TVS Motor Company won the Green Era Award for Sustainability

TVS Motor Company won the Green Era Award for Sustainability TVS Motor Company won the International Sustainability award Green Era Award for Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal. Tata Motors also won the Quality and Business Excellence Award in acknowledgment of its endeavor to create new benchmarks in product quality.  Green Era Award for Sustainability: The Green Era Award for Sustainability was […]

ISRO launches ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ for school children

ISRO launches ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ for school children Indian Space Research Organisation launched “Yuva VIgyani Karyakram”, a “Young Scientist Programme” for the School Children to be studying in the ninth standard. ISRO Scientists will impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the young ones with the intent of arousing their […]

Centre banned Jamaat e lslami of Jammu and Kashmir for 5 years

Centre banned Jamaat e lslami of Jammu and Kashmir for 5 years The Ministry of Home Affairshas banned the Jamaat-e-lslami of Jammu and Kashmir for a period of 5 years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Organisation has been indulging in activities, which are prejudicial to internal security and public order and have the potential of disrupting the unity […]

Pranay Kumar Verma appointed As Indias Ambassador To Vietnam

Pranay Kumar Verma appointed As Indias Ambassador To Vietnam Ministry of External Affairs has appointed Pranay Kumar Verma as India’s Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Pranay Kumar Verma is a 1994 cadre Indian Foreign Services Officer and presently working as the Joint Secretary at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). About Vietnam Capital: Hanoi President: […]

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records in the following three sectors:  (i) Largest traffic and crowd management plan (ii) Biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme (iii) Biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism Kumbh Mela: ♦ Kumbh Mela, the […]

Punia won a gold medal in International wrestling tournament in Bulgaria

Punia won a gold medal in International wrestling tournament in Bulgaria India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia won a gold medal in the 65kg freestyle final at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov International wrestling tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria. Bajrang Punia defeated Jordan Olivier of USA.In the last six international tournaments, this is his 5th win.  He was ranked the world No.1 wrestler in […]

Bharti AXA General Insurance Claims The Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019

Bharti AXA General Insurance Claims The Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019 ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), which is one of the apex trade associations of India has conferred ‘Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019′ to Bharti AXA General Insurance. It is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises […]

President gave assent to Ordinance for voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for bank account and SIM

President gave assent to Ordinance for voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for bank account and SIM President Ram Nath Kovindhas given his approval for an Ordinance which allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for opening bank accounts and obtaining mobile SIM. Rajya Sabha could not approve the Bill even though Lok […]

Global Consumer Confidence Survey topped by India

Global Consumer Confidence Survey topped by India India ranked first in the Confidence Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey which was conducted in collaboration with a global performance management company Nielsen Holdings. India maintained its 1st position from 3rd quarter and in the 4th quarter of 2018 India’s Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) score is 133. South […]

Sanjeev Ranjan to be designated as Secretary at MoRTH

Sanjeev Ranjan to be designated as Secretary at MoRTH As a part of a top-level bureaucratic reshuffle affected by the central government according to a Personnel Ministry order, Senior IAS officer Sanjeev Ranjan has been designated as secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). Nagendra Nath Sinha, who is a managing director in […]

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates BOLD-QIT project in Assam

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates BOLD-QIT project in Assam Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the project BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) on India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri District of Assam.  Border Security Force, BSF is responsible for the safeguarding of over four thousand kilometres long International Border with Bangladesh.  At various places, it is not […]

GST collection for February slips to Rs 97,247 crore

GST collection for February slips to Rs 97,247 crore The Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection dropped to ₹97,247 crore in February, slipping below the ₹1 lakh croremark crossed in January. The decline came amidst the reduction in tax rates on 23 goods and services. The total number of GSTR 3B returns filed for the month of January up to February 28, […]

Cricket to be included in 2022 Asian Games

Cricket to be included in 2022 Asian Games Cricket is included in the sports programme for the 2022 Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China. The decision was reportedly taken at the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) General Assembly. Cricket was omitted from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014. In India’s absence, Sri Lanka – among […]

Roger Federer wins his 100th career title in Dubai

Roger Federer wins his 100th career title in Dubai Roger Federer is the second man to achieve the feat after America’s Jimmy Connors who ended his career with 109 titles. Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships to win his 100th career singles’ title.

