Monday, 31 October 2016

November 1 to be observed as No Tobacco Day in Punjab

Punjab government will observe November 1 as ‘No Tobacco Day’ in an effort to discourage tobacco use in the state. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has issued directions to all the deputy commissioners in this regard.

Maharashtra tops NITI Aayog’s agri marketing index

Maharashtra is the top State in the implementation of agricultural reforms and offers the best environment for doing agri-business, according to an assessment by the Niti Aayog.

Sania Mirza retains World Number One ranking in Women's Doubles for 2nd consecutive year

Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza will end the season as world's top doubles Tennis player for the second straight year. Sania finished this season with seven Women's Tennis Association, WTA titles, a Grand Slam and a semi-final finish in the year ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

The ace Indian tennis star was close to being uprooted by Bethanie Mattek-Sands from the top spot, had the American won the WTA Finals Doubles title. However, Bethanie lost in the final and ensured that Sania will end the year at the top once again.

                                                                                                                    Source- Business Standard

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launches paddy cultivation in land set apart for airport

Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has launched paddy cultivation in Aranmula Puncha near Cochin.

Benami Transactions Act to curb black money comes into effect

The new law to prohibit benami transactions will come into effect from 1st of next month (01st November 2016). Parliament had passed the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 to curb black money. 

After seven years, Jhulan Goswami becomes world number 1 bowler again

Affectionately known as the ‘Chakdaha Express’ back home in Bengal, Jhulan Goswami is only one of two women’s national team cricketers still remaining from the 2005 World Cup squad, that finished second in South Africa. Now, seven years after reaching the pinnacle of the sport, the 33year old has pipped England pacer Katherine Brunt to become the world number 1 bowler. 

Ease of Doing Business: A.P., Telangana top in 2016 all-India ranking

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has released the report on State-wise Ease of Doing Business rankings on 31st October 2016. The rankings are on the basis of 340-point business reform action plan and their implementation by the States. This covers the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Vigilance Awareness week commences from today (31st October 2016)

The Central Vigilance Commission, as part of its efforts to promote probity in public life and to achieve a corruption free society, observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year. The week in which 31st October, the birthday of late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falls is observed as Vigilance Awareness Week. The observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week has commenced from today (31st October 2016), with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries/Departments/Central Public Sector Enterprises/Public Sector Banks and all other Organizations.

PM Modi pays tribute to Sardar Patel on his 141st birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid rich tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 141st birth anniversary. The day is being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day).

Spain breaks deadlock, re-elects Rajoy prime minister

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's acting prime minister and leader of its center-right Popular Party, was re-elected after winning a parliamentary vote.

India beat Pakistan in final to win Asian Champions Trophy

India celebrated Diwali by winning gold medal in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy by beating arch-rivals Pakistan 3-2 in the final in Malaysia on Sunday.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

47th international film festival of India to be held in Goa in November

SEVEN MARATHI films — including four feature and three non-feature films — have made the cut to be screened at the Indian Panorama of the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa from November 20 to 29.

World Bank appoints Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive

Kristalina Georgieva, a former head of EU humanitarian affairs and vice-president of the European commission, has been appointed chief executive of the World Bank.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

IIID to conduct 'Design Yatra' in Kozhikode

India's first 'Design Yatra' will be conducted in Kerala's Kozhikode city between October 29-31, 2016 during which competitions, heritage walk, talks and interaction with students will be conducted. 

India ranks poorly in Commonwealth youth index

India has ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries' prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres. 

SBI cuts lending rates by 0.15%, ICICI by 0.10%

Two top lenders in the country, SBI and ICICI Bank, on Friday announced a cut of 0.15% and 0.10% in their respective lending rates under a new system of computation. This comes after repeated displeasure shown by the RBI for not passing on the benefits of its rate cuts to borrowers. The revised rates will be effective from November 1 in case of both the banks.

Odisha Govt. comes up with a new scheme to provide legal assistance to deprived sections

The Odisha government has come up with a new scheme to provide legal assistance to the deprived sections of the society at the grassroots level in all its 6,812 gram panchayats across the state. 

