Month: April 2019

Cabinet approved the funds for implementing 10 percent EWS Quota

Cabinet approved the funds for implementing 10 percent EWS Quota Union cabinet approved the sanction of Rs 4315.15 crore for the 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) for implementation of reservation in admission to students belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS).With the approval of the Cabinet, over 2 lakh additional seats will be created in 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) across the country to […]

Exim Bank funded projects worth USD 267 million in Rwanda

Exim Bank funded projects worth USD 267 million in Rwanda India’s Export Import Bank (Exim Bank) has provided soft loans of USD 266.60 million to Rwanda for various projects.The funding, done in three separate tranches to Rwanda, is to support: 1) agricultural projects,2) development of special economic zones (SEZs) and3) for financing road project in the African nation. According to […]

Deutsche Bank appoints Kaushik Shaparia as CEO For India

Deutsche Bank appoints Kaushik Shaparia as CEO For India Deutsche Bankappointed Kaushik Shaparia as the chief executive officer for IndiaHe succeeds Ravneet Gill.Gill left the bank to head private lender YES Bank.Shaparia’s appointment will be effective from May 2019.About Deutsche BankTotal assets‎: ‎€1.348 trillion (2018)    Headquarters‎: FrNumber of employees‎: ‎91,700 (2018)  Operating income‎: ‎€1.330 billion

Christina Koch To Set Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman

Christina Koch To Set Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman NASA astronaut Christina Koch going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days, which would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.Koch, who arrived at the space station on March 14 is scheduled to remain in orbit […]

Bajrang regained top spot in world wrestling rankings

Bajrang regained top spot in world wrestling rankings India’s Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65-kilogramWrestling freestyle category rankings.The rankings were released by United World Wrestling.Punia, who won Gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well as a silver in the World Championships last year, secured 58 points ahead of Akhmed […]

Bank of Maharashtra Joins M1X change TReDS Platform for MSME Bill Discounting

Bank of Maharashtra Joins M1X change TReDS Platform for MSME Bill Discounting Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) partnered with M1Xchange Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platform for MSME bill discounting.TReDS is a digital platform to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to get their bills financed at a competitive rate through an auction where multiple […]

INS Shakti, INS Kolkata to take part in Chinese Navys 70th anniversary celebrations

INS Shakti, INS Kolkata to take part in Chinese Navys 70th anniversary celebrations The two Indian Navy Ships (INS) are scheduled to visit Chinese port of Qingdao from 21 to 26 Aprilto participate in an International Fleet Review to celebrate the 70th anniversary of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy.INS […]

India and France to hold their largest Naval Exercise VARUNA

India and France to hold their largest Naval Exercise VARUNA India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early May as part of their expanding strategic partnership.The exercise has been christened ‘Varuna’ and will take place off Goa and Karwar from 1 May 2019.The conduct of Varuna exercise was reiterated in the Joint […]

ECI appointed Bihar Ex CEO AjayV Nayak as Special Observer for West Bengal

ECI appointed Bihar Ex CEO AjayV Nayak as Special Observer for West Bengal Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed Bihar’s former Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)Ajay V. Nayak as a special observer for West BengalHe is a retired IAS officer of the 1984-batch has been appointed as a special observer for West Bengal by ECI.The Commission has […]

WHO released 10 new guidelines on how countries can use digital health technology

WHO released 10 new guidelines on how countries can use digital health technology The World Health Organization (WHO) released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.The recommendations are a result of a two-year-long research by the WHO on digital […]

Antares Rocket takes off for International Space Station with essential NASA supply

Antares Rocket takes off for International Space Station with essential NASA supply The Antares – a US rocket has been launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, carrying cargo with the space agency’s re-supply mission for the International Space Station (ISS).The rocket was built by Northrop Grumman.It carried about 7,600 pounds (3,450 kg) of supplies and scientific experiments to the […]

Dubai based RAKEZ appointed Cricket Champion Ravi Shastri as a Corporate Ambassador

Dubai based RAKEZ appointed Cricket Champion Ravi Shastri as a Corporate Ambassador Former Cricketer Ravi Shastri appointed as Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) exclusive Corporate Ambassador to the Indian Business Community.Brand Ambassador may attract more Indian business leaders to set up or expand their operations in UAE through RAKEZ.This first-of-its-kind approach is one of the […]

Cholamandalam MS General Insurance got ISO 31000:2018 certification

Cholamandalam MS General Insurance got ISO 31000:2018 certification An insurance giant Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited has received ISO 31000:2018 certification by TUV India. Chola MS has received certification for applying risk management system which conforms to the prescribed standards.The Certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from April 07, 2019, to April 06, 2022.ISO 31000:2018 certification:ISO 31000:2018 is an […]

Shri N. Kashinath designated as Member (Signal & Telecom) of Railway Board

Shri N. Kashinath designated as Member (Signal & Telecom) of Railway Board Shri N. Kashinathtook over as Member (Signal & Telecom) of Railway Board.He was associated with Train Describer Project, Survey for the Mobile Train Radio Communication in Northeast Frontier Railway,Shri N. Kashinath belongs to the 1980 Batch of the Indian Railway Service of Signal […]

A Book of poem Khooni Vaisakhi on Jallianwala Bagh massacre, released in UAE

A Book of poem Khooni Vaisakhi on Jallianwala Bagh massacre, released in UAE A book containing English translation of the 100-year-old classic Punjabi poem about Jallianwala Bagh massacre, ‘Khooni Vaisakhi’ released in Abu Dhabi.India’s Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri commended the launch of the book.The poem was translated by Mr. Suri whose grandfather, […]

Jet Airways employees seek Presidents intervention for salary dues, emergency funds to airline

Jet Airways employees seek Presidents intervention for salary dues, emergency funds to airline Employees of Jet Airways have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to recover outstanding dues as well as to expedite the process of emergency funds for the airline, which has shuttered its operations temporarily.Jet Airways, […]

Canara Bank Becomes The First Public Sector Bank In India To Meet RBIs EMV Mandate

Canara Bank Becomes The First Public Sector Bank In India To Meet RBIs EMV Mandate ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions Canara Bank successfully rolled out major new functionality to support EMV card acquiring across its ATM network and Aadhaar Authentication, leveraging ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution to achieve market […]

Bandhan Bank Gets CCI Nod For Merger With Gruh Finance

Bandhan Bank Gets CCI Nod For Merger With Gruh Finance Bandhan Bankreceived approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed scheme of amalgamation of Gruh Finance with the bank.The approval has been made under sub-section (1) of Section 31 of the Competition Act, 2002.Bandhan Bank in January 2019, announced the merger of Gruh Finance […]

IMF and World Bank Launched Learning Coin For In-House Purposes

IMF and World Bank Launched Learning Coin For In-House Purposes International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have together launched a private blockchain with a pseudo-token.The new token, called “Learning Coin” accessible within the IMF and World Bank the main purpose to teach relevant individuals within the organizations about blockchain.Though the coin has no real value hence […]

Mumbai Police launch probe against UPL for poll code violation

Mumbai Police launch probe against UPL for poll code violation The Mumbai policehave started an investigation into the seizure of campaign material of the BJP from the premises of United Phosphorous Ltd (UPL) in Mumbai.A flying squad of the Election Commission (EC) had raided the premises of UPL at suburban Khar, where electronic cards for the BJP’s […]

April 19 is observed as World Liver Day

April 19 is observed as World Liver Day The World Liver Day (WLD) is observed every year on April 19 to build awareness and understanding importance of liver in human body and how liver ailments are treated.As per World Health Organisation (WHO), liver diseases are 10th most common cause of death in India.Liver:The liver, which measures about 1,00 grams in weight and 15 […]

Mukesh Ambani, 2 Indian women lawyers in Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2019 list

Mukesh Ambani, 2 Indian women lawyers in Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2019 list Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and two Indian women lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju — who fought the legal battle for LGBTQ rights and were instrumental in the overturning of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — are among the 100 named in TIME magazine’s list of most […]

Norway topped and India ranked 140th in World Press Freedom Index 2019

Norway topped and India ranked 140th in World Press Freedom Index 2019 Norway is ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index 2019 for the third year running while Finland (up two places) has taken second place from the Netherlands (down one at 4th).India dropped two places to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the global press freedom index analysis.Violence against journalists – including police […]

Saudi Arabia to host G20 Summit in 2020, first in Arab world

Saudi Arabia to host G20 Summit in 2020, first in Arab world Saudi Arabia will host the annual G20 leaders’ summit on November 21-22, 2020, in its capital Riyadh.This will be the first G20 Summit to be hosted in the Arab world.Japan will host this year’s G20 summit in Osaka, which will be held June 28-29, as well as ministerial meetings in eight cities.In 2018, […]

International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April

International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April The International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April every year. In 1982, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General […]

Sri Lanka launched its first Satellite

Sri Lanka launched its first Satellite Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana l was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. The satellite was designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. It will be shuttled to the International Space Station. The “Raavana 1” was launched […]

NASAs TESS found first Earth sized world

NASAs TESS found first Earth sized world The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission of NASA has discovered HD 21749c, first Earth-sized world.About HD 21749c: The planet, HD 21749c, is about 89% of Earth’s diameter. The planet orbits HD 21749, a K-type star with about 70% of the Sun’s mass located 53 light years away in the southern […]

Canara Bank became the first PSB to meet RBIs EMV Mandate

Canara Bank became the first PSB to meet RBIs EMV Mandate ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, announced that Canara Bank has successfully rolled out major new functionality to support EMV card acquiring across its ATM network and Aadhaar Authentication, leveraging ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution to achieve market firsts.Canara Bank, with […]

Peru’s ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest

Peru’s ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, taking his own life, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America’s largest graft scandal.Alan Garcia served two terms as Peru’s president, from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 […]

