Sunday, October 11, 2015

Monthly Current Affairs September 2015


Current Affairs For The Year 2015 And Month Sep

Asian Air Gun Championships: Heena Sidhu won gold medal in women's 10 metre air pistol event

In the overall standings, India won an impressive haul of 17 medals topped the continental event while Iran took the second place with 12 podium finishes.
2015-10-01

Financial Times released data on FDI in H1 2015; India emerged most-favoured destination

As per the data, India in the first half of 2015 surpassed China to emerge as the most-favoured destination for FDI.
2015-09-30

Praveen Dixit appointed as Maharashtra DGP

Dixit, a 1977-batch IPS officer who was heading the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) succeeded Sanjeev Dayal who retired from his office.
2015-09-30

Indian-American environmental engineer Kartik Chandran named MacArthur Fellow

Chandran has won the prestigious accolade for his work in transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources and fertilisers.
2015-09-30

Tamil Nadu Government increased MSP for paddy crops

The revised MSP will come into effect from 1 October 2015 in the state.
2015-09-30

Sportzlive appointed as official marketing partner for 2nd Indian Badminton League 2016

Indian Badminton League 2 will feature six franchisee teams across India who will beef up their teams with the very best Indian and International Badminton players.
2015-09-30

17th All-India Govt Whips Conference held in Visakhapatnam

During the conference it was decided to review the salaries and allowances of MPs every five years and a three-member independent Emoluments Commission was decided to be appointed.
2015-09-30

The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment launched Accessible India campaign

The campaign was initiated by the government to increase the accessibility of the physical environment in the country.
2015-09-30

DNA sequencing-based blood test to diagnose Ebola and other pathogens developed

The study combined nanopore sequencing with metagenomic analysis for detection of pathogens in complex clinical samples in the setting of human infections.
2015-09-30

NDTV signed 100 crore rupees deal with Taboola

As per the agreement, Taboola will serve as the exclusive, multi-platform content discovery partner across all the sections of NDTV.
2015-09-30

First-ever US-India-Japan Trilateral Ministerial dialogue held

The three leaders agreed that the rule of law should be observed and that disputes should be settled peacefully to maintain peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
2015-09-30

Union Government launched National Institutional Ranking Framework along with its Web portal

The framework was drafted by a core committee that included National Board of Accreditation Chairman Surendra Prasad, IIT-Kharagpur director P.P. Chakraborty and IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi.
2015-09-30

21st meeting of the Western Zonal Council held in Panaji

It was decided in the meeting that the next Western Zonal Council will be held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
2015-09-30

Understanding European Refugee Crisis

The article delineates the ongoing refugee crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and the lessons which it holds for India.
2015-09-30

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire authored by Janam Mukherjee

The book says that the period between 1939 and 1946 in Bengal, can be defined, by three interrelated events: World War II, the Bengal famine of 1943, and the Calcutta riots of 1946.
2015-09-30

International Translation Day observed across the world

The theme of the International Translation Day 2015 was The Changing Face of Translation and Interpreting.
2015-09-30

NOC Online Application Portal and Processing System for the National Monument Authority launched

NOAPS will also help the citizens to apply for NOC online. The portal will provide them with a unique registration ID with which they can check the status of their applications from time to time.
2015-09-30

Can’t force political parties to keep poll promises: SC

Advocate Mithilesh Kumar Pandey through this PIL asked the court to ask political parties to fulfill their pre-election promises or stay away from post-poll alliances.
2015-09-30

INS Kochi, indigenously built largest warship, dedicated to the nation

It weighs over 7500 tonnes and is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including long-range surface-to-surface BrahMos missile.
2015-09-30

CCMB scientists developed nano-particle-based drug delivery method to fight fungal keratitis

Farming community is the worst affected by the disease as the fungi Fusarium makes sugarcane and paddy leaves as their habitat.
2015-09-30

Piyush Goyal launched Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity - Survey of States Report

The ACCESS report is a result of India's largest energy access survey; covering over 8500 households across 714 villages and 51 districts in six of the most energy poor states of India.
2015-09-30

Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2015-16 announced; Repo rate cut by 0.50 percent

The reduction in repo rate is expected to boost decelerating merchandise exports and investor confidence.
2015-09-30

Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping held at the UN headquarters in New York

The high-level summit reviewed the ongoing operations of 125000 strong UN Peacekeeping force and announced commitments to modernize the force.
2015-09-30

Union Government appointed four Brand Ambassadors for Digital India Programme

The brand ambassadors’ are two IIT-JEE toppers Satwat Jagwani and Krati Tiwari, Ankit Fadia (author & ethical hacker) and Pranav Mistry (computer scientist & author of 6th sense).
2015-09-30

Jayant Prasad appointed as Director General of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Prasad takes charge at IDSA at a special moment as 2015 marks the fiftieth year of existence of the think tank.
2015-09-30

Strong Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars: NASA

The researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet using an imaging spectrometer on MRO.
2015-09-29

NGT issued notice to Union Government on plea seeking stay on Lakhwar HEP

The 300-MW Lakhwar project is a gravity dam located in the Upper Yamuna River Basin in Dehradun district and is being built by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL).
2015-09-29

Maharashtra Government declared 2017 as Visit Maharashtra Year

The government also launched international tourism promotion project Maharashtra International Travel Mart 2015 (MITM).
2015-09-29

Delhi HC admitted plea challenging validity of Article 370 of Constitution of India

The PIL was filed by a 22-year old girl Kumari Vijayalakshmi Jha who in her plea questioned validity of Article 370 on the grounds that it was a temporary provision until a separate Constitution for J&K was framed by the State Constituent Assembly.
2015-09-29

Reliance signed strategic pact with EDIC to manufacture defence equipment

The aim of the pact is to create synergy to bring down operational costs and leverage each other’s capabilities.
2015-09-29

China’s Didi Kuaidi joined hands with Ola to compete Uber in India

In February 2015, China’s two leading taxi-hailing apps, Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache announced their merger to create one of the world's largest smartphone-based transport services company Didi Kuaidi.
2015-09-29

1st Indo-Africa ICT Expo launched in Nairobi

The Expo was conducted by Indian Government in conjunction with ICT Authority of Kenya, India’s Telecom Export Promotion Council (TEPC) and NASSCOM.
2015-09-29

Wipro selected as member of Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

A total of 317 companies were selected as the DJSI World constituents for the year 2015-16 out of 1845 companies that were assessed from around the world.
2015-09-29

Union Ministry of Road Transport launched Green Highways Policy, 2015

The Green Highway Policy will make it compulsory for road developers to set aside 1 per cent of the total project cost for plantation.
2015-09-29

NLC set up its first 10 MW solar power plant

The plant spread on 54 acres was installed by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited at a cost of 74.60 crore rupees.
2015-09-29

Indo-British van driver Dee Patel honoured with Pride of Britain Award

The Pride of Britain Awards founded by Peter Willis in 1999 is given to British people who have shown immense bravery in the hours of crisis.
2015-09-29

India signed 123.51 Million US dollar Loan Agreement with Asian Development Bank

It will also be used to improve basic tourism facilities and to build the capacity of sector agencies and local communities in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.
2015-09-29

World Heart Day 2015 celebrated with theme creating heart-healthy environments

The theme was chosen to remind the fact that creating healthy heart-environments is the key to prevent premature deaths from preventable cardiovascular diseases.
2015-09-29

Boat with 200 onboard capsized in River Koholi in Kamrup district of Assam

The overcrowded boat was heading from Chaygaon to Champupara to attend a boat race.
2015-09-29

Ministry of Railways launched Indian Railway Knowledge Portal

It is an initiative of the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) which allows the user to access most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways.
2015-09-29

Union Ministry of Tourism launched new initiatives on World Tourism Day

The purpose of the initiatives to augment tourism related infrastructure and manpower in the country.
2015-09-29

Meghalaya Governor Shanmuganathan got additional charge of Governor of Manipur

He was given the additional duties of Manipur after the demise of incumbent Dr. Syed Ahmed Khan.
2015-09-29

Google teamed up with Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi at 400 Stations

The project will make Internet hot-spots available to more than 10 million people just with the first 100 stations online. This will make it the largest Wi-Fi project in the country.
2015-09-28

Nepal imposed vehicle curbs due to fuel shortage

Madhesis feel that the new Constitution by dividing the Nepal into seven federal provinces has failed to satisfy the Madheshis and Tharus who constitute 70 percent of the Terai population.
2015-09-28

Lucknow-based CSIR-CIMAP won CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development, 2014

CSIR-CIMAP was awarded for enhancing incomes of farm communities through Vetiver based Technological Interventions.
2015-09-28

Mathematician Jacob Tsimerman won 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

Tsimerman is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto. He primarily conducts research in Number Theory.
2015-09-28

Qualcomm Announced Investment of 150 Million US Dollars for Indian Start-Ups

The announcement was made after the company’s executive chairman Paul E Jacobs met the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Digital Economy event in San Jose.
2015-09-28

India’s 1st dedicated satellite for astronomy research ASTROSAT launched

The successful launch of 1513-kg ASTROSAT makes India a member of elite group of nations having their own space observatory after the US, Japan, Russia and Europe.
2015-09-28

Former England Fast Bowler Frank Tyson Died

Between 1954 and 1959, he played only 17 Tests for England, but captured 76 wickets at an average of 18.56.
2015-09-28

Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed died

A member of the Indian National Congress (INC), Syed Ahmed was sworn in as the 16th governor of Manipur on 16 May 2015.
2015-09-28

Hoping Stone Lyngdoh, Meghalaya's oldest & longest serving legislator, passed away

The 86-year-old veteran had been a legislator since the inception of the state, in 1972, till his death.
2015-09-28

World Bank released report entitled Leveraging Urbanisation in South Asia

The report provided original empirical and diagnostic analysis of urbanization and related economic trends in the South Asia region along with remedies to correct the anomalies.
2015-09-28