Bangladesh introduces temporary ban on catching Hilsa Fish

Bangladesh has arrested more than 900 fishermen and deployed the army to patrol its waterways after introducing a temporary ban on catching hilsa in an effort to save the hugely popular fish.

After Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh becomes India’s second open defecation free state

Himachal Pradesh was on Friday declared 'Open Defecation Free', becoming India's second state to get this status after Sikkim. The newly acquired status will entitle Himachal Pradesh to receive World Bank funding under ₹9,000 crore project to sustain sanitation campaign.

India Wins Its First Ever International Medal in Roller Skating at Asian Championships

The team of Indian Roller Skaters claimed their first ever International medal in the sport.

Indian hockey defender Surender Kumar suspended

Indian defender Surender Kumar has been suspended for two matches after being found guilty of a serious foul in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy hockey.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Japan's Prince Mikasa, world's oldest royal, dies at 100

Japanese Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, died at the age of 100, 27 October. He was the oldest imperial family member in the world. Mikasa was the fifth in the line of succession to the Japanese throne Chrysanthemum, a metaphorical name for the monarchy.

MMTC ties up with major banks to retail gold coins

Public sector major MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India) has joined hands with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Andhra Bank to retail gold coins with a new buyback option. Besides its own outlets across the country, MMTC has tied up with Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Federal Bank and YES Bank to sell gold coins in denominations of 5 gm and 10 gm coin and 20 gm bar.

Govt notifies revised DTAA with South Korea

India and South Korea have signed a revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The Provisions of the new DTAA will have effect in India in respect of income derived in fiscal years beginning on or after 1 April 2017.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar wins 2016 Sakharov Prize

Two Yazidi women, Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar, who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. The announcement of the year's joint laureates was made following a decision by European Parliament on 27 October 2016. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 14 December.

National Ayurveda Day being observed

The National Ayurveda Day is being observed on 28-10-2016. The Ministry of AYUSH is organizing a day-long national seminar on Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda in New Delhi. The Ministry will launch Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda on this occasion. The Mission Madhumeha will be implemented throughout the country through a specially designed National Treatment Protocol for effective management of Diabetes through Ayurveda.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Karnal Singh appointed as chief of Enforcement Directorate

Senior IPS officer Karnal Singh on 25-10-2016 was appointed chief of Enforcement Directorate(ED), the agency entrusted with probing money laundering cases. The appointments committee of cabinet has approved the appointment of Singh as director, Enforcement Directorate (ED) till August 31, 2017, ie the date of his superannuation.

India, New Zealand Sign Three Agreements

India and New Zealand on 26 October 2016 signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation avoidance, food security and carry forward the ties between both sides.

Sunil Bharti Mittal elected as GSMA Chairman

Bharti Enterprises Founder and Chairman Sunil Mittal has been elected as GSMA (Global System Mobile Association) Chairman for a two-year period from January 2017 through December 2018.

Legendary Kashmiri singer Raj Begum dies

Celebrated Kashmiri singer Raj Begum passed away on 26 October 2016 in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Begum was one of the most recognized female singers in the Kashmir Valley. She was 89. She was awarded Padma Shri in 2002.

Justice Reddy committee on One Rank One Pension submits report

The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension submitted its report to the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. The Central Government had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of Justice L Narasimha Reddy retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

Dr. Ajay M. Gondane appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia

Dr. Ajay M. Gondane has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia. Currently he is working as the Additional Secretary (Political) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He has previously served as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and as Deputy Consul General of India in New York.

Haryana to observe 2017 as 'Garib Kalyan Varsh'

Haryana Government has decided to observe 2017 as the “Garib Kalyan Varsh. During the observation period of Garib Kalyan Varsh, the government would lay emphasis on welfare of poor people and generating employment opportunities for the youth.

Ericsson appoints Borje Ekholm as new president, CEO

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has appointed Borje Ekholm as President and CEO. Ekholm joins Ericsson from his current position as CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor. His appointment comes almost three months after the company ousted global CEO Hans Vestberg.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

International Hockey Federation appoints Jason McCracken as new CEO

The International Hockey Federation has appointed New Zealand's Jason McCracken as its Chief Executive Officer. McCracken will be leaving his role as Head of Insurance and Investment Risk at banking group ANZ to take on his new post at FIH's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. He will replace Kelly Fairweather, who is leaving for the International Tennis Federation after six years in the role.