CRISIL board cleared transfer of rating business to subsidiary

CRISIL board cleared transfer of rating business to subsidiary CRISIL Ltd, a diversified global analytics company, will transfer its rating business to its proposed new wholly-owned subsidiary.The board of CRISIL gave the nod for the transfer, which is being done to comply with SEBI norms of 2018.Earlier, SEBI had modified its regulations for credit rating […]

Nepal launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 from US

Nepal launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 from US Developed by the Nepalese scientists, NepaliSat-1satellite was launched from Virginia in United States.Two Nepali scientists, Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha who are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology, developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute.The BIRDS project has been designed in association with the United Nations and aims at helping countries launch their […]

UN honoured Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

UN honoured Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan United Nations honoured 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice. UNMISS is working to deter violence against civilians by providing a safe and secure environment for South Sudanese people who have fled violence […]

Fincare Small Finance Bank won the Celent Model Bank 2019 Award

Fincare Small Finance Bank won the Celent Model Bank 2019 Award Fincare Small Finance Bank (SFB)honoured with the prestigious Celent Model Bank 2019 Award in Financial Inclusion category, for ‘Redesigning Lending to Reach Small Businesses’.The award recognizes LAP (Loans against Property) D.Lite, which is a tab-based solution designed and developed in-house by Fincare SFB for […]

World Haemophilia Day observed on April 17

World Haemophilia Day observed on April 17 World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.April 17, 2019, marks the 30th World Hemophilia Day2019 Theme:World Hemophilia Day theme for the year 2019 is ‘Outreach and Identification’.It will be observed […]

Rajesh Yaduvanshi is appointed as Executive Director of Punjab National Bank

Rajesh Yaduvanshi is appointed as Executive Director of Punjab National Bank Punjab National Bank (PNB)appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank.Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi joined PNB as a management trainee in 1985.He is equipped with an experience of 34 years in the banking career and is a certified associate member of Indian […]

UN owes India USD 38 million for peacekeeping operations

UN owes India USD 38 million for peacekeeping operations United Nations (UN) owes India USD 38 million, the highest it has to pay to any country, for the peacekeeping operations as of March 2019.In a report on improving the financial situation of the world body, as of March 31, 2019, the total amount payable to troop- and police-contributing countries […]

RBI puts into circulation Rs 50 banknotes signed by Governor Shaktikanta Das

RBI puts into circulation Rs 50 banknotes signed by Governor Shaktikanta Das Reserve Bank of India put into circulation 50 rupees denomination banknotes signed by its Governor Shaktikanta Das.RBI in Mumbai approved the design of these notes is similar in all respects to 50 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi new series.About Reserve Bank of IndiaHeadquarters: MumbaiFounder: British […]

India turns to net steel importer in Fiscal year 2018-2019

India turns to net steel importer in Fiscal year 2018-2019 India became a net importer of steel in the fiscal year 2018-2019 that ended on 31 March for the first time in 3 years, as the 25% import duty on steel products imposed by the US diverted supplementary supplies to India.India’s steel imports increased by […]

ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India

ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India Asian Development Bank (ADB) committed a total of USD 3.88 billion, including sovereign loans and co-financing to India during the year ended December 2018.This is the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986.Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase […]

Centre sets up an Indo Pacific division

Centre sets up an Indo Pacific division The Ministry of External Affairs has set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office. The Indo-pacific division is intended to give a coherent architecture to theIndo-Pacific policy. The policy was articulated by PM Narendra Modi at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2018. In India, the policy will be run by the MEA.  About Indo-Pacific Wing: The Indo-Pacific […]

Supreme Court banned mining along Kaziranga National Park

Supreme Court banned mining along Kaziranga National Park The Supreme Court has banned all mining activities along the Kaziranga National Park and catchment area of rivers originating in Karbi Anglong Hills in Assam.The ban was ordered as per the recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC).Mining was continuing in the Karbi Anlong hills despite the Supreme Court ban in 1996 and in […]

Iran passes bills that labels U.S. forces as terrorist

Iran passes bills that labels U.S. forces as terrorist Iran’s lawmakers approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in West Asia (Middle East) as terrorist. This move comes a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect.Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami introduced the bill authorizing the government to act firmly in response to terrorist actions by U.S. forces. It demands authorities use […]

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April. Himachal Day is celebrated to commemorate its creation. Before Independence:The genesis of the Himachal Day Before independence, most of the areas of Himachal Pradesh was part of Punjab state and during that time this region was divided into four different regions […]

Google opened its first Africa Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana

Google opened its first Africa Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana Google has opened an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab in Ghana’s capital Accra, reportedly the first of its kind in Africa, to take on challenges across the continent.The lab would develop solutions in areas including agriculture, like helping in diagnosing certain types of crop disease.Using Google’s AI machine app ‘TensorFlow’, farmers analyze […]

Home Expo India 2019 Begins in Greater Noida

Home Expo India 2019 Begins in Greater Noida The 8th edition of Home Expo India 2019 opened at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida.The three-day exhibition has been organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Home Expo India covers sectors with maximum thrust and growth potential in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles.About Home Expo India 2019Rakesh […]

ICC partners with UNICEF to deliver One Day for Children at Mens Cricket World Cup 2019

ICC partners with UNICEF to deliver One Day for Children at Mens Cricket World Cup 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF announced #OneDay4Children, a tournament-wide campaign focussed on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child, at the 2019 […]

U.S. Mulls Iran Sanctions, Oil import may be reduced

U.S. Mulls Iran Sanctions, Oil import may be reduced India is working closely with the U.S. to ensure that two upcoming deadlines in early May, for the extension of the Iran oil sanctions waive and the final decision on withdrawing India’s preferential Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) status, end positively for the government. While the decision […]

PSEs gets 12 months to monetise non core assets

PSEs gets 12 months to monetise non core assets The Union Cabinet announced that the Public Sector companies will have 12 months tomonetise (convert something into or express in the form of currency ) non-core assets identified by a ministerial panel headed by the finance minister. On failing, the finance ministry may restrict budgetary allocations to the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).The Department of Investment […]

Bamboo rice showed up in Odisha nearly after four decades

Bamboo rice showed up in Odisha nearly after four decades Bamboo rice has shown up in Odisha nearly after four decades. The state of Odisha had last witnessed Bamboo rice in 1979. The Forest Authorities of Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in Cuttack district have opened up the gates for the forest dwellers to collect the Bamboo rice. Whenever the bamboo rice shows up, it […]

The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019 started in New Delhi

The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019 started in New Delhi The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019 organised by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and co-hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation started in New Delhi.It will conclude on 17th April 2019.It offers a lot of innovative solutions that build resilience to climate […]

A unique proposition to pay electricity bill on EMIs launched by Bajaj Finserv

A unique proposition to pay electricity bill on EMIs launched by Bajaj Finserv A unique proposition to pay electricity bill on EMIs launched by Bajaj Finserv through its lending arm Bajaj Finance Ltd. through the campaign of #BijliOnEMI.Customers can avail an Insta Credit loan in their Bajaj Finserv Wallet to pay their electricity bills on EMI.Bajaj […]

Mumbai Shuttler Dani clinches Dutch International badminton title 2019

Mumbai Shuttler Dani clinches Dutch International badminton title 2019 India’s Harsheel Dani, a former junior national champion, defeated Mads Christophersen of Denmark, world no 149, to clinch the 20th Victor Dutch International Badminton title in Wateringen, The Netherlands with a 15-21, 21-12, 21-13 victory in a 47-minute clash.It was the second win for Dani opposite Christophersen. The 22-year-old […]

Golfer Tiger Woods won fifth green jacket and 15th major title

Golfer Tiger Woods won fifth green jacket and 15th major title Golfer Tiger Woods won fifth Masters and 15th major title at Augusta National Golf Club.It was the 43-year-old American golfer’s first major title victory in 11 years and his first Master’s win since 2005.All-time leader, Jack Nicklaus is just three major titles ahead of […]

Pulitzer Prize for New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Pulitzer Prize for New York Times and Wall Street Journal The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family. The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business […]

Health Ministry to frame law to ban manufacture and sale of e cigarettes

Health Ministry to frame law to ban manufacture and sale of e cigarettes The Ministry of Commerce and Industries instructed the Health Ministry to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of the domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports. The Commerce Ministry stated that […]

India’s squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup announced

India’s squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup announced Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s 15-member squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.Virat Kohli, who led India to Under-19 World Cup victory in 2008, will lead the senior team in World Cup for the first time.Rohit Sharma has been […]

Crying Girl photo by John Moore won the World Press Photo of the Year Award

Crying Girl photo by John Moore won the World Press Photo of the Year Award Veteran Getty Images photographer John Moore’s photograph of a young girl Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, after crossing into the US from Mexico won the World Press Photo […]

Indias 1st indigenously made long-range missile Nirbhay successfully test fired

Indias 1st indigenously made long-range missile Nirbhay successfully test fired Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from a test range in Odisha’s Chandipur.‘Nirbhay’ is designed to carry conventional and 300-kilogram  nuclear warheads.The missile weighs 1,500 kg, width of 0.52 meters and has a wingspan of 2.7 […]

WHO raises alarm over 300% increase in case of measles globally

WHO raises alarm over 300% increase in case of measles globally World Health Organization (WHO)raised alarm over a 300 per cent increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with last year. The UN body agreed the provisional data indicated a clear trend, with all regions of the world seeing […]

China developed the worlds first armed amphibious drone attack boat named Marine Lizard

China developed the worlds first armed amphibious drone attack boat named Marine Lizard Marine Lizard was built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).It could be used in land and sea assault operations.The amphibious Marine Lizard can possibly form an unmanned sea-land-air integrated combat system with aerial armed reconnaissance drones and other drone ships.It has a maximum […]

