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Daily GK & Current Affairs - 08 and 09 Oct 2017

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Grand celebrations mark 85th anniversary of Indian Air Force

  • The Indian Air Force is celebrating its 85th anniversary on Sunday.
  • The Air Force Day parade was marked by a stunning air display with various aircraft at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. On its day of glory, the IAF will showcase its might with a display of its vintage, modern and fighter aircraft.
  • India started to celebrate Air Force day on 8th of October in the year 1932 as an auxiliary air force of Indian Empire.

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of 3.92 km long Okha-Byet Dwarka bridge

  • The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of a bridge connecting Okha port to Byet Dwarka. This about 3.92 kilometer-long cable bridge will reduce the distance between these two destinations and will make travel for the pilgrims more convenient. He then laid foundation for widening of Porbandar - Dwarka four-lane road and Gadu - Porbandar road.
  • He also laid the Foundation Stones for a greenfield airport for Rajkot; six-laning of Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway; and four-laning of Rajkot-Morbi State Highway.

Prime Minister launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI)

  • Narendra Modi as he launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) at Vadnagar in Gujarat, today.Through this programme, Government of India aims to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.
  • The special drive will focus on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90% by December 2018.
  • The achievement of full immunisation under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90% coverage was to be achieved by 2020 earlier. With the launch of IMI, achievement of the target has now been advanced.

President launches Mata Amritanandamayi Math Project Jeevamrutham

President Ram Nath Kovind has launched 100 crore rupees Mata Amritanandamayi Math Project “Jeevamrutham” to provide filtration system for cleaning drinking water to 5000 villages across India, in kollam district in kerala. The President also distributed the certificates to three village out of 12 villages in the States of Bihar, UP, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Chatisgarh, Uttarakand, Maharashtra and kerala, which were adopted by the Math, verified as Open Defecation Free by Swatch Bharat Abhiyan.

Ex-SC judges could soon be appointed NHRC chiefs

  • The Home Ministry has moved the Cabinet to amend the recruitment process of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
  • A key change being contemplated is that a retired Supreme Court judge could also be considered for the Chairperson’s position, currently reserved for former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.
  • Similarly an amendment for appointment of members is also being considered. The members could be picked from a pool of retired Chief Justices of High Courts. Currently, a serving or retired SC judge is considered. The NHRC was constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993. The Act was last amended in 2006.

Dr. Mahesh sharma inaugurates ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav - 2017’ at Ahmedabad

Continuing its endeavor to promote India’s Heritage, Ministry of Culture has organised 3 days long diversified cultural carnival ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav - 2017’ at the premises of Sabarmati River Front Event Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The festival was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change.

M/o Culture Organizes ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ in Gujarat as a part of ‘Paryatan Parv’

Ministry of Culture as a part of ‘Paryatan Parv’ is organising ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix in Gujarat. The State paired with Gujarat is Chhattisgarh. The Mahotsav coverd a profusion of art forms from classical and folk music and dance, theatre to literature and the visual arts and would offer the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. The “Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM)-2017” started today, will continue till 9th October, 2017 in India’s 1st World Heritage City i.e Ahmadabad,


India to conduct the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ next week beginning 10th October

The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) will be conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency next week from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). At the 17th BIMSTEC Senior Officials Meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal on February 7, 2017, it was decided that India would organize the first annual Disaster Management Exercise for the region.

Delegates from all seven nations of the ‘Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation’ (BIMSTEC) grouping, - namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, representatives from Embassies/High Commissions of BIMSTEC nations in Delhi, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and Senior Officers from the Nodal Ministries will participate in the event.

India-South Africa Twenty Years of Strategic Partnership;Gandhi-Mandela Program on Grass Root Innovation

  • India and South Africa are celebrating twenty years of strategic partnership this year. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan attended the celebrations of the collaboration in science and technology in Durban.
  • So far, the cooperation has been focussed on chosen areas like Astronomy & Astrophysics, Agriculture Sciences, Green Chemistry, Indigenous Knowledge System and Health Sciences where both countries have complementary strengths.
  • Another hallmark of the vibrant collaboration was the launch of a new program on ‘Grass Root Innovation’ aimed towards sharing of open source technologies and IPR protection of traditional knowledge systems.