PM launched ‘One Nation One Card’ for all modes of travel

PM launched ‘One Nation One Card’ for all modes of travel PM Narendra Modi launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service in Ahmedabad. Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card‘ can be used to pay for travelling on any mode of transportation and can also be used to withdraw money and […]

Indian Railways celebrate Golden Jubilee of first Rajdhani Express

Indian Railways celebrate Golden Jubilee of first Rajdhani Express The first Rajdhani Express of the Indian Railways network has completed 50 years on March 3, 2019. Kolkata’s Howrah Rajdhani Express was the first Rajdhani Express train and the very first fully air-conditioned train introduced by the Indian Railways. The Kolkata-New Delhi Rajdhani Express embarked on its maiden journey on March 3, 1969 from Howrah, […]

Sampriti 2019, joint military exercise between India and Bangladesh, began on 3rd March

Sampriti 2019, joint military exercise between India and Bangladesh, began on 3rd March Sampriti 2019, the eight edition of India Bangladesh joint military exercise began on 3rd March 2019. The joint exercise is aimed to increase mutual cooperation between the armies of India and Bangladesh. Sampriti 2019:  ♦ Sampriti 2019 is hosted by Bangladesh at Tangail will be held till March […]

Indian Bank receives Best Bank Award from TN Government

Indian Bank receives Best Bank Award from TN Government Tamilnadu government bestowed the Best Bank Award to the Indian Bank, for meeting the needs of women’s self-help groups (SHGs). About Indian Bank: ♦ Established in 1907 ♦ Headquartered in Chennai, India ♦ CEO: Padmaja Chunduru ♦ Tagline:  Your Own Bank

Second edition of the Indian Sign Language dictionary was released

Second edition of the Indian Sign Language dictionary was released The second edition of the Indian Sign Language dictionarywas released. It will provide the hearing impaired people with 6,000 words in Hindi and English along with their corresponding graphic representation. The first edition of the first-of-its-kind dictionary was launched with 3,000 words on March 23, 2018.  […]

Abinandan will be awarded Mahavir Award

Abinandan will be awarded Mahavir Award IAF Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman will be the 1st recipient of the ‘Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar’ instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti. He shot down a Pakistani Air Force jet F-16 with an R-73 air-to-air missile in a dogfight on February 27. He will be awarded on April […]

Gwalior: Centre for Disability Sports

Gwalior: Centre for Disability Sports A Centre for Disability Sports will be set up at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. It will ensure the effective participation of Persons with Disabilities in sports activities. It is being developed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It will have an Outdoor Athletic Stadium, Indoor Sports Complex and […]

Bajrang Punia won gold in Bulgaria

Bajrang Punia won gold in Bulgaria Wrestler Bajrang Punia won a gold medal in 65 KG freestyle in Bulgaria. The tournament, Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov was held in Ruse. He overpowered Jordan Oliver of USA by 12-3 in the final on March 2, 2019, and secured the maximum ranking points from the tournament. This is his 10th medal […]

One Nation One Card launched by PM

One Nation One Card launched by PM PM Narendra Modi launched ‘One Nation One Card’ in Ahmedabad on 4 March 2019. It can be used for paying for travel on any mode of transportation. It will enable people to use them either in PoS machines deployed at ticket counters or just use them like Metro […]

PM on 2-day visit to Gujarat

PM on 2-day visit to Gujarat PM Narendra Modi is on a 2-day visit to Gujarat from 4 March 2019. He will launch the Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana (PM-SYM) and inaugurate the first phase of 6-km-long Ahmedabad Metro service. He will also lay foundation stones for Umiya Dham temple and launch SAUNI water scheme.