World Tourism Day observed with theme One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities

The theme wants you to talk Tourism and help to raise awareness of its impact on countries and communities around the world.
2015-09-28

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix title

It was the eighth title in the 2015 season for Hamilton as he won the titles in Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, the UK, Belgium and Italy prior to the present victory.
2015-09-28

Grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong Refugees within 3 months: Supreme Court

Chakma-Hajong refugees came to India after being displayed from the area which became part of East Pakistan (now in Bangladesh) on construction of Kaptai hydro-electric dam in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
2015-09-28

Union Government formed B S Baswan committee to revisit civil services examination pattern

The committee will submit a report on a range of issues related to the examination-eligibility criteria, number of attempts, revision of syllabus, usage of technology, etc.
2015-09-28

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won Ghangzhou Open Women’s Doubles title

It was Sania's seventh title of the 2015 season and sixth with Hingis. She won one trophy with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in Sydney.
2015-09-28

Conference on contemporary relevance of Bhagvad Gita held in United Kingdom

t was organised in collaboration with the Department of the Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
2015-09-26

S K Sharma appointed as Chairman of Bhakra Beas Management Board

Sharma succeeded A B Agrawal, who was Chairman for a period of about five years.
2015-09-26

China successfully launched carrier rocket Long March-11

The Long March 11 launch is the 211th of China’s Long March series.
2015-09-26

Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 to apply on Muslims also: Gujarat High court

The ruling held that the Child Marriage Act is a Special Act and it will override the provisions of Muslim Personal Law, Hindu Marriage Act or any personal law.
2015-09-26

CSI released survey report on prevalence of cardiovascular disease in India

As per the report, more than one-third of Indian adults have hypertension and out of them 60 per cent people are not even aware of their condition.
2015-09-26

Matthias Muller appointed as CEO of Volkswagen Group

He succeeded Martin Winterkorn who resigned following the revelation that the German carmaker manipulated US diesel car emissions tests.
2015-09-26

Shivinder Mohan Singh resigned as executive vice-chairman of Fortis Healthcare Limited

He resigned from the position as he decided to take up full-time sewa at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a philosophical organisation spread over 90 countries worldwide.
2015-09-26

UNICEF unveiled Assembly of Youth digital installation at the UN headquarters in New York

The purpose of the installation is to bring the voices of children and young people from across the world to the heart of the UN General Assembly.
2015-09-26

UNGA adopted Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an agenda for people to end poverty in all its forms. It is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty.
2015-09-26

Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru took charge as Flag Officer Submarines

He succeeded Rear Admiral SV Bokhare.
2015-09-26

Indian tribal woman Permila Tirkey won first discrimination-based Case in United Kingdom

With this, Tirkey will receive compensation of 184000 UK pounds from Ajay and his wife Pooja for making her work 18 hours a day for an hourly rate of 11 pence.
2015-09-25

EU imposed anti-dumping duty on Indian water and sewage pipes for six months

The European Commission in its anti-dumping probe has concluded that the material injury to the Union industry was caused by the dumped imports from India.
2015-09-25

CCI cleared Heidelberg-Italcementi Deal

In July 2015, the German firm had announced plans to buy Italcementi SpA through a transaction worth about 3.7 billion Euros.
2015-09-25

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM): India’s Pride

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on 24 September 2015 successfully completed one year of the mission life around Mars with a large data set acquired by all five payloads of MOM.
2015-09-25

Arvind Panagariya appointed as Sherpa for G-20 Summit

Arvind Panagariya is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University.
2015-09-25

Hajj Stampede killed more than 700 people in Mecca

It is the deadliest accident to occur in the Hajj since the 1990 stampede. This is the second worst incident in 25 years to hit the annual pilgrimage.
2015-09-25

Reserve Bank of India relaxed Change in Ownership Norms of Borrowing Entities

The relaxation will offer more flexibility to banks to bring in a change in ownership of borrowing entities which are under stress due to operational/ managerial inefficiencies.
2015-09-25

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announced 70 million US dollar package to fight domestic violence

In Australia, one in six people have experienced violence from a current or former partner and reportedly, 63 women have lost their lives so far in 2015 due to domestic violence.
2015-09-25

Union Environment Ministry notified Guidelines on Sustainable Sand and Minor Mineral Mining

The policy seeks forward to strike a balance between increasing demand of sand and sustainable sand mining practices. It may help in achieving the goal of sustainable development.
2015-09-25

Forbes released list of India's 100 Richest People

Binny Bansal (32), the co-founder of Flipkart is the youngest entrant while Brijmohan Lall Munjal (92) is the oldest in the list of India's 100 Richest People.
2015-09-25

SEBI fined PACL Limited 7260 crore rupees for illegal raising of funds

The penalty was imposed under Prevention of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices Regulations which provide for severe to severe penalties for dealing with such violations.
2015-09-25

EPFO won Skoch Award for Smart Governance Initiatives

EPFO was also awarded two SKOCH Order-of-Merits, one for launching UAN for EPFO members and another for transformation of Social Security Agenda in India.
2015-09-25

Ministry of External Affairs appointed envoys for Pakistan, China, UK and other countries

Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West) in the Ministry, will be the new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom with effect from November 2015.
2015-09-25

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission issued Notification for Solar PV Net Metering

With the issuance of the notification, solar power can now be harnessed by domestic as well as commercial power consumers.
2015-09-25

Indian film Angry Indian Goddesses voted first runner-up at the 40th Toronto Film Festival

The film Angry Indian Goddesses is a powerful portrayal of new girl power and women empowerment in contemporary Indian society.
2015-09-25

Bombay High Court stayed the implementation of Circular on Sedition

The circular was issued to prevent misuse of Section 124 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with sedition and laid down certain conditions required to be considered for initiating action against a person under it.
2015-09-25

Union Home Minister released a Graphic booklet on Sardar Post

On 9 April 1965, at the Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch, two companies of CRPF stood their ground and repulsed the attack of full-fledged Pakistani Infantry Brigade inflicting heavy casualties.
2015-09-25

West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi got additional charge of Governor of Tripura

According to article 153, there shall be a Governor for each State but the 7th Constitutional Amendment Act 1956 facilitated the appointment of same person as governor for two or more states.
2015-09-25

Marathi-film Court picked as India's Official entry to 88th Oscar Awards by Oscar Selection Jury

The film directed by the first-time director Chaitanya Tamhanhe will represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
2015-09-25

Former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly appointed President of Cricket Association of Bengal

Former CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya's son Abhishek was inducted into CAB as the joint-secretary.
2015-09-25

Government Chawngfiang Middle School won U-14 sub-junior Subroto Cup Football Tournament

In the final held at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi, Government Chawngfiang Middle School defeated Esteqalal School of Afghanistan 3-2.
2015-09-25

MoEF Committee gave environmental clearance for Ramagundam Urea plant

The gas-based plant will have the capacity to produce 1.1 million tonnes of urea per annum. It is expected to be commissioned in 2018-19.
2015-09-24

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail resigned from Oscar Selection Jury

Court directed by debutant Chaitanya Tamhane was selected to officially represent India at the 88th Oscars in 2015 in the Best Foreign Film category.
2015-09-24

Abdul Bari Siddiqui elected Bihar Cricket Association President

BCA elections were held in accordance to a direction of the Apex Court, which had appointed former Patna High Court judge Dharampal Sinha as electoral officer-cum-observer for the polls.
2015-09-24

Heritage Flying Expedition held to commemorate 1965 Indo-Pak war

The expedition commenced on 14 September 2015 from Bathinda and flew all along the Western border from Amritsar (Punjab) to Naliya in Kutch (Gujarat).
2015-09-24

Stuti Narain Kacker appointed Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

Women and Child Development Ministry appointed her as the chief of the child rights panel.
2015-09-24

CCS cleared 8000 crore rupees Integrated Air Command & Control System

Integrated Air Command and Control System worth 8000 crore rupees is an automated command and control system for Air Defence
2015-09-24

Delhi Government approved Slum Policy for in situ rehabilitation of slum dwellers

As per the new policy, the flats constructed under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will be offered at revised rates to registered wait-listed applicants of 1985 Special Registration Scheme.
2015-09-24

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland

During his visit the Prime Minister held discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, who also hosted a Working Lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary.
2015-09-24

Martin Winterkorn resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen

Winterkorn's resignation came following the revelation that the carmaker manipulated US diesel car emissions tests.
2015-09-24

Uninor re-branded as Telenor India

Uninor was launched in 2009 as per the agreement between Unitech Group and Telenor Group.
2015-09-24

NSSO released 68th Round data on Status of Education and Vocational Training in India

18.2 percent of households in rural areas and 5.9 percent in urban areas do not have a single literate member in the age-group 15 years and above.
2015-09-24

Ex-Penguin India publisher Chiki Sarkar launched publishing company Juggernaut

Newly formed publishing firm Juggernaut will publish 50 titles each year starting from April 2016 and they will be distributed and stocked by Hachette India.
2015-09-24

Indian Air Force won 2015 Baba Farid Gold Cup hockey title

IAF defeated the Army XI 2-1 to lift the 24th edition of the championships.
2015-09-24

India-US Ministerial Energy Dialogue 2015 held

Indian delegation was led by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy and US delegation was led by Dr Ernest Moniz, the US Secretary of Energy.
2015-09-24

Haryana Government increased the pension given to World War Soldiers

The pension has been increased from 3000 rupees per month to 4500 rupees per month and will be given to the war-widows and ex-servicemen of World Wars.
2015-09-24

NITI Aayog constituted T Haque Expert Group on Land Leasing

The expert group headed by former Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) chairman T Haque will review the existing agricultural tenancy laws of states, including hilly states and schedule areas.
2015-09-24

Census 2011 data on Households with or without Educational level of matriculation and above released

