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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dharmendra Pradhan on a Three-Day Visit to Japan

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is on a three-day visit to Japan to participate in the 6th annual LNG Producers Consumer Conference. The visit is important to enhance the bilateral engagements in the Oil and Gas sectors within the overall framework of India-Japan Energy Dialogue.

Yes Bank Commits Rs 156 cr for Namami Gange Project

Private sector Yes Bank has committed Rs 156 crore to fund first Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to be constructed at Varanasi under Hybrid Annuity-PPP Model.

2nd Ayurveda Day: 17 October

This year's 2nd Ayurveda Day is celebrated on 17 October in New Delhi by the Ministry of AYUSH. PM Modi will be the Chief Guest and will also inaugurate the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi.

Monday, 16 October 2017

IBM Launches Blockchain Banking Network To Speed Cross-border Payments

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has announced the launch of IBM Blockchain, a new blockchain banking solution, that will help financial institutions for cross-border payments.

Yes Bank Partners with Abu Dhabi Global Markets for Collaboration on Fintech

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, and Yes Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding to further foster cross-border exchange between the fintech ecosystems of the United Arab Emirates and India. 

Maria Sharapova Wins Tianjin Open, Claims First Title Since Drugs Ban

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.

Union Bank launches bilingual Android App

Union Bank of India has launched an Android app, Union Sahyog, as part of its drive to digitise customer-facing banking services. The Union Sahyog app is bilingual — offering both English and Hindi language — and packs in all mobile-based banking applications, missed call/SMS-based services, Internet banking login and self-user creation, deposit and loan product information, online account opening, online loan application, online complaints and even RTI. 

Varun Dhawan Youngest Indian Actor to get Statue at Tussauds

Actor Varun Dhawan will get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, making him the youngest Indian actor to have his statue at the museum.

Vanuatu Becomes First Nation to Accept Bitcoin in Exchange for Citizenship

The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has become host to the world’s first government to accept bitcoin in exchange for citizenship. Vanuatu’s citizenship program costs $200,000 USD, meaning that at current prices the residency program costs less than 41.5 bitcoins.

Defence Minister to commission INS Kiltan into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has commissioned an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. 

Government Appoints MK Gupta, DK Gayen as New Railway Board Members

The government of India has appointed Mahesh Kumar Gupta and D K Gayen as the two new members in the Railway Board. D.K. Gayen, presently posted as General Manager East Central Railway, has been appointed as new Member (Staff) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India.

The Coalition Years 1996-2012: Pranab Mukherjee’s Political Autobiography

Former President Pranab Mukherjee has released the third part of his memoir ‘The Coalition Years: 1996-2012’, speaking candidly about believing he could have been the Congress choice for the Prime Minister’s post.

Mohun Bagan Lift Governor's Gold Cup for 10th Time

Maidan heavyweights Mohun Bagan has won the 37th All India Governor's Gold Cup football tournament for the 10th time by defeating Partha Chakra by a narrow 1-0 margin.

GoM on Composition Scheme holds First Meeting in New Delhi

Within a week of being set up, the group of ministers (GoM) on making the GST composition scheme more attractive held its first meeting in New Delhi. The 5-member GoM, led by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has also been tasked to revisit Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates for restaurants.

GDP May Grow at 7% in Financial Year 2017-18: NITI Aayog

According to NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, the economic slowdown that began in 2013-14 has bottomed out and the GDP is likely to grow at 6.9-7 % this fiscal (2017-18) and 7.5% in 2018-19. The economic growth slowed to 7.1% in 2016-17, the year in which 87% of the currency was demonetised, despite a very good show by the agricultural sector.

16th October: World Food Day

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. 

Shakib first from Bangladesh in MCC World Cricket Committee

Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the first cricketer from Bangladesh to be inducted in the MCC World Cricket Committee under the chairmanship of Mike Gatting. Also added to the committee are Suzie Bates, Ian Bishop and Kumar Dharmasena. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Roger Federer Cruises to Shanghai Masters Title

Roger Federer has brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival. The Swiss world number two beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells earlier this year, and never looked like losing to his long-time rival in Shanghai, firing 10 aces as he cruised to victory.

New Guiness Record at IISF Chennai 2017

Day two of the India International Science Festival (IISF) in Anna University campus at Chennai saw the making of a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson. One thousand forty nine (1049) students participated in the record breaking session. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that PM Narendra Modi to encourage and promote science and the Govt. of India has launched many Flagship Programmes in this regard. 

PM lays Foundation Stone for Infrastructure Projects in Bihar

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange programme; and four National Highway projects, at Mokama in Bihar. The total outlay of these projects is over Rs. 3700 crore. 

Rajasthan Assembly First in India to Call Motions Online

Going digital, the Rajasthan assembly has become the first in India to call attention and adjournment motions and proposals online from legislators to send them to the state government. Speaker Kailash Meghwal has inaugurated the new system by sending a call for an attention motion to the state government with a click of the mouse.

Direct Tax Collections in First Half of Current Financial Year rise 15.8 percent

The Direct Tax Collections in the first half (April-September) of the current fiscal (2017-18) shows growth of 15.8 percent. According to the Finance Ministry, the provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to September 2017 show that net collections are at 3.86 lakh crore rupees which is higher than the corresponding period of last year. Net Direct Tax collections represent 39.4 percent of the total budget estimates of Direct Taxes for the financial year 2017-18.

