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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

India, Germany sign 12 agreements

India and Germany inked twelve memoranda of understanding and agreements following bilateral delegation-level talks presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel.

New pink-green one rupee notes to be in circulation soon

The Reserve Bank of India will soon put into circulation currency notes in one rupee denomination. New one rupee notes with predominantly pink-green on obverse and reverse in combination with other colours will be soon put into circulation.The notes bearing the rupee symbol have been printed by the Government of India.

43rd G7 Summit held in Sicily, Italy

43rd G7 Summit was held on 26-27 May, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. The 43rd G7 summit was the first summit for British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time

United States has for the first time successfully tested its defence system against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). A ground-based interceptor was launched at a California air base and shot down a mock ballistic missile.

Kohli only Indian in top 10 of ICC ODI rankings

India captain Virat Kohli is the lone cricketer from the country to feature in the top 10 of the ICC Players Rankings for ODIs as he managed to hold on to his third spot in the batsman's chart.

India’s Health Minister JP Nadda gets WHO’s special recognition for tobacco control

World No-Tobacco-Day is observed on 31st May globally. On this day people are encouraged to observe abstinence of 24 hours from all forms of tobacco consumption.

Lionel Messi wins fourth Golden Shoe

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi won the European Golden Shoe for a record equaling fourth time having scored 37 goals in the Spanish league.

India ranks 120th among 131 nations in women workforce: World Bank report

According to India Development Report released by World Bank,  India had one of the lowest female participation in the workforce, ranking 120th among 131 countries.

India and Fiji Sign MoU on Defence Cooperation

The Minister of Defence and National Security of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola accompanied by his delegation signed an MoU with the Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.

World No Tobacco Day: 31 May

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." This theme has been set by the World Health Organization, WHO.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Amul inks MoU with ISRO for fodder acreage estimation

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has signed an MoU with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for fodder acreage assessment using satellite observation and space technology.

Banks Board Bureau gets 2 more members

The government has expanded the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai by adding two more members.

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies

Constantine Mitsotakis, a former prime minister of Greece remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece's liberal and socialist parties has died.

Fencer Bhavani Devi, First Indian to win gold in International Event

Indian fencer C A Bhavani Devi struck gold in the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship at Reykjavik (Iceland).

Prakash Javadekar launches UGC App to fight ragging

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched an Anti-Ragging Mobile App introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in New Delhi.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla appointed Jamia Millia Islamia Chancellor

Manipur Governor and former Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Prasar Bharati signs MoU with Morocco's SNRT

Government-run Prasar Bharati has got into an agreement with Morocco's Societe Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Television (SNRT) to step up cooperation in the broadcasting sector.

EPFO gives nod to hike in stock investment to 15 per cent

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has approved hike in investment limit in exchange traded funds (ETFs) to 15%, from the existing 10%, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya stated it. 

Govt to launch new campaign called Darwaza Band

The government launched new campaign called Darwaza Band for promotion of toilet usage in the rural areas across the country. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who leads the campaign, is proposed to be joined by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the formal launch event to be held in Mumbai.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Priyanka Chopra bags Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Actress Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an international icon. Star will be given the award under the newly introduced 'Internationally Acclaimed Actress' category at a ceremony.

Vadodara creates Guinness record for most people sweeping street

Vadodara, which was declared the 10th cleanest city in the country made a new Guinness world record for the maximum number of people sweeping a single venue. About 5,058 residents of the city came together to achieve the feat at the venue which was a bridge that connected Akota, an urban area.

Satyabrata Rout gets Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar

Satyabrata Rout, a professor from the Department of Theatre Arts, S N School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2016

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers: 29th May

29 May is celebrated as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The day was established to Honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace and pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.

China launches satellite navigation positioning system

China launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. It is the largest in the country and boasts the widest coverage.

ISRO set to launch monster rocket into space; all you need to know about it

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its most powerful launch vehicle, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III into space. Built to lift the heaviest Indian communication satellites, GSLV Mark-III could be a game changer when it comes to India’s space efforts. ISRO will be launching the GSLV Mark III, earlier named Launch Vehicle Mark (LVM)-3, a heavy launch capability launcher, on June 5, 2017 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

BSF officer summits Mount Everest a record 6th time, 1st Indian to clinch feat

Uttarakhand Mountaineer Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu has become the first Indian to summit Mount Everest a record six times.

Pune city police receive FICCI Smart Policing Award 2017

The Pune city police have received the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart Police Award for the year 2017.

Dailong village in Manipur declared Biodiversity Heritage Site

The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state.

IOC overtakes ONGC to become India's most profitable PSU

Indian Oil Corporation has overtaken Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to become India’s most profitable state-owned company. IOC, which has for decades been India’s biggest company by turnover, posted a 70 per cent jump in net profit to Rs. 19,106.40 crore in the financial year ended March 31, 2017.