The released data showed an increase of 10 per cent in number of homes with at least one matriculate than the previous decade.
2015-09-24

UNDP to provide support for Arunachal Vision 2030

The multilateral agency agreed to extend the cooperation to CM’s Mission on Skill Development and Employment Generation in the state.
2015-09-24

Revered monk of the Hindu monastic order Swami Dayanand Saraswati died

He was a renowned traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta and also the founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.
2015-09-24

WADA and China signed MoU on Performance Enhancing Drugs

The World Anti-Doping Agency selected China for partnership as the country became a hub of illegal manufacture and supply of PEDs.
2015-09-24

Joint Statement on the First India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue released

It was the first of its kind dialogue as the element of commerce was added to the bilateral strategic dialogue that is being held annually since 2010.
2015-09-24

Michel Kafando reinstated as president of Burkina Faso

The reinstatement was a result of an agreement reached between the RPS and the national army.
2015-09-24

Baseball legend Yogi Berra died

Yogi Berra, a baseball Hall of Famer and New York Yankees catcher was known for his humorous quotes.
2015-09-24

First India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue held in Washington

The purpose of the dialogue was to ramp up bilateral economic exchange to 500 billion US dollars and enhance regional security.
2015-09-24

Alexis Tsipras sworn in as PM of Greece for second time in 8 months

After nearly eight months into the office, Tsipras called for snap polls as some of the members of the Syriza left the party on the issue of EU-sponsored bailout package.
2015-09-24

Indra Nooyi, Shobhana Bhartia awarded with 2015 Global Leadership Award of USIBC

Apart from them, renowned Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar was awarded with the Artistic Achievement Award.
2015-09-23

Indian Diaspora in the US launched Mission 2022

The Mission 2022 will have a series of dialogues with the Diaspora over the next seven years as India turns 75. These dialogues will be held every six months.
2015-09-23

Union Government released National Health Profile 2015

The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health.
2015-09-23

9th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (RPBD) to be held in Los Angeles

8th Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was held in London, UK in 2014 while the 1st session of the divas was held in New York in 2007.
2015-09-23

Consultative workshop on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban Sector held in New Delhi

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change made a detailed presentation on ‘Environmental Guidelines for Buildings’ containing about 30 parameters.
2015-09-23

Telangana-Chhattisgarh inked Power Supply pact to buy 1000 MW power

The supply pact aims at bridging the demand-supply gap in Telangana, particularly when the demand spikes up during the Rabi crop season and the summer months.
2015-09-23

Odisha Government decided to implement 5 sub-schemes for transgenders

Under the scheme, the transgender day scholar will get 150 rupees and the hostelers will get 350 rupees for 10 months for pre-matric scholarship.
2015-09-23

Haryana Government to develop Gurgaon as Smart City

Haryana government will arrange 500 crore rupees of its own for Gurgaon to make it a smart city.
2015-09-23

Researchers developed SafePay prototype system to prevent mass credit card fraud

This novel technique works by transforming disposable credit card information to electrical current and driving a magnetic card chip to simulate the behavior of a physical magnetic card.
2015-09-23

Union Cabinet approved setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre

ISLRTC will be set up as a national level institute and will be registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
2015-09-23

World Rhino Day observed across the world

In India, the day was observed with all-day awareness programmes at Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park and Laokhowa Burachapori.
2015-09-23

ADB lowered India’s Growth Forecast for 2016 from 7.8% to 7.4%

The report has predicted some upsides that includes fall in inflation levels, fall in import prices of crude oil import, increase in tax revenue and net foreign direct investment inflows.
2015-09-23

CCEA approved 1575 crore rupees road project in Odisha

The project will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase III with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of up to 40 percent of the total project cost.
2015-09-23

CCS cleared multi-billion deals for Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from US

The deal of 37 helicopters comprises of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers from US defence contractor Boeing and it is worth 3.2 billion US dollars.
2015-09-23

Millennium Development Goals: Delhi State Report 2014 released

As per the report, the proportion of people living below the poverty line in Delhi decreased to 9.9 percent in 2011-12 from 15.7 percent registered in 1993-94.
2015-09-23

Union Cabinet approved signing of Joint Declaration of Intent between India and Germany

It was approved with minor amendments in the earlier MoU for facilitating implementation of the programme Indo-German Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education.
2015-09-23

Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai of Odisha won Community Impact Award at Google Science Fair

Lalita developed a low-cost bio-absorbent based water purifier that cleans waste water by flowing through difference layers of corn cobs.
2015-09-23

Cisco’s Executive Chairman John T Chambers elected Chairman of US-India Business Council

John T Chambers succeeded Ajay Banga whose four-year term will end on 31 December 2015. Banga has been the longest-serving chairman of the Council.
2015-09-23

Korea Caravan 2015 organised by Korea-Andhra Pradesh Friendship Forum held in Vishakhapatnam

During this, Andhra Pradesh government announced to create a Korea Desk, which would be an exclusive cell to be opened in the State Secretariat, to facilitate swift clearance for investors.
2015-09-23

OECD released International Migration Outlook 2015

It analysed recent development in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and some non member countries.
2015-09-23

24th Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

Goenka was awarded for his work 'Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan', a critical analysis of the work by Hindi literature's towering giant Munshi Premchand.
2015-09-23

UN Broadband Commission released State of Broadband Report 2015

As per the report, the global broadband growth is slowing down sharply as 4 billion people are still offline.
2015-09-23

Draft of Revised Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme for Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour released

It seeks to address anomalies associated with the original scheme of 1978-low rehabilitation package, lack of provisions for special category beneficiaries, lack of monitoring, etc.
2015-09-23

Zayn Khan elected as President of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India

His appointment was necessitated by the death of R Bharath Raj, who passed away while serving as President on 15 August 2015.
2015-09-23

Two Bills on Reservations to Specially & Economically Backward Classes passed in Rajasthan Assembly

While Specially Backward Classes (SBC) were given 5 percent, Economically Backward Classes (EBC) were given 14 percent reservation.
2015-09-23

PV Chandran elected President of Indian Newspaper Society for 2015-16

Chandran, who represents Grihalakshmi, a Malayalam magazine published by the Mathrubhumi group of publications as a whole-time director, will succeed Kiran B. Vadodaria.
2015-09-23

CANBANK Venture Capital Fund Ltd appointed as implementation agency of EDF Policy

The Electronic Development Fund (EDF) is set up as a Fund of Funds to participate in Daughter Funds which in turn will provide risk capital to companies developing new technologies.
2015-09-22

Game of Thrones won 12 awards at 67th Primetime Emmy Awards

Famous American fantasy drama television series, Game of Thrones, won an unprecedented 12 awards at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.
2015-09-22

Odia Lyricist Nizam Died in Bhubaneswar at 62

Renowned Odia lyricist Nizam was born in Cuttack in 1952.
2015-09-22

MoU for Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme for Disabled Persons Signed

Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme for PwDs will provide comprehensive cover to the beneficiary, spouse and two children.
2015-09-22

Google, Tata Trusts announced the launch of Android Developer Nanodegrees programme

As a part of the Udacity Android Nanodegree program, 1000 scholarships will be offered to deserving students by Google and Tata Trusts.
2015-09-22

Indian Wushu team won 12 medals at Pars International Cup in Tehran

The Indian wushu team secured one gold, four silver and seven bronze medals at the Fifth International Pars Wushu Cup in Tehran.
2015-09-22

Aditya Birla Group announced sale of Australian copper mine for 10.75 million US dollars

Aditya Birla Minerals, a part of Aditya Birla Group, is an Australian based mining company with a focus on copper production and exploration. ABML is also 51% owned by Hindalco Industries Ltd.
2015-09-22

Vikram Pawah appointed as Managing Director of Harley Davidson's India operations

Pawah succeeded Anoop Prakash, who was appointed as the Managing Director of Harley Davidson Canada.
2015-09-22

Rajasthan Assembly passed Rajasthan Vexation Litigation Prevention Bill 2015

With this Rajasthan became the fifth state in India after Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh to pass such legislation.
2015-09-22

Indian Coast Guard commissioned indigenously built vessels Apoorva & C-421

The induction of the vessels is expected to boost maritime security along the Arabian Sea coast.
2015-09-22

Union Government released Draft National Encryption Policy

Its purpose is to encourage use of encryption technologies and products among all sections including the government for more secure communications and financial transactions in the cyber space.
2015-09-22

NASA developing space shotgun as part of its Asteroid Redirect Mission

Asteroid Redirect Mission or ARM is NASA’s first ever robotic mission aimed at redirecting asteroids into a stable orbit around the moon.
2015-09-22

Cow declared as National Animal of Nepal

The declaration was made under the new secular constitution of Nepal unveiled by Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav at Kathmandu.
2015-09-22

Richie Richardson appointed to Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees

Javagal Srinath is the only Indian in the seven member elite panel of the ICC.
2015-09-22

SC issued notice to Telangana Government on omission of 26 castes from state BC list

The notice was issued on the basis of a petition filed by the Setti Balija Youth Association.
2015-09-22

Rehearsal of Chang’e-5 lunar mission conducted in China

It is China’s maiden sample return mission to the moon that is scheduled to be launched in 2017.
2015-09-22

EMI-EMC & NFTR test facilities inaugurated at BEL-Ghaziabad

These facilities will give fillip in developing and manufacturing products of superior performance and reliability with capability to operate in dense electromagnetic environment in the battlefield.
2015-09-22

NASSCOM’s report on Contributions of India’s Tech Industry to the US economy released

The report tries to quantify the positive impact of investments made by Indian Information Technology-Business Process Management companies in the USA.
2015-09-22

British-born author Jackie Collins died

Her first novel The World Is Full of Married Men was published in 1968.
2015-09-22

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan to join UN's High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

The formation of group was announced by the UN Secretary General on 8 August 2014 to formulate recommendations on sustainable transport actionable at global, national, local, and sector levels.
2015-09-21