India to partner with Japan and UAE to set up two projects in Africa

India to partner with Japan and UAE to set up two projects in Africa India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan.Also, India will partner with the UAE to set up an ICT centre(Information and Communications Technology center) in Ethiopia.Through this partnership, India has undertaken many projects like the ambitious Pan African e-network project on tele-education and tele-medicine which provides “integrated” satellite, […]

Rongali Bihu festival celebrated in Assam

Rongali Bihu festival celebrated in Assam Bihu is the main festival of Assam. It is celebrated three times a year.♦ Rongali or Bohag Bihu is observed in April.♦ Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October.♦ Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January.About Rongali Bihu:Rongali or Bohag Bihu is the Assamese new year and spring festival, which is celebrated from April 15 to April 21.The Rongali Bihu coincides with Punjabi New Year Baisakhi.The […]

India’s steel export to US in 2018 down by 49 percent, aluminium up 58 percent

India’s steel export to US in 2018 down by 49 percent, aluminium up 58 percent As per the latest report of independent Congressional Research Service (CRS), India’s steel export to the US in 2018 declined by 49 per cent to $ 372 million, while that of aluminum increased by 58 per cent to $ 221 million.In 2018, the US imports of steel and aluminum products totalled $ […]

CMFRI Signs Agreement With ISRO To Save Coastal Wetlands

CMFRI Signs Agreement With ISRO To Save Coastal Wetlands The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions.The programme is aimed at restoring them through coastal livelihood programmes.The MoU was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of […]

NBFCs, MFIs raised Rs.26,000 crore through Securitisation

NBFCs, MFIs raised Rs.26,000 crore through Securitisation Non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and microfinance companies (MFIs) raised about Rs.26,200 crore through securitisationin FY19, despite tight liquidity conditions. It is a growth of 170% over FY18. In FY18, NBFCs and MFIs raised Rs.9,700 crore through securitisation. The sectors faced tight liquidity conditions in FY19 after a series of defaults by Infrastructure […]

Gargi Kaul appointed as Secretary of Defence Finance

Gargi Kaul appointed as Secretary of Defence Finance The  Central government appointed Gargi Kaul as Secretary, Defence Finance. She is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS). About Defence Ministry ♦ Formed: 1776 (as Military Department), 1947(as Ministry of Defence) ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman ♦ Deputy Minister: Dr.Subhash Ramrao Bhamre ♦ It is […]

New Palestinian government sworn in a second time after botched oath

New Palestinian government sworn in a second time after botched oath Palestine’s New Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh, a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza’s Hamas rulers, and his 22-member cabinet took the oath of office a second time, on April 14, 2019. The ministers neglected to include a clause pledging faithfulness “to the people […]

HDFC Bank tops Forbes’ list of best Indian banks 2019

HDFC Bank tops Forbes’ list of best Indian banks 2019 Forbes has compiled a first-ever list of the World’s Best Bank 2019 in terms of customer services and technological advancements. The private lender, HDFC Bank, was ranked at the top of the ‘Forbes Best Indian Banks 2019’ list. HDFC Bank claims to provide the best of its technological features to […]

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 announced

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 announced The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019has been awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The prize carries a reward of $25,000 Prize. It is funded by the Guillermo Cano Isaza Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland), and The Namibia Media Trust. The award recognises their exceptional […]

Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mark Boucher inducted as MCC Honorary Life Members

Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mark Boucher inducted as MCC Honorary Life Members Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haqand South African Mark Boucher were inducted as the Honorary Life Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in recognition to their outstanding achievements in the game of cricket. About Inzamam-ul-Haq: Former Pakistan skipper and batsman Inzamam played 120 Tests, 378 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I). In […]

Dr. A K Singh honoured with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. A K Singh honoured with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali.  He has made notable contributions in Internal Decorporation of Fission Produced Radionuclides and Infection Imaging. He also discovered a Diagnobact Kit to detect the […]

Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018

Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 Telugu poet K Siva Reddy selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. About Saraswati Samman 2018 Awards The Saraswati Samman is […]

RBI granted 12 years to LIC to bring down its stake in IDBI Bank

RBI granted 12 years to LIC to bring down its stake in IDBI Bank The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which classified IDBI as a private sector bank last month, has granted Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) with 12 years to cut its stake in the bank by 10 percent. RBI has stipulated that after 12 years LIC has to reduce stake in IDBI […]

Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashed on the Moon

Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashed on the Moon Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashed on the Moon. Beresheet crashedduring a landing attempt. It is said that the spacecraft had problems with its main engine during its descent that left it unable to slow down in time before it smashed into the lunar surface. About the Mission: Beresheet was an Israeli mission launched by […]

RBI permitted Reinsurance Brokers to open Foreign Currency Accounts

RBI permitted Reinsurance Brokers to open Foreign Currency Accounts Reinsurance brokers have been permitted to open non-interest bearing foreign currency accounts with banks for undertaking transactions. Foreign currency account refers to a bank account held or maintained in currency other than the currency of India or Nepal or Bhutan. Earlier, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) had issued notification […]

Meena Kumari bagged gold at the 2019 Boxing World Cup

Meena Kumari bagged gold at the 2019 Boxing World Cup Meena Kumari Maisnamfrom Manipur claimed the Gold medal in the 54 kg category at the Boxing World Cup at Cologne in Germany. She defeated Thailand’s Machai Bunyanut in the final. Meena was the 2014 Asian Championships bronze medallist. India bagged a Gold, two Silver and two bronze medals at the Boxing World Cup. Sakshi won Silver in […]

World’s largest airplane weighing 2,26,800 kg took its first ever flight

World’s largest airplane weighing 2,26,800 kg took its first ever flight The world’s largest airplane called ‘Roc’ weighing nearly 2,26,800 kilograms with a 385-foot wingspan took its first ever flight in Mojave, California. Built by Stratolaunch, it’s designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. The plane is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage and is designed to fly to […]

West Bengal celebrates Bengali New Year’s day

West Bengal celebrates Bengali New Year’s day West Bengal is celebrating Bengali New Year’s day. The Bengali business community opens new books of accounts known as Halkhata on this day. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have greeted the people on the occasion. “The first day of the Bengali New Year is known […]

INS Kozhikode was decommissioned after three decades of service

INS Kozhikode was decommissioned after three decades of service Indian Naval Ship Kozhikodewas decommissioned in a ceremony held at Naval Jetty, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 13th April. Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, was the chief guest on the occasion. INS Kozhikode gracefully retired as an operational ship after three decades of service in the […]

Bhutan Government to place bill for ratification of BBIN initiative at its upper senate

Bhutan Government to place bill for ratification of BBIN initiative at its upper senate Bhutan government will place the bill for ratification of Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) initiative for road and rail connectivity at its upper senate. Briefing media on the occasion of Bhutan’s Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering’s visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Shahidul Haq […]

Wholesale price inflation increased to 3.18 percent in March

Wholesale price inflation increased to 3.18 percent in March Wholesale price inflationincreased to 3.18% in March on costlier food and fuel. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 2.93% and 2.76% in February and January 2019, respectively, and 3.46% in December 2018. It was 2.74% in March 2018.Inflation in Categorywise:Food articles:Inflation in the food articles […]

Three teams from India are awarded in NASAs Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Three teams from India are awarded in NASAs Human Exploration Rover Challenge NASA has awarded three teams from India as part its annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge,which invites high school and college students to build and test roving vehicles for future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Nearly 100 teams took part in the competition.The team […]

Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar received Best Digital Agency award

Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar received Best Digital Agency award Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar was honoured with the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nobel Award by International Human Rights Council at Hotel Sea Princess Juhu Mumbai. Among the awardee, Digital Sukoon was the Best Digital Agency of the Year 2019 to receive the award. Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor Media, Actor Johnny Lever, Jasleen […]

Rotary Club of Madras North initiated Project Kannamma

Rotary Club of Madras North initiated Project Kannamma 15 April 2019 Current Affairs: Project Kannamma is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Madras North to provide sanitary napkins to the students.  Project Kannamma:  ♦ It was started in August of 2018 by providing free, biodegradable sanitary napkins to 82 students at the Government High School in Uthandi of Tamil Nadu […]

President Ram Nath Kovind remembers Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary

President Ram Nath Kovind remembers Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary President Ram Nath Kovindremembered Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary.  The Chief of the Indian Air Force during the 1965 war, World War II hero, post-retirement diplomat, the first Air Force officer to wear […]

IMF cut India growth forecast for 2019-20 to 7.3 per cent

IMF cut India growth forecast for 2019-20 to 7.3 per cent According to the latest edition of World Economic Outlook (WEO), released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during 2019 Spring Meeting, India is expected to grow at 7.3 per cent in fiscal year 2019-20, as against China’s 6.6 per cent. This is 20 basis points lower than January outlook and 10 basis […]

Murali Kartik named as the new brand ambassador of Fantasy 11

Murali Kartik named as the new brand ambassador of Fantasy 11 Funtasy11, a fantasy sports platform, has roped in former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik as its brand ambassador. Fantasy Gaming Space is rapidly growing and is expected to reach 100 million users by 2020. Karthik was the ‘Official Fan Management Partner’ for the recently conducted […]

Jean Michel Lapin elected as Haiti’s new prime minister

Jean Michel Lapin elected as Haiti’s new prime minister Haiti’s President Jovenel Moiseannounced that Jean Michel Lapin, who once served as a courier in the public administration, to be the new prime minister of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. He succeeds Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant. The former culture and communications minister, Lapin was named acting prime minister on March 21. […]

Deepa Malik honoured with New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019

Deepa Malik honoured with New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 Rio Paralympics silver medallistDeepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New ZealandPrime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her “inspiring achievements“. She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when she bagged a silver in shot put F 53 at the […]