International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations – IV (8th – 15th October, 2017)

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in collaboration with National Geographic Society is hosting an international conference on “Dialogue of Civilizations – IV” from 8th – 15th October, 2017 at Delhi, Gandhinagar and Dholavira.
  • This conference is fourth in this series of ‘dialogues’ initiated by National Geographic Society in 2013 with an objective to encourage scholarly and public discourse about the five ancient, literate civilizations of the world, i.e. Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China and Mesoamerica and how the study of the past can share our present and future towards the right direction.
  • The first conference of this series was inaugurated in Guatemala in 2013 followed by Turkey in 2014 and China in 2015. The present conference is the fourth in this series, with the final dialogue planned in Egypt.

Shri Arun Jaitley to leave on a one week Official Visit to USA early morning tomorrow

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley will leave on a one week Official visit to USA early morning tomorrow i.e. 9thOctober, 2017 to participate in the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) among others. The Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley will lead the Indian Official Delegation consisting of the Governor, RBI, Dr. Urjit Patel, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA), Dr Arvind Subramanian, Special Secretary, DEA, Shri Dinesh Sharma among others.


India slips to 8th among most valuable brands; US top of the charts, China fastest growing while India decelerates: Nation Brands 2017

India is ranked the eighth most valuable nation brand while the United States retained its top position and China took the second spot in the league of nations according to Brand Finance’s Nation Brands 2017.

India went down one spot over the previous year, the report said, because the economy grew at its slowest pace. India switched places with Canada and its brand value dropped by one percentage point while that of Canada’s rose 14 per cent. China, the fastest growing nation brand in 2017, saw valuation grow 44 per cent.

India improved its brand rating from ‘AA-’ to ‘AA’ though, but failed to make it into the top ten ‘best performing’ or ‘strongest’ brands. Brand analysts list democracy, diversity, young population and technological receptivity as the pillars of India’s brand value.

RBI begins 'corrective action' against OBC for high net NPA

  • The RBI has initiated a 'prompt corrective action' against state-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) for high bad loans. The move will place various restrictions on the public sector lender including on fresh loans and dividend distribution.
  • Net NPA of the bank rose to 9.56 per cent of net advances as of June 2017, against 8.11 per cent a year ago.
  • The RBI has initiated similar action against other public sector banks including IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and UCO Bank.


Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix to move closer to world title after Sebastian Vettel's early retirement

  • Lewis Hamilton romped to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to close in on a fourth world title after Sebastian Vettel retired with engine failure four laps in.
  • The Briton dominated from pole, steering his Mercedes to a crushing eighth win of the year, stretching his Formula One championship lead over Vettel to 59 points with just 100 left to play for.

Romania's Simona Halep becomes WTA world number one

Simona Halep gained some revenge for her defeat by Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final and achieved world number one status for the first time after a 6-2 6-4 win in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing on Saturday.

Halep is the 25th player in WTA history and the first Romanian to become world number one, and will replace Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the top of the standings when the official rankings are released on Monday.

Samiya wins gold at U-15 Asian Junior Championship

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women''s singles competition after defeating Indonesia''s Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship here today.


Vice President Gives away Rashtra Sewa Awards organized by Krishna Foundation

  • Krishna Foundation has chosen poet and writer, Shri P. Parameswaran and Philanthropist and businessman, Shri Yusuff Ali for presenting Rashtra Sewa Awards in recognition of their services to the nation. The Foundation is also giving financial assistance to 20 school students belonging to weaker sections.
  • Shri Yusuff Ali, Chairman and Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International, is one of the well-known businessmen from India. He has provided employment to thousands of Indians and others and was awarded Padma Shri in 2008.


World Solar Car Race Begins in Australia

The event has become one of the world's foremost innovation challenges with teams looking to demonstrate designs that could one day lead to commercially available solar-powered vehicles for passengers. An epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across the desert heart of Australia designed to showcase new technology that could one day help develop commercial vehicles got underway Sunday.

The World Solar Challenge, first run in 1987 and last held in 2015, began in a high-tech, futuristic flurry from Darwin's State Square.