Urdu scholar Shamim Hanfi awarded with Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award

Shamim Hanfi is best known for his books on criticism like, Ghazal Ka Naya Manzarnama, Jadidiyat ki Falsafiyani Asas and Infiradi Shaoor aur Ijtemai Zindagi
2015-09-21

Four new isotopes discovered by researchers at Manipal University

H. M. Devaraja from the Manipal Centre of Natural Sciences at Manipal University claimed to have discovered four new atomic nuclei in a paper published in the journal Physics Letters B.
2015-09-21

International Day of Peace observed globally

The theme of International Day of Peace for the year 2015 is Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All.
2015-09-21

Ajay Jayaram won Silver Medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament

Jayram is currently ranked 32 in the Men's Singles world ranking.
2015-09-21

Jammu and Kashmir government banned sale of Ambuja cement in state

The initial enquiry found that Ambuja Cements sold cement bags at two different MRP rates in the Jammu and Kashmir region.
2015-09-21

Malayalam playback singer Radhika Thilak died

Radhika Thilak sung around 70 songs for Malayalam films including Guru, Ottayal Pattalam and Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam.
2015-09-21

National Tourism Awards 2013-14 presented

The state of Gujarat was awarded for the Best State/UT for Comprehensive Tourism Development.
2015-09-21

Veteran Leftist Sadhan Gupta died

Gupta was an eminent barrister and Independent India’s first visually challenged person to be elected as an MP.
2015-09-21

Sebastian Vettel won 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One

For Vettel, it was overall fourth victory in Singapore Grand Prix as he had earlier won in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
2015-09-21

Nepal adopted first democratically-framed constitution

The adoption is considered as historic as it puts an end to the 7-year long altercations among political parties about the nature of the Constitution.
2015-09-21

Sania Mirza & Ajinkya Rahane conferred with Cricket Club of India’s honorary life membership

The membership of CCI is a prestigious ownership which is awarded regularly to sportsmen and eminent persons as recognition of their contribution to their respective fields.
2015-09-21

Mariko Kipchumba of Kenya won 2015 Beijing International Marathon

With the present win, forty-one-year-old Kipchumba became the first non-Ethiopian athlete to win the event since 2011.
2015-09-21

India, Laos signed two MoUs to strengthen bilateral ties

The MoUs cover Air Services Agreement to start direct flights between two countries and another agreement for three Quick Impact Projects.
2015-09-21

Alexis Tsipras-led Syriza party won Greece elections

The present victory for Syriza is expected to give another opportunity for Greece to effectively deal with its long standing financial crisis and emigrants influx from Syria.
2015-09-21

P Siva Kumar, CVRDE Director, elevated as Distinguished Scientist

Sivakumar’s elevation was in recognition of his dedication and diligence in self-reliance effort for defence combat vehicle systems including Arjun MBT tanks.
2015-09-21

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away

Dalmiya was involved with the BCCI for more than three decades and had started his journey as its treasurer in 1983 before becoming its secretary.
2015-09-21

Sherif Ismail sworn in as Prime Minister of Egypt

Ismail is expected to be in office till the new government will take charge after the December 2015 elections to the Parliament.
2015-09-21

Renowned Marathi cricket commentator and writer Bal Pandit died

He translated Sunil Gavaskar’s autobiography Sunny Days into Marathi.
2015-09-19

PM Narendra Modi formally launched Integrated Power Development Scheme from Varanasi

The purpose of the scheme is to strengthening power transmission and distribution network in urban areas.
2015-09-19

Japan’s Diet removed restrictions on overseas deployment of Self Defense Forces for military use

The remilitarization bills can be termed as historic as they allow Japan to be militarily pro active after 70 years.
2015-09-19

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare banned sale of Diclofenac in multidose vial for human use

The move is aimed at protecting vultures from extinction.
2015-09-19

Indian Railways developed prototype of Hybrid Vacuum Toilet

It is hybrid because the design is based on both vacuum toilets and biotoilets.
2015-09-19

President & PM of Burkina Faso ousted in a military coup

General Gilbert Diendere was declared as the chief of the newly established National Democratic Council that is set to oversee the governance in the country.
2015-09-19

India, US created Joint Challenge Coin to mark partnership

One side of the coin reads Forward Together We Go and Chale Chale Saath Saath in Hindi, which is the vision statement of US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2015-09-18

Mahesh Rangarajan resigned as Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

He was appointed as the Director of NMML in June 2014 by the then UPA government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
2015-09-18

Uneven Monsoon and its Effects on Indian Economy

The arrival of monsoon and its evenness plays a very crucial role in determining the growth and inflation prospects of the Indian economy in a particular year.
2015-09-18

Union Government presented Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Awards 2013

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has been operating the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Awards since 1965.
2015-09-18

2000-year old Nangchen Stupa with Lord Buddha's relics sent by Emperor Ashoka restored in China

The spiritual head of Drukpa lineage of Buddhism based in Ladakh, consecrated the renovated stupa with all religious rites in Qinghai province of China, located adjacent to Tibet Autonomous Region.
2015-09-18

SC stayed implementation of Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015

The Act notified on 8 September 2015 fixes matriculation as minimum educational qualification for elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
2015-09-18

8th Edition of Global Innovation Index 2015 released

Although India's ranking has slipped further to 81 in the list, compared to 76 in 2014, but it remained at the top of the regional ranking of Central and Southern Asia.
2015-09-18

Hero Cycles acquired Firefox Bikes in all-cash transaction

Hero Cycles acquired 100% stake in Firefox Bikes Pvt. Ltd and it also announced that it will setup a ‘Hero Innovation Centre’ to upgrade its line of cycles.
2015-09-18

Three Gulbarga varsity researchers derived soluble melanin from a micro organism

A team of scientists from Gulbarga University derived the soluble melanin from a new micro organism Tyrosinase from Actino bacterium.
2015-09-18

4th meeting of India-Kuwait Joint Working Group on Hydrocarbons held in New Delhi

Kuwait was the fourth largest oil supplier to India after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Venezuela during 2014-15.
2015-09-18

Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) launched by Union Government

PMKKKY programme is meant for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining related operations, using the funds generated by the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
2015-09-18

Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka released

The report concluded that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by both sides-Sri Lankan Security Agencies and the LTTE-during the last phase of the civil war between 2002 and 2011.
2015-09-18

Pakistan to generate 40000 MW nuclear power as part of Nuclear Energy Vision 2050

The objective of the vision is to supply one-fourth of Pakistan’s total energy requirement as predicted for 2050.
2015-09-18

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights written by Salman Rushdie released

The book can be easily called as an update to Rushdie’s ancient eastern classic, A Thousand and One Nights and the story revolves around the great Spanish-Muslim philosopher Ibn Rushd.
2015-09-18

Report titled Achieving the malaria MDG target released by WHO & UNICEF

The report concluded that the malaria Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to stop and reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 was achieved.
2015-09-18

National Athletic Coach Nikolai Snesarev resigned

Nikolai Snesarev is acknowledged for the rise of India’s two Olympic prospects Lalita Babar in 3000m steeplechase and OP Jaisa in long distance running.
2015-09-18

Disney Researchers invented ways to network VLC devices using IoT technology

To prove this, they successfully experimented with Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs.
2015-09-18

India ranked 22nd in Asian Football Technical Ranking released by AFC

South Korea topped the list among the Asian nations followed by Saudi Arabia and Iran at number 1 and number 3 positions respectively.
2015-09-18

Shivnarine Chanderpaul received Icon Award by the Indo-Caribbean Alliance

Chanderpaul received the award in New York along with three others, namely television personality Lakshmee Singh, New York City council member Eric Ulrich and businessman Dave Kadernauth.
2015-09-18

Expert Group on tackling cyber crimes submitted its report to Ministry of Home Affairs

The committee advised the government to set up Indian cyber crime coordination centre or I4C monitor, analyze and counter cyber crimes.
2015-09-18

Madhya Pradesh Government launched M-Shiksha-Mitra mobile app for teachers

Teachers can use Shiksha-Mitra mobile app to browse salary slip, funds sent to school under various heads, scholarships, different circulars and GPF statement easily.
2015-09-18

Union Finance Ministry launched NXT DIGITAL-Headend In The Sky platform

This Hinduja-Hits Network will serve Multi System Operators (MSOs) as well as Local Cable Operators (LCOs).
2015-09-17

Sun Pharma entered into an agreement to acquire InSite Vision

Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd entered into a deal to acquire US-based InSite Vision Inc. for about 300 crore rupees.
2015-09-17

EPFO increased maximum insurance cover to 6 lakh rupees

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation increased the life insurance cover of its subscribers from 3.6 lakh to 6 lakh rupees.
2015-09-17

Blackstone Group LP acquired UK’s Serco Group Plc

The acquisition worth 2558 crore rupees is the largest deal by Blackstone in India in terms of enterprise value. The deal also marked the re-entry of the PE firm in the BPO business.
2015-09-17

Union Government banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland- Khaplang for 5 years

NSCN-K was banned following due legal process as it had unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the Union government.
2015-09-17

Hangzhou City of China chosen to host 2022 Asian Games

The OCA made the decision at its 34th Congress meeting in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.
2015-09-17

Nana Patekar established Naam Foundation to fund drought relief for farmers

The 'Naam Foundation', a brain child of Nana Patekar and fellow Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure has been set up for donating money to drought affected farmers.
2015-09-17

NGT passed directions to prevent pollution of Yamuna River

Idols made of bio-degradable material (not with plastic or plaster of Paris) and carrying environment-friendly colours will be allowed for immersion.
2015-09-17

Nepal's Parliament approved the New Constitution

Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Nemwang announced the charter was passed by a 507-25 vote in the 601-seat Assembly after the voting.
2015-09-17

Godavari, Krishna Rivers formally linked at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry village in Andhra Pradesh

