Bachchan’s role as UNICEF ambassador extended for 2 more yrs

Why in news ? Actor Amitabh Bachchan has announced that his role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador has been extended for two more years. About news ? He said that it was owing to the success of the polio drive. Bachchan will now be working on spreading awareness regarding vaccination for MR (measles and rubella) […]

Maharashtra revokes ban on pan masala until panel’s decision

Why in news ? The ban on sale of flavoured areca nut — pan masala — has been revoked by the state government from July 21, according to a circular by the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated July 17. About news ? Public health experts urged the government to reconsider its decision adding […]

Walmart India names Future Consumer’s Devendra Chawla as new COO

Why in news ? Walmart India has roped in former CEO of Future Consumer Devendra Chawla as its chief operating officer, according to a person familiar with the development. About news ? Walmart India owns and operates 21 best price modern wholesale stores in nine states across India. He will join as COO Merchandising, Marketing […]

Civil aviation gets wings as state inks deal with AAI

Why in news ? The efforts to create a strong and fruitful civil aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand got a major shot in the arm with the state government inking an agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI). About news ? The move comes after earlier efforts to boost intra-state aviation failed to yield fruit. […]

Rajya Sabha passes Maritime Admiralty Bill

Why in news ? Parliament gave its nod to a bill that seeks to upgrade the law related to maritime claims, arrest and detention of ships and extends jurisdiction of trial to various courts across the country. About news ? The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2017 seeks to repeal laws such as […]

FSSAI bans stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018

Why in news ? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday said it is banning the use of stapler pins in tea bags effective January 1, 2018. About news ? The FSSAI order directs the concerned food business operators to discontinue the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea […]

Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as India’s 14th President

Why in news ? Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn in as India’s 14th President replacing Pranab Mukherjee. About news ? He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice JS Khehar in the central hall of Parliament. At the occasion attended by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi, former PMsManmohan Singhand Deve Gowda, former presidentPratibha Patil, […]

Mithali Raj named captain of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team of the tournament

Why in news ? India skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 teamby the International Cricket Council. About news ? The 34-year-old Indian was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup. England Women Team has won the […]

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Renowned Indian scientist Professor Yash Pal dead

Why in news ? scientist Padma Vibhushan Professor Yash Pal passed away on Monday in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He was 90. About news ? He was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. Yash Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang in then British India […]