RBL Bank tied up with CreditVidya for improving customer experience

RBL Bank tied up with CreditVidya for improving customer experience Through this partnership, the private sector lender – RBL Bank will be able to gain significant insights into its customer base. RBL Bank will leverage CreditVidya’s big data underwriting platform across its credit card and mobile banking apps. The bank had first partnered with CreditVidya in 2018 for instant and automated […]

Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award

Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle. The award has been given to PM Modi for “exceptional services in promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations […]

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London to face a charge in the United States of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010 bringing to an abrupt end a seven-year saga in which he had holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain to avoid capture.  […]

Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament

Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament Viswanathan Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament, Shamkir, Azerbaijan. He drew with Veselin Topalov in the ninth round to finish fourth with 4.5 points, the same as Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov. However, Anand was placed fifth in the rankings behind Magnus […]

Jet Airways cancels all overseas flights for operational reasons

Jet Airways cancels all overseas flights for operational reasons Jet Airways grounded services across the Eastern and North-eastern markers and also suspended its international operations for a day while ten more planes were forced out of the fleet. Its board met in Mumbai discussing the operational issues, while airlines’ strategic partner Etihad Airways submitted initial bids […]

India to be the Guest of Honour country at 2019 ADIBF

India to be the Guest of Honour country at 2019 ADIBF The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019, to be held at the end of April 2019. The Book Fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as […]

Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London

Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK. Alice G. Vaidyan holds post […]

Jamia Millia Islamia gets its First Woman Vice-Chancellor

Jamia Millia Islamia gets its First Woman Vice-Chancellor The Ministry of Human Resources and Development issued a statement about appointing Professor Najma Akhtar as vice–chancellor of Jamia Millia Islam about Professor Najma Akhtar as vice–chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) by the President of India. She is appointed for a period of five years. Professor […]

Essel World launched an interactive bird park in Gorai

Essel World launched an interactive bird park in Gorai Essel World launched an interactive bird park in Gorai, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The first-of-its-kind rainforest-themed park spread across 1.4 acres is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species. The main motive is to set up a bird park that meets international standards and let the city dwellers peep into the birds’ world. The park […]

Two schemes of West Bengal won WSIS awards

Two schemes of West Bengal won WSIS awards Two schemes, Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi, of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.  The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Utkarsh Bangla Scheme: ♦ The […]

Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders

Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders On World Parkinson’s Day,11th April,Apollo Hospitals launched anadvanced centre for movement disorders in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It will offer medical and surgical treatment for patients affected by various movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease. The centre would offer Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgeries and other services to treat a wide spectrum of diseases […]

India built maternity hospital in Nepal’s Siraha district

India built maternity hospital in Nepal’s Siraha district The Chandra Narayan Yadav Memorial Maternity Hospital built on an Indian grant of Nepalese Rupees 26.90 million, was inaugurated by Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri. The hospital has been built under the Government of India’s Small Development Projects Scheme. The hospital is being run by the Chandra Narayan Yadav […]

Tata Trust and Microsoft signed MoU to support handloom weaving community

Tata Trust and Microsoft signed MoU to support handloom weaving community Tata Trusts and Microsoft India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly rejuvenate the handloom clusters in the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country. Project ReWeave: Microsoft’s Project ReWeave will help preserve traditional weaving forms by upskilling workers, designing and marketing merchandise, and creating sustainable livelihood options. Microsoft […]

Hong Kongs stock market overtakes Japan to become worlds 3rd largest

Hong Kongs stock market overtakes Japan to become worlds 3rd largest According to Bloomberg,  Hong Kong has overtaken Japan as the world’s third largest stock market – after the U.S. and mainland China. Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion as of April 2nd week, compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan. Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has been the main driver with a 22 percentgain. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng […]

RailWire Wi-Fi facilitated at 1600 railway stations in India

RailWire Wi-Fi facilitated at 1600 railway stations in India RailWire Wi-Fi by RailTel is now live at 1600 railway stations across the country, with Santacruz railway station in Mumbai becoming the 1600th station to become a RailWire Wi-Fi zone. RailTel has provided high speed Wi-Fi at 985 stations with own/other funding and at 415 A, A1 and C category stations, associating Google as the technology […]

Nizamabad Lok Sabha Seat May Enter Guinness Book With Record EVMs

Nizamabad Lok Sabha Seat May Enter Guinness Book With Record EVMs Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana, which went to elections, may well get into the Guiness Book of World Record for the use of largest number of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).  With a high number of 185 candidates, including 178 farmers, in the contest, the Election Commission (EC) used 12 EVMs in each booth in the […]

SpaceX launched its first commercial mission

SpaceX launched its first commercial mission SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world, launched its first commercial mission from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts. The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space […]

Super Kings stun Royals with an incredible last-ball win

Super Kings stun Royals with an incredible last-ball win MS Dhoni becomes the first captain to register 100 wins in the competition; Santner seals it with a six off the final delivery. Less than 24 hours after Alzarri Joseph scampered a two off the final ball to give Mumbai Indians a thrilling win over Kings XI […]

Nepal sends team to remeasure height of Mount Everest

Nepal sends team to remeasure height of Mount Everest Nepal sent a team of experts to remeasure the height of Mount Everest. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli bid adieu tofour-memberr team of the Survey Department in Kathmandu yesterday. Chief Survey Officer Khim Lal Gautam and Survey Officer Rabin Karki will ascend Mount Everest. After reaching […]

PM Modi to address rally in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra

PM Modi to address rally in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modiwill be addressing a rally in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The meeting of BJP workers was held in Ahmednagar to review preparations for PM’s rally.  He is the son of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly. Sujay […]

Scientists discovered chain melted state of matter

Scientists discovered chain melted state of matter Scientists from the University of Edinburgh of Scotland whileexamining potassium have discovered a new state of physical matter where atoms can exist as both solid and liquid at the same time known as the chain melted state. The discovery was made using powerful computer simulations. At the chain-melted state, atoms are both solid and liquid […]

Maharashtra Introduces seven doctors to contest LS elections this time

Maharashtra Introduces seven doctors to contest LS elections this time Maharashtra introduces seven doctors ready contesting the elections from amongst the 48 constituencies. Of the seven-doctor contestants, four belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party, while one each belongs to the Shivsena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Indian National Congress. It is solely in the state […]

Indian Railways unrolls new quota for foreigners and NRIs to book tickets

Indian Railways unrolls new quota for foreigners and NRIs to book tickets Indian Railways is one of the leading railway systems in the world. With new enthusiasm, Indian Railways introducing new schemes for the betterment of services and exciting plans. Indian Railways lifted restrictions so that now Foreigners and NRIs can book tickets in all classes. […]

AITA signs MoU with STF to train Indian junior players

AITA signs MoU with STF to train Indian junior players TheAll India Tennis Association (AITA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Serbian Tennis Federation (STF) to train Indian junior players under world-renowned Serbian coaches at the R.K. Khanna Stadium, New Delhi. The MoU was signed on 10th April by AITA Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee and STF CEO Dusan Orlandic. […]

Google partners with MMTC-PAMP India

Google partners with MMTC-PAMP India Google has partnered with bullion refiner MMTC-PAMP India to allow Google Pay users to buy and sell gold through the app. Through this partnership with India’s only LBMA-accredited gold refinery, Google Pay users will be able to buy99.99% 24-karat gold. This type of service is already offered by the likes of Paytm, Mobikwik, […]

Nitin Chugh likely to be appointed as MD & CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

Nitin Chugh likely to be appointed as MD & CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Nitin Chugh, digital banking head of private sector lender HDFC Bank, is likely to succeed Samit Ghosh, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank. Mr.Ghosh, who is also the founder of Ujjivan SFB, will retire in November 2019. The Bengaluru-based small finance bank […]

India-Singapore Joint Military Exercise Bold Kurukshetra2019

India-Singapore Joint Military Exercise Bold Kurukshetra2019 Military forces of India and Singapore to participate in a joint exercise in Babina Cantonment in Jhansi. The three-day exercise, ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’, conducted to develop military technology, boost maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism. The two countries signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the defence ties […]

PFS in a joint venture with USICEF finances solar projects in India

PFS in a joint venture with USICEF finances solar projects in India PTC India Financial Services (PFS) an Infrastructure finance company partnered with (USICEF) the US-India Clean Energy Finance to leverage funds for solar projects in India. PFS Managing Director and CEO Pawan Singh stated that this innovative venture can contribute to achieve India’s distributed […]

London becomes world’s 1st city to launch 24×7 pollution charge zone

London becomes world’s 1st city to launch 24×7 pollution charge zone London became the first city in the world to implement a special Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that would charge an entry fee for older vehicles if they do not meet the emission standards. This move aims to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public health. The ULEZ will be operational for 24 […]

IIT Madras tie up with GE to set up Indias first Cold Spray SMART Lab

IIT Madras tie up with GE to set up Indias first Cold Spray SMART Lab American conglomerate, General Electric in association with IIT-Madras, established India’s first ‘Cold Spray’ SMART (Surface Modification and Additive Research Technologies) Laboratory in the institution thereby IIT-M became the only academic institution with High-Pressure Cold Spray(HPCS) facility in India. The High-Pressure […]

NGT forms a new body to examine alleged erosion of Yamuna floodplain in Sonipat

NGT forms a new body to examine alleged erosion of Yamuna floodplain in Sonipat National Green Tribunalestablished a committee planned to examine the alleged erosion of Yamuna floodplain due to movement of heavy vehicles in Sonipat district in Haryana. The committee, for-person bench, will comprise NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ,who is the head […]

India retained top spot as the worlds largest recipient of remittances in 2018

India retained top spot as the worlds largest recipient of remittances in 2018 According to the latest edition of World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, India’s remittance in 2018 stood at USD 79 billion. India was followed by: ♦ 2. China: 67$ billion ♦3. Mexico: 36$ billion ♦​​​​​​​4. Philippines: 34$ billion ♦​​​​​​​5. Egypt: 29$ billion In 2016, […]