15th October: International Day of Rural Women

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15th October 2008. This new international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18th December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Odisha Government Department Signs MOU with SBI

The Odisha government's Directorate of Treasuries and Inspection and the State Bank of India have signed an MOU for integration of SBI e-Pay with the cyber treasury. The MoU is a landmark initiative by the state government to facilitate revenue collection from citizens through digital banking platform.

US and Israel Withdraws from UNESCO

The US and Israel announced their withdrawal from the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias. The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of Unesco’s funding, is a major blow for the Paris-based organization. 

World’s Largest Combustion Research Centre Inaugurated at IIT Madras

The world’s largest combustion research center was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) in Tamil Nadu. The National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat.

France’s Audrey Azoulay to be Next UNESCO Chief

UNESCO’s executive board chose former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay to be the UN cultural agency’s next leader.

Esther Staubli, First Female Referee to Officiate at U-17 World Cup

Switzerland's Esther Staubli has become the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. She was the referee in the match between Japan and New Caledonia in the final round group E match.

M K Sanu Chosen for Mathrubhumi Literary Award

Eminent critic, biographer and orator M K Sanu has been chosen for the Mathrubhumi Literary Award for 2016 in recognition of his rich contribution to the Malayalam literature.

Rukaiya Rangwala Appointed MobiKwik Payment Gateway Head

MobiKwik, mobile wallet major, and a payment gateway provider announced the appointment of Rukaiya Rangwala as the Business Head of 'MobiKwik Payment Gateway' to drive the growth of the entity.

HPCL, First Indian OMC to Launch Lubricants in Myanmar

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has become the first Oil Marketing Company (OMC) from India to mark its presence in the lubricant market in Myanmar and to lend more visibility and awareness to the brand.

Jackson Singh Scored India's First World Cup Goal

Jackson Singh Thounaojam created history at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium by scoring India’s first goal in a FIFA U-17 World Cup during India’s match against Colombia.

Smriti Irani Opens World Largest B2B Handicraft & Gifts Fair

The 44th edition of world largest B2B handicraft and gifts fair entitled IHGF-Delhi Fair (Autumn) 2017 was inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles in a ceremony at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.

Historian Satish Chandra Passes Away

Veteran and one of India’s eminent historian Satish Chandra passed away the age of 95. Satish’s important works include Mughal Empire and its downfall. He was also the author of NCERT’s leading history book ‘History of Medieval India’.

India-Sri Lanka JTE 'MITRA SHAKTI 2017' Started

The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise (JTE) MITRA SHAKTI 2017 started with a grand Opening Ceremony conducted at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The exercise is 14 Day long.

Union Minister Launched Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

Communications Minister Manoj Sinha launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance (PLI). Under Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, at least one village (with min. 100 households) will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country. Coverage of all households is the primary objective of this scheme.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Indian Air Force Launched Health Mobile App 'MedWatch'

The Indian Air Force (IAF) launched an innovative health mobile App named `MedWatch' on the occasion of its 85th anniversary. It was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during the Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi.

International Day for Disaster Reduction: 13 October

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was observed across the world on 13 October. The theme for 2017 IDDR is ‘Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’.

Gautam Bambawale Appointed as India's Ambassador to China

Gautam Bambawale was appointed as India's new Ambassador to China. Bambawale is an Indian Foreign Service Officer of the 1984 batch.

Safe Cities Index 2017: Tokyo Safest, Delhi 43rd

Japanese capital city Tokyo has topped The Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index 2017, which ranked 60 cities on parameters including personal and health security.

Arun Jaitley Attends G-20 Finance Ministers Meeting

The Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley participated in the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) Meeting in Washington D.C.

Arjen Robben Retires from International Football

Netherlands captain Arjen Robben announced the end of his international career after his country failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals despite a 2-0 win over Sweden.

Yuvraj Singh Named Laureus’ First Indian Ambassador

Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was announced as the Laureus' first Brand Ambassador.

GIC Re Launched India’s Third Largest IPO

General Insurance Corp of India (GIC Re) kicked off its mega Rs 11,370 crore initial public offer (IPO). This is India's third biggest IPO ever after Coal India's Rs 15,200 crore and Reliance Power's Rs 11,700 crore issues.

Amazon, Microsoft Ties up to Launch Deep Learning Platform

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft have teamed up to launch an open-source and deep learning interface 'Gluon' that will help developers to deploy machine learning models across several platforms.

Global Hunger Index: India Ranks 100 Among 119 Countries

India, which has more than a fifth (21 percent) of its children wasted (weigh too little for their height), slipped three places to 100th  in the 2017 Global Hunger Index  (GHI). The ranking of India in the list was 97th in 2016.

India Beat Macau to Qualify for 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Indian football team has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup after they had a convincing 4-1 win over Macau with two matches still to go in the qualifying round. This is the third time the country has qualified for the continental showpiece.

New Test Championship, ODI League Gets ICC’s Nod

The International Cricket Council Board has given an in-principle nod to the proposed nine-team Test Championship and a 13-team One-Day International league at the end of the meeting in Auckland.

Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun Resigns

Samsung Electronics chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun has resigned citing an "unprecedented crisis".

Mastercard Launched its First Innovation Centre in India

US-based fintech company Mastercard has announced the launch of its global research and development arm Mastercard Labs in Pune, India.