4 banks fined by RBI

4 banks fined by RBI RBI imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 3 crore on Union Bank, Rs 2 crore on Dena Bank and Rs 1 crore each on IDBI and the SBI on 2 March 2019. They were charged for non-compliance with various directions. The penalty on the Union Bank was imposed for delay in […]

Aadhar, voluntary ID proof in banks

Aadhar, voluntary ID proof in banks President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to an ordinance that allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for opening bank accounts and buying SIM cards. The ordinance will omit Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act relating to the use of Aadhaar by private entities. The changes entail […]

Indian Bank received Best Bank Award

Indian Bank received Best Bank Award Public sector Indian Bank bagged the Best Bank Award from the Tamil Nadu government on 3 March 2019.  It was awarded for meeting the needs of women’s self-help groups (SHGs). Chief Minister of the state K Palaniswami handed over the award to the executive director of the bank M […]

New Memorandum of Understanding

New Memorandum of Understanding An MoU was signed between the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and Chinese paper manufacturing firm ‘Nine Dragons’ to invest Rs 4500 crores in the state. EDB, the investment promotion arm of Bahrain, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government to provide a framework for co-operation to promote fintech in their […]

ICC’s Cricket Committee head: Anil Kumble

ICC’s Cricket Committee head: Anil Kumble The ICC has reappointed former Team India captain Anil Kumble as the chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee during its quarterly meet in Dubai. Kumble, who has been the chairman of the committee since 2012, will be serving for a final three-year term. Kumble had replaced former Windies’ captain Clive […]

Adani Power’s Jharkhand SEZ project

Adani Power’s Jharkhand SEZ project The government has approved Adani Power’s ₹14,000-crore Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project in Jharkhand. It will export power generated to Bangladesh. The group had sought approval for setting up the project over an area of 425 hectares.

Deal with Russia to produce AK-203 rifles

Deal with Russia to produce AK-203 rifles India signed a deal with a Russian firm to manufacture 7.5 lakh AK-203 rifles, the latest derivative of the AK-47 rifles. The AK-203 rifles will be produced at the Indian Ordnance Factory at Amethi’s Korwa. The new rifles will replace the indigenous INSAS rifles in the Army, Air […]

U.S. closed Jerusalem consulate

U.S. closed Jerusalem consulate The US officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel. The consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians for decades.  The symbolic shift hands authority over U.S. diplomatic channels with […]

CISF set new Guinness World Record

CISF set new Guinness World Record Central Industrial Security Force achieved a Guinness world record feat in single line bicycle parade to mark the 50 years of the paramilitary force on March 3, 2019. The new record was created at the Yamuna Expressway in Noida. Personnel of CISF rode 1,327 bicycles non-stop with a uniform […]

Only 6 countries give equal rights to women

Only 6 countries give equal rights to women The World Bank found that only 6 countries in the world enshrine gender equality in laws affecting work as per its report ‘Women, business and the law 2019’ report. These countries are Sweden, France, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Latvia. The index assessed eight indicators that influence economic decisions […]

2 New Rail projects flagged off

2 New Rail projects flagged off Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis flagged off 11.28 km long 2nd phase of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle of Mumbai monorail network on 3 March 2019. PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Tejas Express between Madurai and Chennai, with two commercial stops.

Bhagwan Lal Sahni to head NCBC

Bhagwan Lal Sahni to head NCBC Bhagwan Lal Sahni, a BJP leader from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, assumed charge as the chairman of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The NCBC was given constitutional status by Parliament in 2018. Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Sudha Yadav, and Achary Talloju have been appointed as members of the commission.

Crew Dragon Rocket launched

Crew Dragon Rocket launched SpaceX launched an unmanned Crew Dragon craft from Florida to the International Space Station on 2 March 2019. It is a milestone for Elon Musk’s goal of enabling humans to live on other planets.