Spain Garbine Muguruza claimed Monterrey Open title

Spain Garbine Muguruza claimed Monterrey Open title Garbine Muguruza of Spain successfully claimed back-to-back Monterrey Open title 2019 as Victoria Azarenka succumbed to injury in the final. Asia Muhammad & Maria Sanchez claimed women’s doubles title in Monterrey Open. The Monterrey Open is a professional women’s tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts.  About Monterrey […]

AIMA Managing India Awards 2019 to Azim Premji, Mahendra Mohan Gupta and 9 others

AIMA Managing India Awards 2019 to Azim Premji, Mahendra Mohan Gupta and 9 others The All India Management Association (AIMA) Managing India Awards 2019 was held on April 08, 2019 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director, Jagran Prakashan Ltd and Editorial Director, Dainik Jagran, was awarded under Lifetime […]

SC directs EC to raise random matching of VVPAT slips

SC directs EC to raise random matching of VVPAT slips Supreme Court directed the EC to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment from one at present, in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls saying it will provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but the entire […]

Indias gold reserves increased in February

Indias gold reserves increased in February The World Gold Council (WGC) said that India has marginally increased its gold holding to1.7 tonnes in February while maintaining the tenth position among countries in terms of yellow metal reserves. India added 1.7 tonnes in February while most other countries, except Russia and China, had their reserves unchanged in the recent […]

Dream11 became Indias first billion-dollar gaming Startup

Dream11 became Indias first billion-dollar gaming Startup Mumbai-based Dream11 has become India’s first gaming unicorn or billion-dollar startup with an investment from Steadview Capital. Apart from Steadview Capital, Kalaari Capital, Think Investments, Multiples Equity and Tencent investments collectively put Dream11’s total evaluation beyond $1 billion. The investment by Hong Kong and London-based Steadview Capital comes about eight months after Dream 11 sealed a […]

River Periyar in Kerala witnesses decolourisation

River Periyar in Kerala witnesses decolourisation The River Periyar in Kerala is again witnessing the decolourisation. The pollution control Board (PCB) has attributed the change in colour to the poor quality of water as a result of eutrophication. PCB has stated that huge quantities of organic load in the form of sewage from nearby townships are regularly reaching […]

CBDT detects unaccounted cash collection racket of Rs 281 crore in Madhya Pradesh

CBDT detects unaccounted cash collection racket of Rs 281 crore in Madhya Pradesh Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) searches in Madhya Pradesh by Delhi Directorate of Income Tax have detected widespread and well-organised racket for the collection of unaccounted cash of about 281 crore rupees through various persons.  The department has also detected a […]

SUN Group chairman Vikramjit Sahney elected as president of ICC India

SUN Group chairman Vikramjit Sahney elected as president of ICC India SUN Group Chairman Vikramjit Singh Sahneyelected as the new president of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – India. He will succeed Jawahar Vadivelu. About ICC: ♦ The International Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its 6 million members in over 100 countries […]

Sri Lanka new railway line inaugurated

Sri Lanka new railway line inaugurated Sri Lanka has opened a new railway line connecting its coastal city of Matara and Beliatta in Hambantota. It was built with China’s assistance. This move will boost passenger traffic into the island nation’s deep south. It is the first to be constructed in Sri Lanka since 1948.  The new line was inaugurated on 8th April 2019 in […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Maldives President Solih for his partys landslide victory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Maldives President Solih for his partys landslide victory Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally called Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to congratulate him on his party’s exceptionally strong performance in the Maldives Majlis elections of 2019, in which the Maldives’ Democratic Party secured 65 of 87 seats, and won a landslide supermajority […]

Indian Railways creates record; Free WiFi at 500 rail stations in 7 days

Indian Railways creates record; Free WiFi at 500 rail stations in 7 days Modi government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, RailTel, which is a mini ratna CPSU (Central Public Sector Undertaking) under the Ministry of Railways has provided free high-speed WiFi service to as many as 500 stations in a short period of seven days with ‘RailWire’. RailTel has also tied up with Tata Trust for providing […]

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April in memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.  1994 Rwanda Genocide (massacre): ♦ 1994 Rwanda Genocide was a was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in […]

Google launched its 1st drone delivery service in Australia

Google launched its 1st drone delivery service in Australia Wing, one of the many companies belonging to Alphabet (Google parent) made its first delivery in Canberra, Australia after getting approval from the Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The drones will deliver food and drinks as well as medication directly to clients’ homes. Wing was testing drone delivery […]

IIT Madras bags No. 1 spot on NIRF and Atal Innovation rankings for 2019

IIT Madras bags No. 1 spot on NIRF and Atal Innovation rankings for 2019 IIT Madras has been ranked as the ‘Best Educational Institution‘ in the country in the latest edition of National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) 2019. The rankings was released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. IIT Madras also […]

India becomes YouTube largest and fastest growing market

India becomes YouTube largest and fastest growing market India has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market with 265 million Indians watching the video-sharing website every month. In the last year, YouTube’s consumption on mobile has increased to 85%, with 60% of the watch time coming from outside the six largest metros in India. Today, YouTube creators have become effective storytellers, with more […]

SBI cut interest rate on home loans up to Rs 30 lakh by 10 bps

SBI cut interest rate on home loans up to Rs 30 lakh by 10 bps India’s largest lender, SBI has reduced the interest rate on housing loans of up to ₹30 lakh by 10 basis points to a range between 8.60% and 8.90% per annum, from existing rates of 8.70% to 9%. SBI also cut its benchmark lending rates by five basis points across all […]

Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. to acquire Usha Martin Ltd

Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. to acquire Usha Martin Ltd Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. (TSIL), a Tata Steel subsidiary, has announced the completion of its acquisition of the steel business of Usha Martin Ltd. (UML). The acquisition also included UML’s steel business undertaking along with captive power plants. The acquisition also included a cash consideration of Rs.4,094 crorepayable to UML […]

Presidents Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards Conferred

Presidents Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards Conferred Vice President Venkaiah Naiduconferred President’s Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards at New Delhi.  The award of the Certificate of Honour was introduced in the year 1958 to honour the scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian Languages. Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman […]

Biannual Army Commanders Conference began in New Delhi

Biannual Army Commanders Conference began in New Delhi The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi for the planning and execution process of the Indian Army. Some issues like the management of the extant security dynamics, mitigation of future security threats were discussed in this conference. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered her opening address […]

ICMR Ethical Guidelines is mandatory for all biomedical researches in India

ICMR Ethical Guidelines is mandatory for all biomedical researches in India The Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research has now been made mandatory for biomedical research. The rule has been passed as per the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules 2019. All biomedical research in India now needs to be adhered by the ICMR’s National […]

Malaysia Open Badminton 2019: Lin Dan clinched title in Mens Singles category

Malaysia Open Badminton 2019: Lin Dan clinched title in Mens Singles category Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open 2019 title against countryman Chen Long to claim his first major title in two years. The 2019 Malaysia Open, officially the CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2019, is a badminton tournament which takes place at Axiata Arena in Malaysia […]

Guwahati Railway station first to get ISO certification in India

Guwahati Railway station first to get ISO certification in India The Guwahati Railway Station has become the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for ‘providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.’ ISO certification received by Guwahati Railway Station is ISO-14001, which is for Environment Management System as […]

World Bank estimates Indias GDP to expand 7.5 percent in FY20

World Bank estimates Indias GDP to expand 7.5 percent in FY20 The World Bank expects India’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) to accelerate to 7.5% in fiscal year 2019-20. This would be driven by continued investment strengthening, particularly private-improved export performance and resilient consumption. Industrial growth accelerated to 7.9 per cent, making up for a deceleration in services. Agriculture growth was robust at four per cent. […]

Isaak Hayik, 73, set a new record as worlds oldest soccer player

Isaak Hayik, 73, set a new record as worlds oldest soccer player A 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record as the world’s oldest person to play in a professional soccer match. The previous record holder was 53 years old Uruguayan Robert Carmona who was played a professional match in 2015. About Israel […]

Graham Reid appointed as chief coach of India men’s hockey team

Graham Reid appointed as chief coach of India men’s hockey team Reid was part of the silver-medal winning Australian team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Reid’s appointment till the end of 2020 was ratified after Hockey India received necessary clearance from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). India had been without a chief coach since Harendra Singh was sacked after last […]

Sri Lanka sought enhanced military training from India

Sri Lanka sought enhanced military training from India Sri Lanka has sought enhanced military training from India. President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit discussed the wide-ranging matters including bilateral defence cooperation between the neighbouring countries and regional security.  He also requested to increase the number of personnel trained by India. Currently, over 60% of Sri Lanka’s military personnel pursue their […]

Platinum Jubilee Commemoration of the Battle of Kangla Tongbi at Kangla Tolbi War Memorial

Platinum Jubilee Commemoration of the Battle of Kangla Tongbi at Kangla Tolbi War Memorial Kangla Tongbi War Memorial,(near Imphal) the Platinum Jubilee of the Battle of Kangla Tongbi War was commemorated by Army Ordnance Corps. The commemoration day was observed to honour the supreme sacrifice made by the courageous Ordnance Personnel of 221 Advance Ordnance […]

Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics

Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics Indian swimmer Kushagra Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics, Tokyo. It was after he achieved the B standard of the 800m freestyle event at the Speedo Thailand Age Group Championships in Bangkok. About 2020 Olympics: ♦ Host city: Tokyo, Japan ♦ Dates:  24 Jul 2020 – 9 Aug 2020 ♦ Motto: Discover Tomorrow