16 balsam species found in 5 years in Arunachal

  • In August 2017, a research paper describing Impatiens walongensis, a new species of balsam, was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Phytotaxa.
  • Discovery of new species crucial as balsam varieties are facing a threat to their habitat from fast-changing landscape of the region
  • The species was discovered from Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, one of India’s easternmost. About a meter tall with ovate elliptical leaves and light pink flowers, the plant was named after Walong, the locality where it was found. Impatiens walongensis is the latest but not the only new discovery of balsam in Arunachal Pradesh.

First 4D map of human genome folding created

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have created the first high-resolution four-dimensional (4D) map of human gene folding, tracking an entire genome as it folds over time.

The advance by researchers, including those from Stanford University and Harvard University in the US, may lead to new ways of understanding genetic diseases. For decades, researchers have suspected that when a human cell responds to a stimulus, DNA elements that lie far apart in the genome quickly find one another, forming loops along the chromosome.

By rearranging these DNA elements in space, the cell is able to change which genes are active.


Ace director Kundan Shah passes away

  • National Award-winning director Kundan Shah, best known for his dark satire Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and coming-of-age comedy Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, passed away at his residence early today. He was 69.
  • Born on October 19, 1947, Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his directorial debut with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro in 1983. He received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.

Noted journalist Bismoy Kumar Mohanty dies

Noted journalist Bismoy Kumar Mohanty died today following a heart attack at Puri, family sources said. Owner and editor of Odia daily "Ajikali" published from Balasore, Mohanty was the president of Odisha Small and Medium Newspaper Organisation. He was also associated with a number of social and cultural organisations. His wife Bijay Laxmi Mohanty is also publisher and editor of language daily "Sambad Bahika".

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SC collegium decides to upload its decisions on website

In a historic move to usher in transparency, the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, has resolved to go public with all its recommendations to the government on judicial appointments, transfers and elevations to the High Courts and the Supreme Court.

The recommendations will be uploaded on the Supreme Court's official website.

The Collegium will further “indicate” the reasons for which it has decided to recommend or reject names for appointment, transfer or elevation to the High Courts and the Supreme Court.

India and European Union agree to bolster fight against terror and strengthen ties in key areas of trade and security.

India and the European Union today adopted a declaration to counter terrorism as they discussed ways to strengthen their cooperation in key areas of trade and security during the 14th summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the top EU leadership in New Delhi.

List of Agreements signed during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi (October 06, 2017)

  • Implementing Arrangement between the European Commission and the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for Indian Researchers hosted by the European Research Council grantees in Europe
  • Finance Contract of Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase-2-Line R6 for Euro 300 million out of total loan of Euro 500 million
  • Joint Declaration between the Interim Secretariat of the International Solar Alliance and the European Investment Bank

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to address Digital Saksharata Abhinandan Samaroh

Digital Saksharata Abhinanadan Samaroh will be addressed by Hon’ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 7, 2017 at IIT Gandhinagar. Pradhanmantri Grameen Digital Saksharata Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) is an integral component of Digital India Initiative of the Government. The scheme envisage to make 6 crore citizens digitally literate in rural India. The function will highlight the significance of digital literacy in addressing issue of digital divide/promote digital financial transactions and support in providing access to information, knowledge and skill there by leading to digitally empowered society.

PMGDISHA envisage to provide equal opportunity to rural citizens enabling them to actively participate in nation building and access livelihood through Digital Technology, Devices and Services.

President to Inaugurate India Water Week 2017

Five Day International event to be attended by 1500 delegates from 13 countries

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate India Water Week – 2017 on October 10, 2017 in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari and Union Ministers of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Shri Dr. Satya Pal Singh.  About 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries will attend the five day international event. The theme of India Water Week – 2017 is “Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth”.

The 5th edition of India Water Week (IWW) will be celebrated with a multi disciplinary conference and a concurrently running exhibition enriching the theme and showcasing the technologies and solutions available for the areas under deliberation of the meet.  The event will have the following major components:

  • Water, Food and Energy Security – Essential requirement for sustainable development.
  • Water for inclusive Growth
  • Sustainable energy development – Key for all round economic growth.
  • Water and Society

India, Australia to enhance relations; MoU signed on tackling terror

“The meeting is a follow-up to the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime exchanged between the two sides during the visit of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to New Delhi in April this year and his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the statement said.

Issues related to human trafficking and people smuggling, combating illegal drug trafficking, and sharing information between law enforcement agencies, were also discussed.