Defence Minister inaugurates DRDO’s Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka

Union Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO)’s new Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Karnataka.

PM Narendra Modi to embark on 4-nation tour today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four nation tour beginning today. He will visit Germany first. Trade and commerce, economic cooperation and counter terrorism will be high on the agenda during the Prime Minister’s visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

India-Mauritius sign four agreements

Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth is on a three-day visit to India. This is his first port of call after assuming office and India laid out a red carpet welcome to make it a truly historic and memorable first visit. Apart from announcing a 500 million USD line of credit, India offered unconditional cooperation in the key area of maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. 

Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city’s upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop — easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade — is expected to be one of the most popular Apple stores in the world according to the US tech giant.

Goldman, Citigroup among 5 bankers selected for IOC stake sale

The government has selected five merchant bankers, including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, to manage the government's 3 per cent stake sale in IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) which could fetch about Rs 6,000 crore to the exchequer. The other bankers who have been selected by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) for managing the stake sale are Deutsche Equities, SBI Capital Markets and ICICI Securities. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

India announces $500 mn assistance to Mauritius

India announced a $500 million line of credit to Mauritius as the two countries resolved to deepen ties in a range of areas including the maritime domain. The two countries also signed a maritime security agreement after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. 

Green flag to country’s first e-vehicle public transport

Marking the third anniversary of the Narendra Modi government, Union surface transport minster Nitin Gadkari along with chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis flagged off taxi aggregator Ola's electronic vehicle (EV) services in the city.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Google India head Rajan Anandan appointed IAMAI chairman

Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). 

President receives book on PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat'

President Pranab Mukherjee has received the first copy of two books 'Mann Ki Baat-A Social Revolution on Radio' and 'Marching with a Billion-Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid term' at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Speaker of Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan formally released the books at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The book Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio by Rajesh Jain is a compilation of Prime Minister Modi’s addresses to the nation on All India Radio every month under the programme Mann Ki Baat.

US Senate confirms Indian-American Amul Thapar to key judicial post

The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Judge Amul Thapar to a key judicial position on the powerful US court of appeals. Thapar, the first Indian-American to be nominated by US President Donald Trump for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed by the Senate 52-44, a vote on party lines. 

PM Modi inaugurates India's longest bridge in Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s longest bridge - the Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam on Mr Modi walked a short distance over the bridge and enjoyed two minutes of solitude amidst his hectic schedule, with a strong wind above him and gushing waters below him as his companions. 

Mumbai is second most crowded city in the world: WEF

Two Indian cities named Mumbai and Kota have been named among the world’s most crowded in a list topped by Dhaka, according to World Economic Forum (WEF) citing UN-Habitat data. With a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometre, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most crowded city on the planet, followed by India’s financial capital Mumbai, home to 31,700 people per square kilometre at the second place.

Uttar Pradesh Govt. launches JE vaccination drive in 38 districts

In Uttar Pradesh, a massive immunisation drive has been launched in 38 districts to eradicate Japanese Encephalitis (JE). Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched the drive from Kushinagar district. The government also launched a toll-free number to get or provide any information about encephalitis. The number is 18001805544. His several cabinet colleagues also participated in the launch programmes in different districts. Drive will be continued by June 11th, 2017.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

New Book on Virat Kohli's Winning Formula Revealed by Abhirup Bhattacharya

A new book “Winning like Virat: Think & Succeed like Kohli” by Abhirup Bhattacharya, unravels the secrets of the cricketer’s consistent form, while attempting to decode his philosophy towards life.

Ashwin wins International Cricketer of the Year award

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin  won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.

P V Sindhu Elected to Badminton World Federation Athletes' Commission

Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu became a member of the BWF Athletes' Commission after voting closed for the four places on the representative body. The 21-year-old Indian topped the ballot with 129 votes as she led a trio of women onto the BWF Athletes' Commission.

IIT-Kharagpur signs MoU with Madhya Pradesh for measuring Happiness Index

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur's Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness has signed an MoU with Madhya Pradesh government to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the people of the state.

Govt launches ‘eSanad’ for online document verification

The Human Resource Development Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry launched an online verification portal 'e-sanad' to make the document verification process easier for students who planning to study abroad.

EDII and ITC bags Porter Prize 2017

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Gujarat and ITC Ltd have won the Porter Prize 2017. ITC bags for  Excellence in Corporate Governance and Integration and for its contribution in Creating Shared Value.

BSNL launches satellite phone service using Inmarsat

State-owned BSNL started satellite phone service through INMARSAT which will be initially offered to government agencies and later opened for others citizen in phased manner.

Two Indian peacekeepers honoured posthumously with UN medal

Two Indian peacekeepers Rifleman Brijesh Thapa and Ravi Kumar were among 117 military, police and civilian personnel honoured by the United Nations with a prestigious UN medal awarded posthumously for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.