The two rivers were linked under the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme on Godavari River at Pattisam village in West Godavari district.
2015-09-17

India, Cambodia signed two MoUs on Tourism & Mekong Ganga Cooperation Initiative

The MoUs were signed in the presence of Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari who is on a three-day visit to Cambodia on the invitation of its Prime Minister Hun Sen.
2015-09-17

5 cities officially named as candidates to host 2024 Summer Olympics

Out of the five cities, Los Angeles and Paris has hosted the games twice. Los Angeles hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 while Paris hosted the 1900 and 1924 Olympics.
2015-09-17

Apus Group tied-up with mobile advertising network InMobi

With this tie-up, Bengaluru-based InMobi will share its expertise to help Apus establish a larger footprint in India.
2015-09-17

Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi awarded with 2015 Nansen Refugee Award by UNHCR

Aqeela Asifi was awarded for her brave and tireless dedication to education for Afghan refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali, Pakistan.
2015-09-17

India Cements won Moin-ud Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament 2015-16

India Cements defeated Hyderabad XI to win its third title.
2015-09-17

Pivot to Asia doctrine & China’s South China Sea activism shaping the meeting between Xi and Obama

The Pivot to Asia doctrine refers to the policy of the US administration for more enhanced and pro-active engagement with the Asia Pacific region.
2015-09-17

RBI granted In-principle Approval to 10 Applicants for Small Finance Banks

The in-principle approval granted will be valid for 18 months to enable the applicants to comply with the requirements under the Guidelines and fulfill other conditions as may be stipulated by the RBI.
2015-09-17

International Day of Democracy observed with the theme Space for Civil Society

It was created by the UN General Assembly through a resolution in 2007 to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy.
2015-09-17

Shot putter Manpreet Kaur shattered 18-year-old national record

Patiala-based shot putter broke the record of Harbans Kaur of 17.43 metres that came in 1997 by throwing 17.96 metres in her second attempt to claim the gold medal, a hat-trick of titles at the National Open.
2015-09-17

Indian-American Swetha Prabakaran chosen for Champions of Change Award in US

Prabhakaran, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, founded a non-profit organisation Everybody Code Now!.
2015-09-16

21st International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer observed across the world

The theme and the slogan for the year 2015 are 30 Years of Healing the Ozone Together and Ozone: All there is between you and UV respectively.
2015-09-16

British-Indian Sunjeev Sahota shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2015

Sahota is among the six novelists short-listed for the award. The winner of the prize will be announced on 13 October 2015.
2015-09-16

Union Cabinet approved Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission for overall development of rural areas

The Mission approved with an outlay of 5142.08 crore rupees aims to create 300 Rurban growth clusters over the next 3 years, across the country.
2015-09-16

Only Marathi-speaking people to get autorickshaw permit in the state: Maharashtra Government

For availing the auto-rickshaw permit, the applicant must speak Marathi and should have a domicile certificate to show that he has been a resident of the state for the past 15 years.
2015-09-16

Delhi government approved Victim Compensation Scheme

The scheme was approved with enhanced upper limit of compensation to rape victims to 5 lakh rupees from existing 3 lakh rupees and to the victims of acid attack to 7 lakh rupees from 3 lakh rupees.
2015-09-16

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina won the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award 2015

Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated leadership in making climate change an issue of national priority and advocating for an ambitious global response.
2015-09-16

World's longest Continental Volcanic Chain discovered in Australia

The findings were published in the journal Nature on 14 September 2015 with the title Lithospheric controls on magma composition along Earth’s longest continental hotspot track.
2015-09-16

Shauryanjali Exhibition on 1965 Indo-Pak War inaugurated

The exhibition celebrates the victory of India over Pakistan and remembers the supreme sacrifice of Indian soldiers.
2015-09-16

India, Sri Lanka exchanged four agreements to ensure peace and stability in the region

These agreements were exchanged during the visit of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe to India from 14 September to 16 September 2015.
2015-09-16

Hungary declared emergency in areas near Serbian border to check Migrant crisis

The declaration of emergency is part of the refugee crisis which the European Union (EU) nations has been facing from Africa especially Syria.
2015-09-16

Indian-Origin Lawmakers Seema Malhotra, Lisa Nandy appointed to Shadow Cabinet in UK

Malhotra was appointed as the shadow chief secretary for Treasury, while Nandy was appointed as shadow secretary for energy and climate change.
2015-09-16

Pentagon established first-ever country special cell IRRC to speed up defence ties with India

With this, India became the only country to have a specific cell of its kind inside the Pentagon. IRRC will be headed by Keith Webster.
2015-09-16

American Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr announced retirement after defeating Andre Berto

The present win was his 49th overall and he never lost a game since his first match in 1996.
2015-09-16

National Geographic selected for UNEP Champions of the Earth award in Science & Innovation category

National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.
2015-09-16

Natura Brasil selected for 2015 UNEP Champions of the Earth award in entrepreneurial vision category

Natura is a Brazilian brand leader in cosmetics, fragrances and personal care in the direct selling model.
2015-09-16

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan became first PIO to be elected as mayor of Bonn in Germany

He was born in Bonn in 1965 to an Indian Diplomat and German mother.
2015-09-16

Tambul Leaf Plates conferred with SEED Special Recognition Award

The onetime special award was presented to the Indian based organisation to mark the 10th anniversary of the annual SEED Awards.
2015-09-16

MP government constituted one-member commission to probe Petlawad explosion incident

The commission will be chaired by retired High Court judge Justice Aryendra Kumar Saxena. The commission has been asked to submit its report in 3 months.
2015-09-16

Renowned Classical dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama died

She was regarded as a doyen of Mohiniyattam and was well-known for her experimental reforms in this classical dance form.
2015-09-16

Narsingh Pancham Yadav won bronze at 2015 World Wrestling Championships

Narsingh’s win confirmed quota place for India in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2015-09-16

Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader of Labour Party in UK

The election of Corbyn assumes significance to the UK politics in specific and the EU in general as he is long known for his radical left-wing leanings.
2015-09-16

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as 29th Prime Minister of Australia

Malcolm was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015.
2015-09-15

RBI, Nepal Rastra Bank signed MoU for Exchange of Supervisory Information

The RBI has so far entered into MoU with supervisors of 27 countries and Letter for Supervisory Co-operation and Statement of Co-operation with supervisors of one country each.
2015-09-15

Sports Ministry recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation as Regional Sports Federation

This recognition grants a major role to the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) in promoting and developing Kalarippayattu sport in India.
2015-09-15

Report titled Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms released

Gujarat took the top position in a list that ranked states on the ease of doing business.
2015-09-15

We Care Solar won $1 million ‘Powering the Future We Want’ grant of the United Nations

We Care Solar provide renewable energy at low cost with a medical device that prevents maternal and child complications during labour in areas without electricity.
2015-09-15

QS World University Rankings 2015-16 released; IISc-B & IIT-D figured in top 200

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the USA was adjudged as the top university in the world for the record fourth time.
2015-09-15

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Dethroned in an Internal Party Leadership Ballot

In the ballot, Abbott received 44 votes while Turnbull received 54 votes.
2015-09-15

UN adopted Resolution proclaiming 9 December as International Genocide Commemoration Day

UNGA decided to proclaim 9 December as International Genocide Commemoration Day because the day marks anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention.
2015-09-15

UNGA adopted Document on Advancing Security Council Reforms

The proposal which was adopted for the first time in 23 years has been welcomed by India and G4 group comprising of Brazil, Germany, Japan and India and L.69 Group of Developing Countries.
2015-09-15

SC sought Centre's response on States' petition against ban on publication of CM photos in Govt. Ads

State Governments contended that the May 2015 directive of the court is against the federal structure of governance enshrined in the Constitution.
2015-09-15

India-Maldives joint military training Exercise EKUVERIN 2015 held in Kerala

It was the sixth edition of the bilateral annual exercise started in 2009 in Belgaum, Karnataka.
2015-09-15

Nepal Constituent Assembly rejected proposal for Hindu nation in favour of secularism

The erstwhile Hindu state, Nepal was declared a secular state in 2007 after the success of the People's Movement of 2006 and end of monarchy in the country.
2015-09-15

Meeting of Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) on Climate Change held in New Delhi

The objective of the meeting was to exchange and harmonise views on the negotiating text for the COP-21 of the UNFCC.
2015-09-15

Union Government formed Mihir Shah Committee on restructuring water agencies

The committee will suggest ways on restructuring the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).
2015-09-15

Government to provide additional 50 days work to farmers under MGNREGA in drought-hit areas

The additional days will be provided to bring relief to farmers in view of deficit monsoon in various parts of the country.
2015-09-15

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Frank D Gilroy died

In 1965, he won prestigious Pulitzer Prize for theatrical adaptation of his play The Subject Was Roses.
2015-09-15

Hormusji N Cama elected as Chairman of Press Trust of India

Apart from him, Riyad Mathew was unanimously elected as the Vice Chairman of the PTI. He is the Director of Malayala Manorama and is a Senior Assistant Editor of the Malayala Manorama.
2015-09-14

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalitha announced to set up Tamil Nadu Fibernet Corporation

The Corporation will be established at an estimated cost of 3000 crore rupees and will oversee the linkage of 12524 villages in the state through optical fibre.
2015-09-14

Mount Aso, the largest volcano of Japan erupted

Since 2014, the volcanic activity in Japan has intensified, especially after the eruption of the Mount Ontake in central Japan.
2015-09-14

DMRC to execute 6769 crore rupees worth Vijayawada Metro Rail Project

The state government also gave in principal approval to the DMRC for the execution of the Vishakhapatnam Metro Rail Project.
2015-09-14

Ruling People’s Action Party won Singapore general elections for record 12th time

In the elections to the unicameral legislature, while the PAP won 83 seats, the opposition Worker’s Party ended up with just six seats, one less than it held in the outgoing parliament.
2015-09-14