Essar got nod for shale exploration

Essar got nod for shale exploration Essar Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Ltd (EOGEPL) received environment clearance for exploring shale gas reserves in its Raniganj block in West Bengal. The expert appraisal committee (EAC) allowed Essar to drill 20 wells to explore shale gas in its Raniganj CBM block. It has been awarded an exploration […]

Hailakandi: Top aspirational district

Hailakandi: Top aspirational district Assam’s Hailakandi district has shot up to number 1 from the 52nd position, among the aspirational districts of the country as per a new report by the Niti Aayog. It ranked 1st among the 112 aspirational districts of India based on the performance during November-December 2018 and January 2019. Deputy commissioners of awarded […]

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India 2 days after being captured by Pakistan

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India 2 days after being captured by Pakistan Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani military on 27 February after his MiG-21 jet was shot down in PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir). After the pilot’s release, the Pakistan Foreign Office described him as a Prisoner of War. Tensions between India […]

PNB bank ranks highest in implementation of Reforms Agenda

PNB bank ranks highest in implementation of Reforms Agenda Punjab National Bank (PNB) secured top spot among all public sector banks in the implementation of ‘Reforms agenda’. PNB topped the list with a score of 78.4 out of 100 in the EASE-index which is followed by BoB (77.8), SBI (74.6), and Oriental Bank of Commerce […]

Ajay Narayan Jha became Member of the 15th Finance Commission

Ajay Narayan Jha became Member of the 15th Finance Commission Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joined the 15th Finance Commission as its Member in place of Shri Shaktikanta Das resigned as a Member of the Commission after being appointed as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). A 1982 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre, he was […]

Russia, China blocked a US resolution on Venezuela in the UN

Russia, China blocked a US resolution on Venezuela in the UN Russia and China vetoed a US resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on addressing the crisis in Venezuela. Russia’s draft resolution — which urged a settlement “through peaceful means” and insisted that all humanitarian aid be agreed by Maduro’s government — won only four votes: Russia, China, South […]

Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing

Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing National Boxing champion Deepak Singh (49kg) is the only Indian boxer who won gold medal at Makran Cup in Boxing held at Chabahar, Iran. The five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran P. Lalitha Prasad (52kg), Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik […]

Cabinet approves setting up of 22nd AIIMS at Manethi, Haryana

Cabinet approves setting up of 22nd AIIMS at Manethi, Haryana The new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Manethi, District Rewari, Haryana will be established at a cost of Rs 1,299 crore. Like other AIIMS in the country, the AIIMS Rewari will also be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The new AIIMS will add 100 […]

Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019 held betweens BSF and BGB

Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019 held betweens BSF and BGB Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) concluded a three-day Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019 as a part of confidence-building measures between the two border guards. The exercise was held in Comilla district of Bangladesh. The objective of Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019 was to plan and conduct anti-smuggling and anti-criminal […]

Indias first policy to protect bank locker launched by IFFCO Tokio General Insurance

Indias first policy to protect bank locker launched by IFFCO Tokio General Insurance IFFCO Tokio General Insurance launched ‘bank locker protector policy’, the first stand-alone bank locker cover offered by any insurance company with a plan to protect the contents of a bank locker such as jewelry, title documents, and other valuables. The policy offers […]

DCB Bank launches Open Banking Platform for next generation banking solutions

DCB Bank launches Open Banking Platform for next generation banking solutions Creating a collaborative ecosystem with enterprises, fintech and app developers, and enhancing customer-service delivery, DCB Bank announced the launch of its Open Banking Platform. More than 20 start-ups, fintechs, merchants, enterprises and developers are set to  partner with DCB Bank for access to its […]

Naresh Goyal agreed to step down as Jet Airways chairman

Naresh Goyal agreed to step down as Jet Airways chairman This comes weeks after reports suggested that the cash-strapped Jet airline has agreed to most of the conditions set by its second-largest shareholder Etihad for its revival. Etihad had agreed to invest in Jet Airways if Goyal stepped down from the board. Etihad Airways owns a 24% […]

Tata Steel has been recognised as one of Worlds Most Ethical Companies

Tata Steel has been recognised as one of Worlds Most Ethical Companies Tata Steel has been recognised as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for 2019.Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. For the eighth time, Tata Steel has got the recognition in the ‘Metals, Minerals and […]