HDFC Bank to raise up to Rs.50,000 crore by issuing bonds

HDFC Bank to raise up to Rs.50,000 crore by issuing bonds Private lender HDFC Bank said it is planning to raise up to Rs.50,000 crore this fiscal by issuing bonds on private placement basis.  It will raise funds by issuing perpetual debt instruments [part of additional tier I capital], tier II capital bonds and long-term bonds [financing of infrastructure and affordable housing] […]

Adani Power receives LoI to acquire KWPCL

Adani Power receives LoI to acquire KWPCL Adani Power received a letter of intent (LoI) to acquire debt-laden Korba West Power Company Ltd. (KWPCL).  The committee of creditors of KWPCL, a company undergoing insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, has approved the resolution plan submitted by Adani Power.  KWPCL owns and operates a 600 megawatt thermal power plant in […]

Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Secretary, resigned her position on 7th April. Ms.Nielsen will, however, stay on until April 10. Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs, and Border Protection Commissioner will take charge as Acting Homeland Security Secretary. Ms. Nielson, who has had a rocky working relationship with President Donald Trump, handed in […]

Israel to go to polls to elect new parliament

Israel to go to polls to elect new parliament Israel will go to polls to elect a new parliament. Fourteen main parties are competing for 120 seats in the Knesset or parliament. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is running for his fifth term in office.  His main challenger is Benny Gantz, a former chief of staff for […]

RBI issues norms for banks to set up currency chests

RBI issues norms for banks to set up currency chests Reserve Bank of India(RBI)rolled out with guidelines for banks to set up new currency chests, which include the minimum area of 1,500 square feet for the strong room.  The new chests should have a processing capacity of 6.6 lakh pieces of banknotes per day. It […]

Elections Department of Puducherry launched DEO Puducherry app

Elections Department of Puducherry launched DEO Puducherry app The Elections Department of Puducherry has launched DEO Puducherry, an IT application to help voters with details of all polling stations in 25 Assembly constituencies in Puducherry district, booth-level officers and police officials and counting results. The new app was launched by Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) Apoorva Gupta.  The […]

MeT issued yellow weather warning for Himachal

MeT issued yellow weather warning for Himachal The Meteorological Department issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Himachal Pradesh. The weather department forecast thunderstorm with hail in isolated places of mid hills, including Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba, Solan and Sirmaur. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous […]

INS Shakti, INS Kolkata to take part in Chinese Navys 70th anniversary celebrations

INS Shakti, INS Kolkata to take part in Chinese Navys 70th anniversary celebrations The two ships are scheduled to visit Chinese port of Qingdao from 21 to 26 April to participate in an International Fleet Review to celebrate the 70th anniversary of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. INS Shakti […]

Supreme Court increased VVPAT verification for Lok Sabha election

Supreme Court increased VVPAT verification for Lok Sabha election As per the Supreme Court’s order would be implemented in the Lok Sabha election scheduled to begin on April 11. The court refused to go into the issue of integrity of the EVMs at this belated stage. SC has increased the number of EVM-VVPATs subjected to physical verification in order to ensure the greatest […]

Around 5,000 Naga Konyak women dance set a Guinness World Record in Nagaland

Around 5,000 Naga Konyak women dance set a Guinness World Record in Nagaland In an attempt to set a new Guinness World Records in the category of ‘largest traditional Konyak dance display,’ around 5,000 Konyak community women, all decked up in colourful traditional attire, danced to the tune of a ceremonial song at Nagaland, coinciding with the Aoleang […]

April 10: World Homoeopathy Day

April 10: World Homoeopathy Day The World Homoeopathy Day 2019 is observed across the world on April 10, 2019 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. The week following the birth date of Hahnemann, that is, 10 April – 16 April is observed as the World Homeopathic Awareness Week. This year it is 263rd birth anniversary of […]

A new seller-funding programme named Amazon Wings was launched by Amazon India

A new seller-funding programme named Amazon Wings was launched by Amazon India A new seller-funding programme named ‘Amazon Wings’  launched by Amazon India to help the small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise funds through the crowd funding platform. Amazon India sellers can use the Ketto’s platform for a subsidized fee which is around 50 percent […]

Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima

Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohimaon 4th April 2019. The theme of the event is ‘Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Rebirth’. The dignitaries from the UK and Japan sought reconciliation and forgiveness for the sufferings and pain caused against each other at the Battle of Kohima, that was fought in […]

ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards 2018 announced, PV Sindhu and Neeraj conferred with Sportsperson of year award

ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards 2018 announced, PV Sindhu and Neeraj conferred with Sportsperson of year award Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra were named as female and male sportsperson of the year in the ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards for their achievements in 2018. 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal won the award for the ‘Comeback of […]

India evacuates peacekeeping CRPF contingent from Libya says EAM Sushma Swaraj

India evacuates peacekeeping CRPF contingent from Libya says EAM Sushma Swaraj India evacuated its entire contingent of 15 CRPF personnel from Tripoli after the situation suddenly worsened in Libya. The CRPF contingent was deployed as a peacekeeping force in Tripoli. The military conflict in Libya escalated after forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched an […]

NPCI reduced UPI transaction charges up to Rs 1,000 by 60%

NPCI reduced UPI transaction charges up to Rs 1,000 by 60% The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which runs the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) network, has slashed usage fees for small transactions to encourage banks and payment service providers (PSPs) to adopt the system. 1) Charges on transactions up to Rs 1,000 have been cut to 10 paise from 25 paise earlier, […]

Chennai Central has been renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Chennai Central after Dr. MG Ramachandran

Chennai Central has been renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Chennai Central after Dr. MG Ramachandran Chennai Central railway stationrenamed by the Tamil Nadu State Government as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central Railway Station after late Chief Minister Dr. MG Ramachandran. Neeraj Sharma, Railway Executive Board Director notified that the change of […]

Congress proposed Nyay scheme in its manifesto

Congress proposed Nyay scheme in its manifesto The Congress party in its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 has announced a Minimum Income scheme Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) as a surgical strike against poverty. The Nyay scheme is targeted towards 5 crore families who are the poorest 20% in India. Nyay scheme guarantees each family a cash transfer of Rs. 72,000 a year and as far […]

SEBI agrees to crore Airport Specific Fund worth Rs. 10,000 crore

SEBI agrees to crore Airport Specific Fund worth Rs. 10,000 crore SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) approved an ‘airport’ specific fund. The name of the fund is ‘Taking Off To the Future Airport Fund’. It can raise a capital amounting to 1.5$bn (Rs. 10,000 crores). The ‘Sponsor and Investment Manager’ of the fund is […]

Praful Patel becomes 1st Indian to be elected as member of FIFA Executive Council

Praful Patel becomes 1st Indian to be elected as member of FIFA Executive Council Praful Patel is the current president of All India Football Federation (AIFF). He got 38 out of 46 votes. His membership in the council will be for four years, from 2019 to 2023. Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das […]

Tata Steel won ‘Global Slag Company of the Year’ award

Tata Steel won ‘Global Slag Company of the Year’ award The award has been presented to Tata Steel for its innovative practices in development of new applications for Steel by-products (Slag). The award was given at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019, held recently in Aachen, Germany. The conference is one of the largest global annual slag event, […]

L&Ts Proposal to Acquire Majority Stake in Mindtree approved by Competition Commission of India

L&Ts Proposal to Acquire Majority Stake in Mindtree approved by Competition Commission of India Larsen and Toubro (L&T) received the approval to acquire up to 66.15 per cent stake in the Bangalore-based IT services firm Mindtree from Competition Commission of India (CCI). Around Rs 10,800 crore was the estimated total deal value. About Larsen & […]

Christian organizations hold Vote for Dynamic India seminar

Christian organizations hold Vote for Dynamic India seminar Christian organizationsincluding Isai Rashtriya Manch, Rashtriya Massihi Mitra Manch, National United Christian Front, Hallelujah Worship Team India, and Rashtriya Isai Maha Sangh at National YMCA auditorium in New Delhi  Dr Denzil Godin, Anglo-Indian nominated MLA of Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Dr Ajay Mall, Bishop of Agra, Roma Joseph […]

USD 1.7 trillion needed per year to build disaster-resilient infrastructure in Asia: ADB report

USD 1.7 trillion needed per year to build disaster-resilient infrastructure in Asia: ADB report As per a recent ADB report titled ‘Asian Development Outlook 2019: Strengthening Disaster Resilience’, Developing economies across Asia are among the most vulnerable to natural disasters and have suffered damages estimated at 644 billion dollars since 2000. Of these, weather-related hazards caused the greatest share at 507 billion dollars (or 79 […]

Global Cooling Coalition was launched in Global Conference on Synergies

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Algerias Parliament to meet to name an interim successor

Algerias Parliament to meet to name an interim successor Algeria’s Parliament is set to meet on 9th April to name an interim successor to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after mass protests pushed the ailing leader from power. Algeria’s Constitution stipulates that the Speaker of the upper house of Parliament, currently Abdelkader Bensalah, 77, should take the presidential reins. He is to serve […]

National Handloom Week observed from 7th April to 14th April

National Handloom Week observed from 7th April to 14th April It is a celebration of the country’s 5,000-year old tradition of hand weaving cloths. On this occasion, a book named ‘The Indian textile Sourcebook’ authored by Avalon Fotheringham and published by Thames and Hudson will be launched on 9th April. In 2018, the National Handloom […]

Study says 85 per cent Ujjwala beneficiaries in four States still use earthen stoves

Study says 85 per cent Ujjwala beneficiaries in four States still use earthen stoves A new study from the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e) shows that 85% of Ujjwala beneficiaries in rural Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan still use solid fuels for cooking, due to financial reasons as well as gender inequalities. The resultant indoor air pollution can […]

DRDO says that all low earth satellites are in reach of ASAT missile

DRDO says that all low earth satellites are in reach of ASAT missile Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said that the anti-satellite (ASAT) test, Mission Shakti, conducted in the month of March is a “deterrence capability” and the missile can cover all satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LEO was chosen based on simulations with the primary objective being to minimise […]