Hindi Divas observed on 14 September across India

The day was observed to promote the Matra Bhasha – the mother tongue of India and show its importance as a language in the country and the world at large.
2015-09-14

Indian-Australian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise AUSINDEX-15 started

The maritime exercise seeks to strengthen defence co-operation between India and Australia as envisaged in the Framework for Security Co-operation announced in 2014.
2015-09-14

Indian Railways partnered with Google to provide free Wi-Fi services under Project Nilgiri

Under this initiative, free Wi-Fi services will be provided to passengers in 400 railway stations across the country.
2015-09-14

Germany introduced border controls along Austrian border to check migrant influx from Syria

The controls along the borders imply that its temporary exit from the Schengen Agreement that facilitates unhindered movement of people within the EU region.
2015-09-14

DGs of BSF and Pakistan Rangers held Bi-annual talks in New Delhi

The seed of Bi-annual talks between the officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers was sown during the Home Secretary Level Talks held at Islamabad, Pakistan in May 1989.
2015-09-14

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won 2015 US Open Women's Doubles title

For Sania-Hingis duo, the title was the second Grand Slam in a row as they won their maiden title in July 2015 at the Wimbledon in England.
2015-09-14

10th World Hindi Conference held in Bhopal

It was the third conference to be held in India. The two earlier conferences were held in Nagpur (1975) and New Delhi (1985).
2015-09-14

Dr G Satheesh Reddy conferred with Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Medal

Dr Reddy was conferred with this medal in recognition of his contributions as one of the leading navigation and avionics experts of the Indian Defense research establishment.
2015-09-14

SpiceJet became first-ever airline to make night landing at Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar Airport

The flight commanded by Capt. Gurcharan Arora and Capt. Ranbir Singh paves the way for similar flight movements after sunset.
2015-09-14

Flavia Pennetta won 2015 US Open Women’s Singles title

With this victory, Pennetta became the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors.
2015-09-14

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win 2015 US Open Men’s Singles title

For Djokovic, it was a second US Open singles title and a 10th Grand Slam singles title.
2015-09-14

Union Government approved the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from Israel

This 400 million US dollars proposal for buying armed missile-armed drones from Israel will enhance India's cross-border military strike capability.
2015-09-12

Leander Paes, Martina Hingis won US Open Mixed Doubles Title 2015

This fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated unseeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in finals.
2015-09-12

Rakesh Sharma appointed as MD and CEO of Canara Bank

Prior to this appointment, Sharma was the MD and CEO of Lakshmi Vilas Bank since March 2014.
2015-09-12

CarDekho acquired Auto portal Zigwheels

The combined entity of CarDekho, Gaadi.com and Zigwheels will compete with the likes of Cartrade.com and Carwale.com.
2015-09-12

Prof Kumkum Dhar appointed as Vice Chancellor of Bhatkhande Music Institute

Dhar succeeded the incumbent Vice Chancellor Prof Shruti Sadolikar Katkar, who was on extension.
2015-09-12

Hollywood Actor John P Connell died

He was best known as the star of the daytime TV drama Young Dr Malone.
2015-09-12

Experts discovered existence of thriving port town in Thanjavur district in Sangam Era

The findings were based on the results unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Mandripattinam fishing hamlet in Thanjavur district.
2015-09-11

Management of minority educational institution cannot exploit its employees: Allahabad HC

As per the Court, the management violated the UP Intermediate Education Act, 1921.
2015-09-11

Rajasthan first state to submit Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission (AMRUT)

AMRUT targets universal coverage in respect of water supply connections, sewerage connections and urban transport to all urban households in the state.
2015-09-11

UNGA adopted Resolution on Raising of Flags by Non-Member Observer States

Adoption of the Resolution allows State of Palestine and the Vatican to raise their flags outside of UN Headquarters and UN offices.
2015-09-11

Dr Reddy's Laboratories signed pact with US Firm PanTheryx

Dr Reddy's will market the DiaResQ product in India and Nepal under the Reliqua brand.
2015-09-11

Virat Kohli became co-owner of IPTL’s franchise UAE Royals

Federer in the inaugural season of IPTL played for the Indian Aces team but this time he will be featuring for the UAE Royals.
2015-09-11

Global Investors Meet 2015 held in Tamil Nadu

The first-of-its-kind investor’s summit in Tamil Nadu was aimed at targeting investment commitment of 1 lakh crore rupees.
2015-09-11

Union HRD Ministry launched National Web Portal for Apprenticeship Training

The Union Ministry also released a Logo and a Slogan Sashakt Yuva, Samarth Bharat for the National Web Portal.
2015-09-11

Indian-American Jagdeep Grewal Sworn-in as First Female Postmaster of Sacramento

Jagdeep Grewal, a graduate from Punjab University, became the first female postmaster of Sacramento in 166 years.
2015-09-11

Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a TB-free India launched

According to the World Health Organization Global TB Report 2014, 240000 Indians die of TB each year and 61000 suffer from multidrug-resistant TB.
2015-09-11

Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R Iyer died

He was instrumental in drafting India’s first National Water Policy in 1987.
2015-09-11

Former Member of Parliament Balkrishna Wasnik died

He had represented two constituencies of Vidarbha in Parliament namely Bhandara (in 1957 and 1962) and Buldhana (1980).
2015-09-11

INS Vajrakosh commissioned by Defence Ministry at Karwar

INS Vajrakosh will be the biggest missiles, ammunition and spares dump on the Western Sea Board. It will be base that will equip all warships and airplanes.
2015-09-10

India, Indonesia signed pact to cooperate on criminal matters

In this regard, Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued an official gazette notification for service or execution of summons or warrant in relation to criminal matters in both countries.
2015-09-10

Acclaimed writer Jhumpa Lahiri awarded with 2014 National Humanities Medal by White House

The medal was conferred onto her by President Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House.
2015-09-10

DGFT launched online certificate programme Niryat Bandhu@Your Desktop

The DGFT collaborated with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) to launch this innovative online programme for exporters and entrepreneurs.
2015-09-10

Union Government approved 6% hike in DA for Central Government employees

The increment was made in accordance to the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.
2015-09-10

SunEdison Inc, Tamil Nadu Government signed MoU to develop 2-GW projects

The company will invest 12000 crore-14000 crore rupees in the next five years for setting up the projects.
2015-09-10

Abitha Mary Manuel and Anamika Das bagged bronze medals in 2015 CYG

Manuel won the medal in girls 800m race, while Das won it in shot put event on the third and final day of athletics competitions.
2015-09-10

World Suicide Prevention Day observed with theme Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives

The 2015 theme, Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives, encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.
2015-09-10

J Manjula appointed as Director-General of Electronics and Communication Systems cluster of DRDO

She had a brief stint in Electronics Corporation of India Ltd before joining DRDO in 1987.
2015-09-10

Union cabinet approved guidelines for spectrum trading between service providers

The new guidelines are expected to result in the improvement of the quality of services and addressing the issue of call drops
2015-09-10

Union Cabinet approved India’s Preferential Treatment to LDCs in Trade in Services in the WTO

Under the WTO norms, Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) is allowed to increase trading opportunities for LDCs.
2015-09-10

Telangana Language Day observed to commemorate birth anniversary of Kaloji Narayana Rao

Telangana Government on 7 September 2015 decided to observe poet Kaloji Narayana Rao’s 100th birth anniversary as Telangana language Day.
2015-09-10

Anupam Kher conferred with Honoured Guest of Texas award

Houston Mayor Annise Parker in a proclamation declared 7 August as Anupam Kher Day. The day was declared for Kher’s commitment for providing quality entertainment to the community.
2015-09-10

Union Cabinet approved National Offshore Wind Energy Policy 2015

The focus of the policy is to harness offshore wind energy potential in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
2015-09-10

Levels & Trends in Child Mortality Report 2015 released

In India, U5MR declined from 126 in 1990 to 48 in 2015 against the UN Millennium Development Goal of 42.
2015-09-10

Seven Indians featured in the Forbes Asia's list of philanthropists

Indian’s who feature in the list are Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekani, SD Shibulal, Rohan, Sunny Varkey, Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan.
2015-09-10

Union Cabinet approved 100 percent FDI in white label ATMs through automatic route

White label ATMs are those that are being set up by non-bank entities.
2015-09-10

President conferred Gandhi Peace Prize on ISRO

ISRO’s Chairman AS Kiran Kumar received the award on behalf of the organisation. It was awarded for its contribution in development of space technology and satellite-based services in India.
2015-09-10

Election Commission of India announced election dates for Bihar Assembly polls

The election to be held in 5 phases will start from 12 October 2015 and counting will start from 8 November 2015.
2015-09-10

Union Cabinet gave nod to transfer regulatory authority on potable alcohol to states

It will ensure that industries engaged in manufacturing alcohol meant for Potable purposes shall be under the total and exclusive control of States in all respects.
2015-09-10

CCI imposed penalty on Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation for Contravening Competition Law

The decision came following Informant M/s Crown Theatre's allegations of anti-competitive conduct by KFEF in not allowing screening of Malayalam and Tamil films in its theatre since May 2013.
2015-09-09

Union Government inaugurated New production facility for producing prosthetic systems

The facility was launched under the Make In India initiative with an estimated cost of 6 Crores rupees.
2015-09-09

Pakistan SC ordered adoption of Urdu as official language

The Court also ruled that under the 1973 Constitution it is must to adopt Urdu as official language. It also ordered that there should be no delay in implementation of Article 251 of the Constitution.
2015-09-09

Agriculture expert Ramesh Chand appointed as a full time member Niti Aayog

He is also a member of a task force on agriculture development under Niti Aayog which is formulating strategies to give a boost to the agriculture sector.
2015-09-09

Jharkhand Government approved the formation of Anti-Terrorism Squad in State

The ATS will be headed by an official of the rank of Superintendent of Police and will have six DSP and 11 Inspectors in it.
2015-09-09