RBI have signed a bilateral swap agreement with the Bank of Japan

RBI have signed a bilateral swap agreement with the Bank of Japan Reserve Bank of India (RBI)have signed a bilateral swap agreement with the Bank of Japan. The Swap agreement will provide India access to 75 billion US dollars against the 50 billion dollars under earlier BSA. The bilateral swap agreement will provide India to access the reserves if at any […]

Growth Rate in the Core Sector witnessed decline

Growth Rate in the Core Sector witnessed decline The data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industriesreported that the growth rate eight core sectors which include coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement, and electricity witnessed a decline. The core sector which had witnessed a 6.2% growth in January 2018 witnessed a growth rate of 1.8% in January.  […]

RBI has formed a task force on the offshore rupee market

RBI has formed a task force on the offshore rupee market The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has formed a task force on the offshore rupee market. It will be headed by former Deputy Governor Usha Thorat and will recommend steps for ensuring the stability of the currency. The task force shall examine the issues relating to the offshore rupee […]

Union Bank of India reduced the MCLR by 10 basis points

Union Bank of India reduced the MCLR by 10 basis points Union Bank of India, the State-run lender, said it had reduced the Marginal Cost of funds-based Lending Rate (MCLR) by 10 basis points across all tenors.  The lender has reduced its one-year MCLR or the minimum lending rate, against which most of the consumer loans are benchmarked, […]

IRCTC launched its own digital payment gateway ‘IRCTC iPay’

IRCTC launched its own digital payment gateway ‘IRCTC iPay’ With a view to promote Government’s Digital India initiative,  the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched its much awaited own payment aggregator system called “IRCTC iPay”. The new system will provide payment options like Credit Card, Debit card, Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and International card.

HRD Ministry Launches SHREYAS Scheme

HRD Ministry Launches SHREYAS Scheme Union Human Resources Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar, launched the “Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS)”. Main aim to provide industry apprenticeship opportunities to the general graduates exiting in April 2019 through the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in New Delhi.  The program will enhance the […]

Singaporean Bank DBS to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary in India from Mar 1

Singaporean Bank DBS to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary in India from Mar 1 The RBI approved merger of Singapore-based DBSBank’s Indian unit with its wholly owned local subsidiary, DBS Bank India Ltd. DBS presently operates 12 branches in India as a franchise. DBS was the first bank in India to launch digital-only operations as Digibank in 2016. The wholly-owned subsidiary model allows foreign lenders to […]

Suresh Raina becomes 1st Indian player to score 8000 runs in T20

Suresh Raina becomes 1st Indian player to score 8000 runs in T20 Raina (8001 runs) achieved this feat when he scored 12 runs for Uttar Pradesh against Puducherry in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match in Delhi. He is the second Indian player to have played 300 T20s after wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. West Indies batsman Chris Gayle tops the chart with 12,298 runs in 369 […]

Government may offer up to Rs 2.5 lakh subsidy for 60,000 e-cars

Government may offer up to Rs 2.5 lakh subsidy for 60,000 e-cars To promote green fuel in India via a Rs 10,000-crore package, government has reportedly proposed a subsidy of up to ₹2.5 lakh on around 60,000 electric cars in India, whereas hybrid cars may get ₹20,000 over the next three years. For electric buses, the subsidy would be up to Rs 60 lakh. This subsidy […]

Punjab govt seeks Rs 412 crore for dam to stop water to Pakistan

Punjab govt seeks Rs 412 crore for dam to stop water to Pakistan Punjab government has urged the central government to  release Rs 412 crore for the construction of a dam at Makora Pattan on the confluence of Ravi and Ujh rivers in Gurdarpur district by considering it as a national project for stopping India’s river water flow into Pakistan. The construction of the dam at Makora […]

Tamil Nadu is the first State in the country to introduce TAVI

Tamil Nadu is the first State in the country to introduce TAVI Tamil Nadu is the first State in the country to introduce Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) in the government sector. The TAVI was launched at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital (TNGMSSH), Omandurar Estate, in November 2018.  Tamil Nadu State government entered into a […]