Legendary football Carlos Alberto Torres dies

Legendary footballer Carlos Alberto Torres passed away on 25 October 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was 72. Carlos was known for scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history in 1970 final against Italy.

India ranks 130 in ease of doing business: World Bank report

According to the World Bank’s Ease of doing Business Report 2017, India now ranks 130 out of 190 countries, New Zealand has surpassed Singapore to become the easiest country in the world to do business. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

FIFA U-17 WC in India to start from October 6 next year

The U-17 FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup will be held in India from October 6 to 28 next year.The tournament will be held in 6 cities across the country, namely Kochi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Delhi, Goa and Kolkata.

India up 21 places in WEF gender gap report: WEF

India has climbed 21 spots to rank 87th on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2016. With this jump in ranking, India has now overtaken China which is ranked 99th out of 144 countries.  Iceland tops the latest rankings followed by Finland, Norway and Sweden. The World Economic Forum is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Beatty becomes first US author to win Man Booker prize

Paul Beatty became the first author from the United States (US) to be awarded the Man Booker prize, for his book, 'The Sellout'. Beatty's book was awarded the 2016 prize of £50,000, in the third year since the award was opened to American writers. The Man Booker International Prize was established in 2005, biennially rewarding an author for a body of work originally written in any language as long as it was widely available in English.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

India's first startup magazine launched

India’s first startup magazine “Cofounder” has been launched by Adhish Verma and Arunraj Rajendran. The magazine will talk about real stories behind the early stage startups and entrepreneurs.

China’s space lab launches micro-satellite

Tiangong-2, the experimental space lab of China has successfully launched a micro-satellite, Banxing-2 (the word means Companion Satellite). The micro-satellite is roughly the size of a desktop printer. At present, Tiangong-2 is orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board.

World Bank award for Almatti dam

Almatti dam, one of the largest reservoirs in Karnataka, was chosen for the World Bank’s Award of Excellence for best utilisation of funds for renovation to enhance the strength of the dam. The World Bank had granted Rs.72 crore to the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited to prevent seepage which could damage the dam.

54 eminent personalities selected for Yash Bharti Awards 2016

The Uttar Pradesh government has declared the list of Yash Bharati awardees 2016. 54 personalities have been selected for the coveted award for the year 2016-17. The award carries the cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation and a shawl. The award is given by the Uttar Pradesh Government for excellence in literature, fine arts, folk and classical music and sports.

Bilal Nazki appointed as chairperson of JKHRC

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has appointed former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Bilal Nazki as the chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission. Mr. Bilal Nazki headed the committee set up by the Centre to review the functioning of the Haj Committee of India and its state units in 2013.

Ratan Tata replaces Cyrus Mistry as Tata Sons chairman

In one of the biggest upheaval in the corporate sector, the Tata Sons Board has appointed Ratan Tata as the interim chairman of the group for four months, replacing Cyrus Mistry. The decision was taken at a Board meeting in Mumbai. Mistry is the son of Pallonji, who controls nearly 18% of the equity in Tata Sons.

World Development Information Day: 24 October

World Development Information Day is observed across the world on 24 October. The day is annually observed to draw the attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

Monday, 24 October 2016

ITBP celebrating its 55th raising day

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police celebrated its 55th raising day on 24 October. The force was raised on 24th October in 1962. ITBP is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 kilometer of India-China Border. 

Indian Army team wins gold medal in gruelling Cambrian Patrol exercise

A team from the Indian Army's Gorkha Rifles has won a gold medal at one of the most gruelling exercises in the world. Team 2/8 Gorkha was awarded a gold medal in Exercise Cambrian Patrol organized by the British Army. The medal went to the 8 men of the 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles.

Andhra Pradesh, Singapore's MAS pact for financial services

Andhra Pradesh government has signed an agreement with the Monetary Authority of Singapore to promote innovation in financial services in their respective markets.