Tamil Nadu Government launched Amma baby care Kit Scheme

Under the Amma Baby Care Kit scheme, the state government will provide accessories for the newborn and its mother.
2015-09-09

Haryana banned manufacture, storage, sale of gutka, pan masala in the state

The Food and Drugs Administration has issued notification in this regard. The notice prohibits the sale and purchase of tobacco products for one year starting from 3 September 2015.
2015-09-09

Union Cabinet approved constitution of 21st Law Commission of India

It will be functional for a period of three years between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2018.
2015-09-09

BSE has highest number of listed companies in the world: WFE

By the end of June 2015, a total number of 5689 companies were listed with the BSE.
2015-09-09

Union Cabinet approved introduction of Gold Monetization Schemes

Under this initiative, revamped Gold Deposit Scheme (GDS) and the Gold Metal Loan (GML) Scheme will be implemented by the Union Government.
2015-09-09

Queen Elizabeth II became longest-reigning UK monarch

She passed the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria on 9 September 2015 who ruled for 63 years between 1837 and 1901.
2015-09-09

Union Cabinet approved Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme to reduce dependence on physical gold

It is aimed at shifting part of the estimated 300 tons of physical bars and coins purchased every year for investment into Demat gold bonds.
2015-09-09

Fallout of slowdown in Chinese economy

The article analyses reasons for recent crash in Chinese markets and its potential impact on the global economy with special reference to India.
2015-09-09

Weightlifter Deepak Lather won Gold in 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games

Indian athletes have clinched three gold medals and a silver medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games at Apia, Samoa.
2015-09-09

7th session of India-Belarus Intergovernmental Commission held in Minsk

During the session, both the countries agreed to enhance the trade to 1 billion US dollars by 2018 from the present level of 400 million US dollars.
2015-09-09

Andhra Pradesh Government launched e-Pragati project to provide Integrated One Governance

The project is envisaged to be implemented in three phase and set for completion by December 2017.
2015-09-08

Himachal Pradesh organised organic fair and food festival to boost organic farming

The fair was organised with an aim to popularise organic farming in the state where 90 percent of the population is residing in rural areas and 79 percent families are dependent on agriculture.
2015-09-08

Arun Jaitley launched digital version of Mahatma Gandhi's collected work

The works of Mahatma Gandhi compiled by a team of Scholars includes historic speeches of Gandhi and also provide varied, numerous and logical profiles of Gandhi’s life and thought, action and engagements.
2015-09-08

First-ever Census on India’s Leopard presented

The team shows availability of around 7910 of leopards across India, except the northeastern region of India. The figure excludes the northeastern region of India.
2015-09-08

MCX Ltd, IamSMEofIndia signed MoU to unveil benefits of Commodity Price Risk Management

The MoU is aimed at creating awareness among Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSMEs) on the benefits of commodity price risk management.
2015-09-08

WEF released The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015

As per the report, sustained strong growth has lifted many out of absolute poverty in India but improvements in living standards have not kept pace with the GDP growth.
2015-09-08

BSNL to upgrade Broadband speed to minimum 2 Mbps at no additional cost

BSNL launched the Broadband services over its landline in India in 2005 with speed of 256kbps and above over the state of art MPLS based IP infrastructure in urban as well as rural areas.
2015-09-08

Haryana Assembly passed Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015

With this, Haryana became the second state after Rajasthan to fix educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting Panchayat elections.
2015-09-08

Doha Bank tied up with Reliance ADA Group to generate business opportunities

The MoU is envisaged to provide tangible business opportunities and further prospects for expansion for Doha Bank and Reliance Group.
2015-09-08

UNEP released Global Waste Management Outlook

It was a first of its kind report on waste management at the global level.
2015-09-08

Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit of South Africa selected for 2015 UNEP Champions of the Earth award

The award will be conferred during the Sustainable Development Goals summit that is scheduled to be held on 27 September 2015 in New York.
2015-09-08

Brij Raj Sharma appointed as Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir

Sharma succeeded Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, who chose to seek voluntary retirement (VRS) three months prior to his superannuation.
2015-09-08

Anirban Lahiri became first Indian golfer to qualify for Presidents Cup

The championship is scheduled to be held at Incheon in South Korea between 2 October and 4 October 2015.
2015-09-08

North, South Korea agreed to resume family reunions

The resumed reunions will take place between 20 October and 26 October 2015 in North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort.
2015-09-08

Maharashtra government to abolish LBT on petrol and diesel within 15 days

The decision was taken to end the disparity between fuel dealers and other traders. Abolishing LBT will cost the government exchequer 280 crore rupees.
2015-09-08

International Literacy Day 2015 celebrated across the world

The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies.
2015-09-08

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated extension of Delhi Metro Line till Faridabad

The total cost of the project from Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar was to the tune of 2500 crore rupees and it comprises of nine stations.
2015-09-07

Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Temple renovated under India-Nepal Economic programme inaugurated

Shree Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Temple is located is a historic structure said to be more than 900 years old, having great socio-cultural relevance in the life of the people of the Dolpa district.
2015-09-07

Puducherry government announced annual Teacher's Day awards

The awards were given to encourage the teaching community and also to recognise their professional competence and achievement in the field of education at various levels.
2015-09-07

Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Council rejected the draft of the new constitution

The 247-member National Reform Council rejected the draft charter by 135 votes to 105, with seven abstentions. Its passage would have helped Thailand to see its 20th constitution in 83 years.
2015-09-07

Indian boxer Vikas won silver medal in 75 kg category at 2015 Asian Boxing Championships

With Vikas' silver, India finished their campaign at the Asia Boxing Championships held at Bangkok with one silver and three bronze medals.
2015-09-07

G20 launched W20 to enhance role of women in business

It is in addition to the existing official engagement groups of the G20-B20 (Business20), C20 (Civil society20), L20 (Labour20), T20 (Think20) and Y20 (Youth20).
2015-09-07

Music Composer Aadesh Shrivastava died

Aadesh Shrivastava was a music composer and singer of Indian music. Over the course of his career, he had composed music for over 100 Hindi films.
2015-09-07

G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meet held in Turkey

The meeting reviewed the issues pertaining to current global economy including devaluation of Chinese currency (Yuan) and likely impact of change in interest rates by the Federal Reserve of the USA.
2015-09-07

Teacher’s Day celebrated across India on birth anniversary of Dr S Radhakrishnan

To mark the occasion, the president of India Pranab Mukherjee presented National Awards to meritorious teachers and launched Delhi government’s Be A Teacher programme.
2015-09-07

Union Government announced One Rank One Pension scheme for ex-servicemen

OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, regardless of their date of retirement.
2015-09-07

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won 2015 Italian Grand Prix of Formula 1

Hamilton won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 40 wins.
2015-09-07

Shane Watson retired from Test cricket

34-year-old Watson's 10-year Test career came to an end at the Ashes opener at Cardiff, which England won by 169 runs.
2015-09-07

To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story by Jairam Ramesh

The book deals with fast-paced changes in the economic sector introduced by the duo P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh in 1991.
2015-09-07

Commemorative coins of Rs 125, Rs 10 released in honour of former President S Radhakrishna

Modi released the coins at a function of his interaction with the central school students at Zorawar hall, Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi.
2015-09-04

Marvan Atapattu resigned as Head Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket team

He resigned just two-days after the team’s Test series loss to India at home. The series loss was their first to India on home soil since 1993.
2015-09-04

Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed Andhra Pradesh Special Courts Bill, 2015

The Bill will enable the State to recover wealth amassed by the corrupt public servants through exploitation of public property or in a benami manner.
2015-09-04

J&K High Court ordered CBI probe into multi-crore JKCA scam

The court asked the CBI to take the investigation in hand from the special investigation team of police and bring the same to a logical conclusion as expeditiously as possible, preferably within six months.
2015-09-04

Haryana bagged Skoch Order-of-Merit National award for implementing e-governance initiatives

Skoch Digital Inclusion Award is an initiative to recognise the e-Governance initiatives of the Central Government, State, Local Governments and others.
2015-09-04

NASA and ISRO jointly working on NISAR mission

NISAR satellite will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequency optimized for studying hazards and global environmental change.
2015-09-04

SEBI notified SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015

The Listing Regulations have been sub-divided into two parts (a) substantive provisions incorporated in the main body of Regulations; (b) procedural requirements in the form of Schedules to the Regulations.
2015-09-04

Beach resort of Bodrum, Turkey; Witness to Syrian refugee crisis

Bodrum is a port city and beach resort in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey.
2015-09-04

Union Government cancelled FCRA registration of NGO Greenpeace

In an affidavit submitted to Delhi High Court, the Union Home Ministry said Greenpeace violated FCRA by mixing its foreign and domestic contributions.
2015-09-04

Treat Group A officers of paramilitary forces as organised services: Delhi HC

By virtue of being part of the Organised Group A officers, they will be entitled to get many additional benefits including financial benefits like Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) from 2006.
2015-09-04

R Sampanthan became first tamilian to lead opposition in Sri Lankan parliament in 32 years

While R Sampanthan is the second tamilian to hold the position, A Amirthallingam was the leader of the opposition between 1977 and 1983.
2015-09-04

Vinod Dasari appointed as President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers

Arvind Saxena, President of General Motors India, was elected as the Vice-President of the organisation.
2015-09-04

11th Session of India-United Arab Emirates Joint Commission meet concluded

UAE is the sixth largest source of our oil imports and hosts a 2.6 million-strong Indian Community.
2015-09-04

China held victory day parade to commemorate WW-II victory over Japan

It was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Japan during the WW-II in 1945.
2015-09-04

Llyod's City Risk Index 2015-2025 released

The Index is the first of its kind as it quantified the expected loss to cities’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from various natural and manmade threats.
2015-09-04

Maharashtra government approved ordinance to amend MPDA Act, 1981

The ordinance would be issued to amend the act and include sand smuggling as well as smugglers in the section II of the act.
2015-09-04