The 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit held at New Delhi

The 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit held at New Delhi The 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summitbeing held at New Delhi was inaugurated by the Union Health Minister J P Nadda in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister of Information Technology. The summit provides an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers in improving the health and well-being […]

NITI Aayogpartnered with Adobe to enhance digital literacy

NITI Aayogpartnered with Adobe to enhance digital literacy NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and software major Adobe have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills.  Under the agreement, Adobe would implement the Adobe Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) initiative. Teachers and Children across these 100 schools would benefit from […]

MHRD launched STARS scheme on 28th February

MHRD launched STARS scheme on 28th February The Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the STARS scheme on National Science Day that is 28th February. STARS is abbreviated as Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science.  The Ministry has allocated Rs.250 crores for the implementation of the scheme. Under the scheme 500 science projects will be funded whose selection will be made based […]

CZPDC Bhopal And WZPDC Indore Honoured With Saubhagya Award

CZPDC Bhopal And WZPDC Indore Honoured With Saubhagya Award The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), Indore was conferred with the “Saubhagya Award” under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana at the National Conference of Energy Ministers by the Union Minister of State for Energy, R.K. Singh. The award […]

Cabinet approved the National Mineral Policy 2019 on 28th February

Cabinet approved the National Mineral Policy 2019 on 28th February The Union Cabinet approved the National Mineral Policy 2019 on 28th February 2019. The policy is aimed at bringing about more effective regulation to the sector as well as a more sustainable approach while addressing the issues of those affected by mining. The policy will also provide a more effective, meaningful […]

International Digital Health Symposium inaugurated by Anupriya Patel in New Delhi

International Digital Health Symposium inaugurated by Anupriya Patel in New Delhi Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Smt. Anupriya Patel inaugurated the International Digital Health Symposium and an exhibition on Digital Health as a part of the Symposium at New Delhi, The Discussions on various themes were held including: Futuristic Health Systems Challenges in Health […]

India and Sweden intend to increase cooperation on AMR

India and Sweden intend to increase cooperation on AMR Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Lena Hallengren, who was on a visit to India from 22nd to 25th February 2019, met with Union Health Minister J P Nadda and discussed about Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) which poses a dangerous challenge globally. Anti-microbial drugs, when overused, […]

Union Cabinet approved the National Policy on Software Products

Union Cabinet approved the National Policy on Software Products The Union Cabinet approved the National Policy on Software Products 2019 that aims to help the industry grow at CAGR of 40% to reach $70-80 billion by 2025 while creating employment opportunities for 3.5 million people.  The policy aims to adopt a shift in strategy so that IT products also […]

India and Brunei signed an agreement to exchange information on tax and banking matters

India and Brunei signed an agreement to exchange information on tax and banking matters India and Brunei signed a pact for exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to taxes in order to curb tax evasion and tax avoidance in New Delhi. This agreement will facilitate both the countries to exchange information, including […]

Cabinet approves Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Ordinance, 2019

Cabinet approves Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Ordinance, 2019 The Cabinet has also approved amendment to the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) order 1954 by the way of Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) amendment order, 2019. This will provide 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS), which includes Scheduled Castes (SC), Schedule Tribes (ST), in educational […]

ADIA to invest USD 500 million in Kotak fund

ADIA to invest USD 500 million in Kotak fund Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has committed$500 million to a fund that will be managed by Kotak Investment Advisors Limited. It will target a range of Non-Performing Loan (NPL) opportunities in India.  Kotak Special Situations Fund would target both pre-stress and distressed opportunities with a key focus on providing financial support to […]

Russia offers to help mediate between India and Pakistan

Russia offers to help mediate between India and Pakistan Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharovaannounced that, Russia is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan to defuse the recent tensions between the two countries. Russia has particularly close relations with India which buys large quantities of Russian military equipment and its relationship with Pakistan has warmed in recent years.