Indian Navy signs MoU with CSIR for advanced technologies

Indian Navy signs MoU with CSIR for advanced technologies The Indian Navy signed MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to undertake joint research and development of advanced technologies for the Indian Navy. This will be a collaborative arrangement between labs of CSIR, the Indian Navy and Indian industry. The MoU provides a formal framework […]

NTPC signs with Canara Bank to raise Rs.2000 crore

NTPC signs with Canara Bank to raise Rs.2000 crore National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the State-run power giant, has signed a term-loan agreement with Canara Bank to raise Rs 2,000 crore. The agreement would be used to part finance its capital expenditure. The loan has a door to door tenure of 15 yearsand will be utilised to part finance the capital […]

Small tea growers to get app based training

Small tea growers to get app based training The Indian tea industry in association with Solidaridad, a global sustainability organisation, has launched an app that will act as a digital training tool for these growers while helping establish traceability for the segment, promoting quality and safe-farm practices. The small tea growers’ share in India’s total tea crop is hovering at about 50%. […]

Taliban siege in remote Afghan province kills 12 more troops

Taliban siege in remote Afghan province kills 12 more troops Taliban besieged a government and army compound in a remote western province of Afghanistan for the second consecutive day killing at least 12 more troops.  The latest fatalities brought the overall death toll for the assault in Badghis province to at least 32 Afghan soldiers […]

Six new spider species spotted in Kerala

Six new spider species spotted in Kerala Arachnologists from Kochi’s Sacred Heart College, Thevara, Kerala spotted a group ofjumping spiders that mostly occur in Eurasia and Africa for the first time in Ernakulam’s Illithodu forests. The team also found that the spider belonging to the genus (a taxonomic classification above species) Habrocestum is a species new to science. […]

Government sells Rs 1,150 crore worth ‘enemy shares’ in Wipro

Government sells Rs 1,150 crore worth ‘enemy shares’ in Wipro A total of 44.4 million shares, which were held by the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, were sold at Rs 259 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The buyers were state-owned Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), New India Assurance and General Insurance Corporation. LIC […]

BIS signed MoU with IIT-D on standardisation and conformity assessment

BIS signed MoU with IIT-D on standardisation and conformity assessment The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has signed MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) to collaborate in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment. The MoU was signed by IIT Delhi Director Professor V Ramgopal Rao and Director General of BIS Surina Rajan.  According to the […]

Karnataka Bank signed MoU with Bharti AXA for Insurance Products

Karnataka Bank signed MoU with Bharti AXA for Insurance Products Karnataka Bank has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company to distribute the latter’s life insurance products. This is the third similar tie-up by the Bank after with PNB Metlife India Insurance Company Ltd and LIC, both of whom continue to provide […]

BSNL announced a slew of tariff plans for Ugadi

BSNL announced a slew of tariff plans for Ugadi Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) announced a slew of tariff plans as part of its Ugadi offering in Hyderabad. It also announced three new pre-paid plans to meet the demand of consumers who want voice-focussed plans rather than data-heavy ones.  BSNL has seen its rise in market share from […]

US House voted to end American involvement in Yemens Civil War

US House voted to end American involvement in Yemens Civil War The resolution to end the American Involvement in the Yemen’s civil war was approved by 247 to 175 votes. The resolution directs the US President Donald Trump to remove US Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen within 30 days. […]

Dr. Sohini Sastri honoured with D. Litt by National American University

Dr. Sohini Sastri honoured with D. Litt by National American University Indian Astrologer Dr Sohini Sastri has been honoured with ‘D. Litt in Astrology’ by National American University, USA. Dr Sohini Sastri is one of the most trusted names in Astrologyand is known for her services over the years. She is also a receipt of ‘Champions of Change Award’ which was […]

Micromax Co-founder unveils Indias first AI-enabled e-motorcycle brand

Micromax Co-founder unveils Indias first AI-enabled e-motorcycle brand Rahul Sharma, cofounder of Indian phone maker Micromax, has forayed into the electric vehicle space. He has started a new enterprise called Revolt Intellicorp Pvt. Ltd, with plans to  launch an artificial intelligence (AI) based motorcycle. He has invested between INR 400 Cr – INR 500 Cr in […]

World Health Day observed on 7th April

World Health Day observed on 7th April World Health Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year as the World Health Day, with effect from 1950. World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World […]

Indo US military exercise concluded in New Delhi on 5th March

Indo US military exercise concluded in New Delhi on 5th March The military training exercise of the United States military forces from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) with the Indian National Security Guard in New Delhi concluded on 5th March.  The month-long exercise provided soldiers hands-on experience in real urban settings, such as hotels and transportation […]

Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84

Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84 Virat Kohli hit his 35th fifty in the Indian Premier League as Royal Challengers Bangalore sought to bounce back following four successive defeats this season. Up against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli came out all guns blazing and became the 2nd fastest after Chris Gayle to […]

Madras HC directs Centre to ban TikTok for inappropriate videos on app

Madras HC directs Centre to ban TikTok for inappropriate videos on app The Central government taken major steps in curbing various games which appeal on hindering human life, the Madras High Court also had some similar appeal on banning the TikTok app. Madras High Court on Thursday cited that the Chinese video app TikTok, was […]

Pakistan opened a route for flights out of India

Pakistan opened a route for flights out of India Pakistan has opened one route for west-bound flights from India more than a month after it shut its airspace for all civilian flights following the Indian Air Force’s strikes at Balakot. A decision on opening a passage for flights overflying Pakistan and entering India is yet to be taken. The route […]

MRM launches campaign to garner Muslim support for strong & stable government

MRM launches campaign to garner Muslim support for strong & stable government Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a social and educational reform movement working among the Muslims in India since 2002, undertaking the campaign to create awareness among the Muslim voters to cast their vote for a strong government at the Centre to ensure the all-round […]

Scientists warn of amphibian pandemic that already killed 90 species

Scientists warn of amphibian pandemic that already killed 90 species A deadly disease affecting amphibians has descended into a global pandemic and it has already wiped out 90 species. This was disclosed by a prominent US biologist  Jonathan Kolby, at the World Organisation for Animal Health Aquatic Conference in Santiago, Chile yesterday. The disease attacks […]

ICAT to organize NuGen Mobility Summit in November

ICAT to organize NuGen Mobility Summit in November 07 April 2019 Current Affairs: The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is to organize a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019.  The summit will help in building a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies. […]

Chatbot Making Startup Haptik was acquired by Reliance Jio Digital for Rs.700 Crore

Chatbot Making Startup Haptik was acquired by Reliance Jio Digital for Rs.700 Crore Reliance Jio Digital, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries acquired a chatbot making startup firm Haptik worth for Rs.700 Crore. In this Rs.700 Crore deal,Rs.230 Crore will be used for business transaction and Rs.470 Crore will be used for business expansion. After this […]

Russian delegation meets I&B Secretary in New Delhi

Russian delegation meets I&B Secretary in New Delhi A Russian delegation led by the Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Alexey Volin met Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare in New Delhi.   During the meeting, it was mutually agreed that an annual Indo-Russian Forum for Media Cooperation is organized alternately in […]

Rakesh became next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon

Rakesh became next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon Shri Rakesh Malhotra, Who was a Consul General, Consulate General of India, Melbourne appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon. About Cameroon ♦ Capital : Yaounde ♦ Currency  : Central African CFA franc (XAF) ♦ President:  Paul Biya […]

CCMB scientists discovered a new enzyme Murein Endopeptidase to break the bacterial cell wall

CCMB scientists discovered a new enzyme Murein Endopeptidase to break the bacterial cell wall The Center for Cell and Molecular Biology (CCMB) scientists have discovered a new enzyme called  “Murein EndopeptidiaseK” which helps to cut bacterial cell walls, so it is possible for a new drug treatment that prevents bacterial resistance by existing antibiotics. Scientists from […]

National Maritime Day is celebrated on April 5 in India

National Maritime Day is celebrated on April 5 in India National Maritime Day in India is celebrated on April 5 every year. The day is being observed since 1964. Hundred years ago, on this day in 1919,navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd travelled to the United Kingdom from Mumbai. It was a crucial step […]

Over 113 mn people in 53 countries experienced acute hunger in 2018

Over 113 mn people in 53 countries experienced acute hunger in 2018 According to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report, More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger last year, with conflict, climate-related disasters and economic turbulence mainly driving the food insecurity crisis. ‘Global Report on Food Crises 2019’ prepared by 15 leading […]

PM Modi awarded UAE’s highest civilian honor Zayed medal

PM Modi awarded UAE’s highest civilian honor Zayed medal President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyanhonoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the prestigious Zayed Medal for boosting relations between the Emirates and India. The ‘Order of Zayed‘ is the highest civil decoration instituted by the UAE. It consists of a collar cantered by a medallion […]

Vipin Anand assumed charge as new Managing Director of LIC

Vipin Anand assumed charge as new Managing Director of LIC Vipin Anand was appointed as the Managing Director of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), by the government last month. He was instrumental in setting up LIC’s operations in Singapore and Bangladesh. He served more than 35 years in LIC. Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) executive board comprises […]

India to set up IAIARD in Malawi

India to set up IAIARD in Malawi The Ministry of External Affairshas signed an MOU with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi. IAIARD would be a Pan-African Institute wherein trainees from Malawi and other African countries, will receive training to develop their human resources and build […]

RBI made changes in NPA disclosure norms

RBI made changes in NPA disclosure norms The Bad loan divergence practice was mandated by RBI to improve the transparency in asset classification. Now RBI has brought changes to the bad loan divergence rule. The reason for this is that some banks, on account of low or negative net profit after tax were forced to disclose divergences even […]