InSPA, global alliance of 107 sunshine countries to be launched in New Delhi

The members include those countries that are located between tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn that receive high sunshine round the year.
2015-09-04

HIV prevention drug PrEP showed positive results

PrEP is a treatment for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it.
2015-09-03

Union Government launched Indian Wind Resource Atlas as an online GIS tool

The Atlas will help policy makers at Centre and State Governments to deal with issues related to tariff fixation, transmission, grade frequency, etc.
2015-09-03

Over 3 Trillion trees currently thrive on Earth: Study

The study was published in the journal Nature on 2 September 2015 with a title Mapping tree density at a global scale. The study was conceived by TW Crowther and HB Glick.
2015-09-03

Second Australia-India Defence Minister’s dialogue concluded in New Delhi

The meet was followed by a delegation level talk to discuss issues of shared strategic interest and the current state of the bilateral defence relationship between the two countries.
2015-09-03

Russia rejected French proposal to limit veto power of UNSC’s permanent members

Veto power at UNSC relates to the five permanent members also known as the Permanent Five, Big Five, or P5. These are Britain, China, France, Russia and United States.
2015-09-03

Canada entered first technical recession in six years

Technical recession means negative economic growth by a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for two consecutive quarters and Canada entered it for the first time in six years.
2015-09-03

Book titled Globalisation, Democratization and Distributive Justice presented to Hamid Ansari

The book says that recent steps taken on economic and fiscal side can work as a catalyst to development agenda which was boosted through Employment Guarantee Act, Right to Education Act and Food Security Act.
2015-09-03

NASA and USAID launched SERVIR-Mekong to monitor environment in Southeast Asia

SERVIR-Mekong will serve the countries of the Mekong River Basin: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
2015-09-03

Forward Markets Commission to be merged with SEBI with effect from 28 Sept 2015

For this purpose, the government repealed the Forward Contracts Regulation Act (FCRA) 1952 and made a way to shift the Regulation of Commodity Derivatives Market to SEBI under Securities Contracts Regulation Act (SCRA) 1956.
2015-09-03

A commemorative plaque joined Tree of Peace and Unity to mark end of WW-II

The Tree of Peace and Unity was planted in 2014 at the UN headquarters to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the WW-II in Europe.
2015-09-03

PHDCCI launched Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation Centre for MSMEs in Lucknow

The primary objective of the centre is to enable MSMEs from Uttar Pradesh in understanding, Identifying & using Intellectual Property for Competitive Advantage.
2015-09-03

Bazmi Husain appointed as Chief Technology Officer of ABB India Ltd

As a CTO, he will report to ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and will begin work as CTO with effect from 1 January 2016.
2015-09-03

4th India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks for the 11th Five Year Plan held in New Delhi

Annual Development Cooperation Talks are the umbrella mechanism for discussing Government of India’s bilateral developmental assistance to Bhutan.
2015-09-03

Logo for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games scrapped amid plagiarism accusation

Belgian designer Olivier Debie claimed that the design was similar to his 2013 logo for the Theatre de Liege.
2015-09-03

Low-cost device to monitor air quality unveiled by UNEP in Nairobi

It is a low-cost device as it is expected to cost up to 100 times less than existing solutions.
2015-09-03

IGAD-PLus brokered Peace Agreement came into effect in South Sudan

IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
2015-09-03

Railway Ministry launched three IT Initiatives developed by CRIS

CRIS has developed a paperless Unreserved Ticketing feature in Mobile Application utsonmobile both for Android and Windows platforms.
2015-09-02

India partnered with UN's Better Than Cash Alliance to speed up PMJDY Programme

By joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Indian Government will have a research, technical, and policy partner as it continues to create a digital financial economy.
2015-09-02

India won UNESCO's Award of Excellence 2015 for conserving Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple

The Award of Excellence for the conservation of Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple at Thrissur in Kerala recognizes the remarkable conservation effort undertaken at the sacred site.
2015-09-02

Swachhata Sangraam Abhiyaan in Indore to make it open defecation-free

The first three village panchayats to eradicate open defecation would be awarded the Ahilya Gram Puraskar and would be given cash prize of 20 lakh rupees, 15 lakh rupees, and 5 lakh rupees respectively.
2015-09-02

Allahabad HC: Ensure flag hoisting ceremony of National Flag in Madarsas on 15 August and 26 January

The High Court bench passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Arun Gaur, a resident of Aligarh.
2015-09-02

Bihar to give 2% reservation to grand children of freedom fighters in government jobs

The cabinet also decided to grant a marriage assistance of 51 thousand rupees to the granddaughter of freedom fighter.
2015-09-02

AK Jha appointed as Interim CMD of NTPC

A K Jha succeeded Arup Roy Choudhury, who retired on 1 September 2015.
2015-09-02

India emerged as 8th largest tourism market for Australia

In 2014, over 2 lakh Indians visited the nation in and spent about 1 billion dollars which was an increase of 39 percent.
2015-09-02

Dinesh Kumar Likhi took charge as CMD of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited

Prior to this appointment, he was Director (Production & Marketing) of MIDHANI itself.
2015-09-02

The Duels of the Himalayan Eagle authored by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar released

The author, who was a young fighter pilot, during the 1965-war has tried to club official records, squadron diaries and veteran accounts in the book.
2015-09-02

Union Cabinet approved Policy for Marginal Fields of ONGC and OIL

Marginal Fields are those discoveries that could not be monetized for many years due to various reasons such as isolated locations, small size of reserves, high development costs, etc.
2015-09-02

RBI proposed marginal cost of funds methodology to calculate Base Rate

The new methodology is aimed at bringing uniformity among BRs of banks so that they will be more sensitive to any changes in policy rates of the RBI.
2015-09-02

West Central Railway Zone became first zone to eliminate all Unmanned Level Crossings

The safety initiative was achieved by constructing 33 Limited Height Sub Ways (LHs) and manning of 30 level crossings.
2015-09-02

FIIs/FPIs exempted from MAT purview for the period prior to 1 April 2015

The Union Government introduced this tax in 1997 in order to make the companies pay minimum amount as tax irrespective of tax exemptions that they are availed of under various tax saving provisions.
2015-09-02

India won three-match test series against Sri Lanka

The second match will be remembered for being the last Test of Kumara Sangakkara, the gentleman cricketer from Sri Lanka, and a role model for many around the world.
2015-09-02

Union Government released 2000 crore rupees to EPS-95 as contribution for 2015-16

Further, a sum of 250 crore rupees was contributed as grant-in-aid for providing minimum pension of 1000 rupees to the pensioners of EPS-95.
2015-09-02

Mumbai won Buchi Babu Memorial Trophy of Cricket

TNCA batting first was able to score 163 all out in 74 over, in response to which, Mumbai scored 166 for four in 45.2 over.
2015-09-02

Durban to host XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022

While the XIX Games was held in Glasgow (the UK), the XX Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia.
2015-09-02

Law Commission of India submitted its report on Death Penalty

In its 272-page draft report, the commission favoured speedy abolition of the death penalty from the statute books of India not serve the penological goal of deterrence any more than life imprisonment.
2015-09-01

Palmyra's Temple of Bel destroyed by ISIS militants: UN

The Temple of Bel’s construction started in 32 BC and ended in the second century AD. Later, it served as both, Church and Mosque.
2015-09-01

CSIRO, Imperial College warned 99% seabirds will ingest plastic by 2050

The study found that nearly 60 percent of all seabird species including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins have plastic in their gut.
2015-09-01

Highest mountain of North America Mt McKinley renamed as Denali

The mountain, which sits in the 6 million-acre Denali national park, has been known as Denali in Alaska since 1975.
2015-09-01

RBI declared SBI and ICICI Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks

These banks have been put under associated bucket structure as required under the D-SIB Framework and each bucket corresponds to the higher loss absorbency requirements that they would be required to hold from January 2016.
2015-09-01

Tejinder Pal Singh named as Australian of the Day by Commonwealth Bank

He dedicated the last Sunday of every month to feed the poor and homeless in northern Darwin after his night shift as a cabbie.
2015-09-01

Master of horror cinema Wes Craven died

Craven was best known for directing the Nightmare on Elm Street film and Scream franchises.
2015-09-01

CSO released estimates of GDP for April-June quarter of 2015-16

As per the estimates, India remained the fastest growing major economy of the world for a second straight quarter.
2015-09-01

L C Goyal appointed as CMD of India Trade Promotion Organisation

ITPO is the nodal agency of the Union Government under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry for promoting country's external trade.
2015-09-01

30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories by Naina Lal Kidwai

The book is a collection of narratives on modern Indian women who have been pioneers and led large organizations - in banking, law, the media, advertising, etc.
2015-09-01

Union Government approved Smart National Common Mobility Card model for seamless travel across India

The smart card will enable commuters to travel by different metros and other transport systems across the country besides retail shopping and purchases.
2015-09-01

Ratan P Watal took charge as Union Finance Secretary

Prior to the present elevation, he was the secretary of the Department of Expenditure of the Finance Ministry since 2013.
2015-09-01

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognised Yoga as sports discipline

Yoga is an Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. It finds mention in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the author of the grammatical Mahabhasya.
2015-09-01

Raghav Chandra took charge as the Chairman of NHAI

Chandra succeeded Road Transport and Highways Secretary Vijay Chhibber.
2015-09-01

Haryana Government inaugurated Sakhi, one stop center for women in distress

A day before Rakshabandhan, the state government opened women police stations in all the 21 districts with an aim to provide security to women of the state.
2015-09-01

Manish Sisodia got additional charge of Law Ministry of Delhi

He succeeds Kapil Mishra, who was handling Law Ministry portfolio ever since Jitendra Singh Tomar was arrested in a fake degree case in June 2015.
2015-09-01

Source; The Times of India News
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