Mahesh Elkunchwar is to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award

Mahesh Elkunchwar is to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award Mahesh Elkunchwar, an eminent Indian playwright, has been chosen for Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.The award would be conferred on March 12 during the Mahindra Theater Festival.  Mahesh Elkunchwar is regarded as one of the progressive playwrights of the country and is critically-acclaimed and widely-known […]

Tik Tok to pay a penalty of USD 5.7 million to U.S. FTC

Tik Tok to pay a penalty of USD 5.7 million to U.S. FTC TikTok, the fast-growing, Chinese-owned video sharing network, agreed to pay a penalty of $5.7 million to U.S. authorities to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the penalty by the social network was the largest ever […]

India-Bangladesh joint military exercise ‘Sampriti 2019’ will be held in Tangail

India-Bangladesh joint military exercise ‘Sampriti 2019’ will be held in Tangail Exercise Sampriti 2019 will be held from 2nd March to 15th March at Tangail in Bangladesh. It will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries. Joint Exercise ‘Sampriti 2019’ was first held in Assam in 2011.

New railway zone, named Southern Coast Railway to be headquartered in Visakhapatnam

New railway zone, named Southern Coast Railway to be headquartered in Visakhapatnam Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh. The new railway zone – Southern Coast Railway, which will be headquartered in Visakhapatnam, will be the 18th zone in the country. The new zone will comprise the existing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions […]

DAC approved purchase of defence equipment worth Rs 2,700 crore

DAC approved purchase of defence equipment worth Rs 2,700 crore Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) granted approval for procurement of three cadet training ships for the Indian Navy, which would be utilised to provide basic sea training for officer cadets including women officer under trainees. DAC meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. DAC is the highest decision-making […]

Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as Nigerian President

Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as Nigerian President Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, secured 56 percent, or 15.2 million votes, in the February 23 polls. His main opponent, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), received 41 percent or 11.3 million votes. Muhammadu Buhari, 76-year-old, has been re-elected for a second four-year term. He […]

Govt detects Rs 20,000 crore GST evasion in April-Feb FY19

Govt detects Rs 20,000 crore GST evasion in April-Feb FY19 The government detected Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion of around Rs 20,000 crore between April 2018 and February 2019. Out of this, ₹10,000 crore has been recovered. Currently, GST has 4-tier slab of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent, while essential items are zero rated. About […]

Mukesh Ambani becomes world’s 8th richest with USD 54 bn wealth

Mukesh Ambani becomes world’s 8th richest with USD 54 bn wealth As per Hurun Global Rich List 2019, Reliance Industries’ 61-year-old Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the world’s eighth-richest person with a net worth of $54 billion. He is the only Asian among the top 10. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos topped the list for the second consecutive year with a net worth of USD 147 billion. […]

ISRO to launch defence satellite ‘Emisat’ in March for DRDO

ISRO to launch defence satellite ‘Emisat’ in March for DRDO In the special mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also launch 28 third-party satellites and will demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of ‘Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ (PSLV) rocket in March, 2019. Electronic intelligence satellite ‘Emisat’ of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) weighs […]

India has successfully test fired 2 indigenously developed QRSAM

India has successfully test fired 2 indigenously developed QRSAM India has successfully test-fired two indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district. The missile is an all-weather, all-terrain missile with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars. QRSAM uses solid-fuel propellant. Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles  ♦ The missile is an all-weather, […]

Govind Prasad Sharma is appinted as the Chairman of NBT

Govind Prasad Sharma is appinted as the Chairman of NBT Educationist and Author Govind Prasad Sharma has been appointed as the Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT). Govind Prasad Sharma has served as the Principal of Government P.G. College in Madhya Pradesh and in other Educational sectors previously.  National Book Trust National Book Trust (NBT) is an apex body established […]

Union Textile Minister inaugurated Titanwala Museum in Rajasthan

Union Textile Minister inaugurated Titanwala Museum in Rajasthan Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the ‘Titanwala Museum’ that showcases the hand block printing of the Chhipa community in Bagru. Bagru printing is one of the traditional techniques of printing with natural color followed by the chippas of Rajasthan. Suraj Narayan Titanwala took the initiative of setting up the […]