AFSPA removes its power partially in Arunachal Pradesh

AFSPA removes its power partially in Arunachal Pradesh The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was partially removed from three of nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh but would remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar. The State of Arunachal Pradesh had inherited AFSPA since 1987, the day of its formation.  AFSPA is enacted by Parliament in 1958 and was applied […]

Fitch kept Indias rating unchanged for 13th year

Fitch kept Indias rating unchanged for 13th year Global ratings agency Fitch retained India’s sovereign ratingat ‘BBB-‘, the lowest investment grade, with a stable outlook for the 13th straight year (since 2007). It had last upgraded India’s sovereign rating from ‘BB+’ to ‘BBB-’ with a stable outlook on August 1, 2006. Fitch expects India’s growth of 6.8% in financial year 2019-20 and 7.1% […]

Saudi Arabia pledged USD 1 billion for Iraq at start of economic visit

Saudi Arabia pledged USD 1 billion for Iraq at start of economic visit Saudi Arabia has reopened a consulate in Baghdad for the first time in nearly 30 years and announced a one billion dollars aid package for Iraq. Saudi Arabia would also provide Iraq with $500m to boost exports and a gift of a 100,000-seat sports stadium to be built on Baghdad’s outskirts. Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iraq when […]

CBDT rejects report which claims spike in number of I-T stop filers after demonetization

CBDT rejects report which claims spike in number of I-T stop filers after demonetization Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) rejected media report which claimed that there had been a spike in the number of income tax stop filers in the year of demonetization. It has termed the report as false and baseless.  In a statement, […]

Former Bollywood Actress, Mayoori kango has appointed as the Industry Head of Google India

Former Bollywood Actress, Mayoori kango has appointed as the Industry Head of Google India She will lead Google engagement with Publicis (Parent Company of Performics) and DAN. Before joining Google India, Mayoori has worked as a Managing Director in Performics which is part of Publicis Groupe. She has been instrumental in engaging and retaining accounts […]

Moscow Exchange signs deals with BSE, India INX

Moscow Exchange signs deals with BSE, India INX Russia’s Moscow Exchange (MOEX) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and India International Exchange(India INX). This will be the very first time that Indian exchanges will enter into the MoU with Moscow exchange. The move aims to ease the access of Indian capital to the […]

Indias services sector output growth at six-month low in March

Indias services sector output growth at six-month low in March India’s services’ sector activity eased in March with the slowest pace of output growth in six-months due to slower expansion in new work, leading to the weakest rate of hiring since last September. The seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index fell to 52 in March from 52.5 in February, indicating the slowest expansion since last […]

Rupee plunged 76 paise to 69.17 against dollar

Rupee plunged 76 paise to 69.17 against dollar The rupee plunged 76 paise on 4th March to close at 69.17 against the U.S. dollar after theRBI cut the interest rate but kept its monetary policy stance ‘neutral’. In its first bi-monthly policy review for this financial year, the central bank slashed the policy rate by 25 basis points for the […]

GMR raised USD 300 mn bond for Hyderabad airport expansion

GMR raised USD 300 mn bond for Hyderabad airport expansion GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. on 4th March announced that it has priced a $300 million bond in the international market.  It had entered into a purchase agreement to issue and allot $300 million senior secured notes of five-year tenure at a coupon rate of 5.375%. The proceeds would be […]

IOCL introduced BS VI Fuel in New Delhi The Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) has stated that Supply of ultra-clean BS-VI grade petrol and diesel has begun in cities adjoining the national capital. The rest of the country will follow suit from April 2020.New Delhi is the first city in the country to leapfrog from BS-IV grade petrol and diesel to BS-VI fuels.  […]

RBI sets limits for Ways and Means Advances

RBI sets limits for Ways and Means Advances The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)in consultation with the government of India has set the limits for Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the first half of thefinancial year 2019-20 (April 2019 to September 2019) at Rs.75000 crore.  Ways and Means Advances (WMA): ♦ WMA is the temporary loan facility provided by the […]

Brunei passed harsh new sharia laws

Brunei passed harsh new sharia laws Brunei introduced harsh new sharia laws, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex. The law was passed despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups. The tough penal code in the country fully came into force following years of delays. The laws make Brunei the first place […]

Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns after 20 years in power

Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns after 20 years in power Algeria‘s long-serving president Abdelaziz Bouteflikaannounced his resignation, after mass protests demanding an end to his rule, and after a call from the army for him to be declared unfit to hold office. Bouteflika came to the presidency after its darkest period, the 1990s Islamic insurgency. After […]

Indian Army builds longest suspension bridge ‘Maitri on Indus in record 40 days

Indian Army builds longest suspension bridge ‘Maitri on Indus in record 40 days Indian Army’s Combat Engineers of ‘Sahas aur Yogyata‘ Regiment of ‘Fire and Fury Corps’ have built the longest cable suspension bridge named ‘Maitri’ over Indus river in Leh in a record 40 days. The 260-foot-long bridge is dedicated to Indians to commemorate 20th year of Kargil […]

Prevention of Blindness Week observed from 1st to 7th April 2019 in India

Prevention of Blindness Week observed from 1st to 7th April 2019 in India April 1 to 7 is observed as Prevention of Blindness Weekevery year in India. It is observed to alert and awaken the society towards various factors which causes blindness. It is organised by National Society for the Prevention of Blindness-India (NSPB-I) along with the […]

US approved to sell 24 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters to India for USD 2.4 billion

US approved to sell 24 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters to India for USD 2.4 billion The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Lockheed Martin-built helicopters are designed for hunting submarines, targeting ships, and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea. It is considered the world’s most advanced maritime […]

BSNL gets licence for WiFi on flights from DoT

BSNL gets licence for WiFi on flights from DoT Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a State-owned telecom service provider, has received licence from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide Internet and mobile services on flights. BSNL and its satellite partner, Inmarsat, will be able to offer in-flight connectivity to airlines once the ground infrastructure and associated approvals are set.  The DoT […]

WhatsApp launched fact-checking feature to combat fake news

WhatsApp launched fact-checking feature to combat fake news WhatsApp has launched an India-focused fact-checking feature to combat fake news and rumours starting with the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Users can check the authenticity of the information or rumours received on the platform by reporting the forward to the WhatsApp number +91-9643-000-888.  The response will indicate if the information […]

TRAI asks Telcos to submit plan details of segmented offers every month

TRAI asks Telcos to submit plan details of segmented offers every month The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) directed operators to submit before it all tariff plans that they offer to select segments of customers at the end of every month.  Telecom regulator in its order on Wednesday issued the new direction to telecom operators […]

One97 Communications-owned Paytm Money Gets SEBI Approval for Stock Broking

One97 Communications-owned Paytm Money Gets SEBI Approval for Stock Broking One97 Communications-owned Paytm Money, the wealth management arm of Paytm got approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start offering a stock broking service such as the ability to trade in equities and cash segments, derivatives, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) among […]

RBI reduced repo rate for second consecutive time by 25 bps to 6 percent

RBI reduced repo rate for second consecutive time by 25 bps to 6 percent The RBI cut its repo rate by 25 basis points to 6% in its first bi-monthly policy review of 2019-20. The decision comes a week before the election starts on April 11. The central bank had reduced the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points […]

Air pollution killed over 1.2 million in India in 2017

Air pollution killed over 1.2 million in India in 2017 According to the ‘State of Global Air Report 2019’, released by the Boston-headquartered Health Effects Institute, Air pollution in India contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in 2017. Of the total 49 lakh deaths due to diseases caused by exposure to air pollution in 2017, India and China accounted for […]

IFINs GNPAs touched 90 percent says IL&FS

IFINs GNPAs touched 90 percent says IL&FS IL&FS Financial Services Ltd. (IFIN), the non-banking finance arm of infrastructure conglomerate IL&FS, reported an increased gross non-performing asset (NPA) ratio of 90% as at end December 2018 against the gross NPAs of 5% in March 2018. The new management completed six months. It is unusual for any lender to report 90% gross […]

Tata Projects bagged USD321 mn worth project from NPCIL

Tata Projects bagged USD321 mn worth project from NPCIL Tata Projects has received an order from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) for the construction of 2 x 700 MW power plant. The estimated cost is about $321 million.This is the firm’s third contract in the nuclear power sector.  This project will provide the much needed power supply to the […]

Two new birds spotted in Kerala Aralam sanctuary

Two new birds spotted in Kerala Aralam sanctuary The 19th edition of the bird survey in Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary spotted two new species of birds – Woolly-necked Stork (Karuvarakkuru) and White-bellied Drongo (Kakkarajan) – both dry land species. A total of 152 species were spotted in the three-day survey. About Kerala: ♦ Capital:Thiruvananthapuram. ♦ Chief Minister:Pinarayi Vijayan. ♦ National […]

Chicago elected Lori a black woman as its Mayor

Chicago elected Lori a black woman as its Mayor Chicago elected Ms.Lori Lightfoot, 56, a black woman as itsMayor. The voters have put their faith in an openly-gay political novice to tackle difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence.  Since 1837, Chicago voters have elected only one black Mayor and one woman Mayor. Ms. Lightfoot will become Chicago’s first openly gay Mayor as well […]

SC to hear pleas challenging issuance of electoral bonds on April 5

SC to hear pleas challenging issuance of electoral bonds on April 5 The Supreme Court it will hear the pleas challenging the validity of the Centre’s decision on issuance of electoral bonds for political funding on Friday.  The bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi told advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for one of the petitioners, […]

Cholera vaccinations launched in post-cyclone Mozambique

Cholera vaccinations launched in post-cyclone Mozambique In Mozambique, a vaccination campaign launched after Cyclone Idai battered the nation and unleashed an outbreak of cholera. International relief agencies and the Health Ministry are aiming to immunise nearly 9,00,000 people against the water-borne intestinal disease, which has already killed two people and infected more than 1,400. The […]