Dr. H Chaturvedis Book On Quality, Accreditation & Ranking Launched In New Delhi

Dr. H Chaturvedis Book On Quality, Accreditation & Ranking Launched In New Delhi Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the book titled ‘Quality, Accreditation, and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education’ The book is edited by Education Promotion Society for India’s (EPSI) Alternate President Dr. H Chaturvedi in New […]

MCCs budget includes Mysuru Yogalakshmi scheme

MCCs budget includes Mysuru Yogalakshmi scheme The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) presented the budget with an outlay of Rs.775 crore for the year 2019-20. MCC introduced new schemes that included Rs.25,000 for each girl child born in government hospitals in the City, pink toilets for the benefit of women, besides placing dust bins in buses and autorickshaws.  Chairperson of the Standing Committee […]

Centre brought 42 non scheduled cancer drugs under price control

Centre brought 42 non scheduled cancer drugs under price control Centre announced that it had brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control, capping trade margin at 30%, which would reduce their retail prices by up to 85%.  The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has invoked extraordinary powers in public interest, under Para 19 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, (DPCO) 2013 to bring […]

Assam Launches PRANAM Commission To Protect Parents Of State Government Employees

Assam Launches PRANAM Commission To Protect Parents Of State Government Employees Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the PRANAM Commission, which is a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for the protection of parents of state government employees.

Telanganas 4 ULBs bagged Swachh Survekshan 2019 awards

Telanganas 4 ULBs bagged Swachh Survekshan 2019 awards Telangana’s four Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) bagged Swachh Survekshan-2019 awards. Siddipet, Sircilla, Boduppal, and Peerzadiguda are the four Urban Local Bodies. The awards would be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind and others at a ceremony to be held in Delhi on March 6.  Every year, cities and towns across India are […]

Karnataka launched a major water conservation scheme Jalamrutha

Karnataka launched a major water conservation scheme Jalamrutha Karnataka State government launched a major water conservation scheme titled ‘Jalamrutha’, which focuses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies. The scheme was initiated by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and was cleared by the State Cabinet. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy launched the scheme in Bengaluru.  Jalamrutha will deploy scientific approaches to water […]

First Indian made Centaur rocket was successfully launched at Thumb, Kerala

First Indian made Centaur rocket was successfully launched at Thumb, Kerala The first Indian-made Centaur rocket was successfully launched from the Thumba equatorial rocket station, Kerala on 26th February 2019 to the great jubilation of a large number of scientists.  Dr.Vikram Sarabhai, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Indian National Committee for Space Research, described that the flight of […]

BioAsia 2019-Asias largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad

BioAsia 2019-Asias largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad The 16th edition of BioAsia 2019 -Asia’s largest biotechnology and life-sciences forum was conducted in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was inaugurated by the Governor of Telangana –E.S.L Narasimhan . The theme of the conference was “Life Sciences 4.0 – Disrupt the Disruption”.

Piyush Goyal launched ‘Rail Drishti Dashboard’ To Track Train Information

Piyush Goyal launched ‘Rail Drishti Dashboard’ To Track Train Information Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal has launched Rail Drishti dashboard, to promote transparency and accountability of Indian Railways. Rail Drishti Dashboard is an online portal containing information related to passenger and freight trainsand links to live feeds of IRCTC kitchens.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held second summit in Vietnam

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held second summit in Vietnam US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. The main focus of the summit is to discuss denuclearisation amid claims from Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing. US may announce a formal end to the Korean War during the summit.

Mahesh Elkunchwar is to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award

Mahesh Elkunchwar is to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award Mahesh Elkunchwar, an eminent Indian playwright, has been chosen for Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.The award would be conferred on March 12 during the Mahindra Theater Festival.  Mahesh Elkunchwar is regarded as one of the progressive playwrights of the country and is critically-acclaimed and widely-known […]