The two sides agreed to pursue further the agenda for cooperation in specific areas with meetings of operational joint working groups involving agencies concerned, the statement added.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma to inaugurate ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2017’ to be held in Ahmadabad From 7th To 9th October, 2017

The “Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM)-2017” will be held from 7th to 9th October, 2017  in India’s 1st World Heritage City i.e Ahmadabad, Gujarat. Ms. Sujata Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture addressing the media persons Ahmadabad, Gujarat.So far, Ministry of Culture has organised 5 RSM’s i.e 2 in Delhi, 1 each in Varanasi, Bengaluru and RSM North East in all NE State capitals.

Literary festival to focus on wildlife conservation

Set in the foothills of Himalayas surrounding Nainital and Corbett, Kumaon Festival of Literature and Arts, this year, will focus on wildlife conservation and sustainable living.

The two-day long festival that begins tommorrow, will see speakers like conservationist M K Ranjithsinh, author-film maker Janaki Lenin and writer-conservationist Prerna Bindra among others.


Under composite schemes traders to pay 1 percent, manufacturers 2 percent and restaurants 5 percent GST; Companies with 1.5 crore rupees turnover to file quarterly returns; Exporters to get refunds of their input credit from 10th of this month; E-Wallet for  getting their refunds from 1st April 2018.

Government has announced major relief in GST for exporters and  small and medium enterprises. The composition threshold limit under GST has been enhanced from 75 lak rupees to one crore. Briefing reporters after GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that under composite scheme, traders will pay one percent, manufacturers two percent and restaurants five percent.

GST tax payers upto 1.5 crore rupees turnover can now file their return on quarterly basis, in place of monthly basis.  Exporters will start getting refunds of their input credit for the month of July from 10th of October, and for August from 18th of this month. This is an interim arrangement, said Mr Jaitley.

Mr Jaitley said exporters will have e-wallet from 1st April, 2018 for getting their refunds.

Amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Fast Track Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2017

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Fast Track Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2017 yesterday. According to theAmended Regulations, a Resolution Plan shall include a statement as to how it has dealt with the interests of all stakeholders, including financial creditors and operational creditors, of the Corporate Debtor.

India gets Lowest Wind Tariff of Rs. 2.64 per kWh in second Wind Auction of 1000 MW

The wind tariff in India touched lowest level of Rs.2.64 per kWh in the second wind auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on behalf of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India.

Aadhaar now a must for post office deposits, PPF, KVP

New Delhi: The government has made biometric identification Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra.


India's biggest ever football extravaganza, FIFA U-17 World Cup, kicks off; Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates football legends and children from Mission-11 million.

Two-time champions Ghana began their FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Colombia in a Group A match in New Delhi today. Ghana earned three points from the win.  In the opening Group B match at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, New Zealand came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Turkey.


International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

  • The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an organisation seeking to eliminate atomic weapons through an international treaty-based prohibition.
  • The Geneva-based ICAN won the USD 1.1 million prize because it "has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world's nations to pledge to cooperate ... in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons," Norwegian Nobel Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in the announcement.

George Clooney To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney has been selected as the recipient of the 46th annual AFI Life Achievement Award in a ceremony to be held on June 7, 2018.  Clooney , a two time Oscar winner and one of only two people (along with Walt Disney)  to be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories, was selected for his versatility, as well as his star power. “George Clooney  is America’s  leading man,”

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India, Djibouti sign agreement on bilateral consultations

  • India and Djibouti today signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign Office-level consultations during President Ram Nath Kovind's visit.
  • The agreement was signed after Kovind and his Djiboutian counterpart Omar Guelleh held talks.
  • He also urged for an early ratification of Djibouti's membership of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and mentioned its solar energy potential.
  • The ISA was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the CoP21 in Paris in 2015. The aim of the ISA is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries and promote the use of solar energy.

India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

India and Ethiopia today signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties as President Ram Nath Kovind held talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome in Addis Ababa.

India also thanked Ethiopia for its participation in the International Solar Alliance (ISA), established in 2015. The aim of the ISA is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries and promote the use of solar energy.

The India Business Forum is the first partner-country forum of its kind in Ethiopia and represents more than 100 Indian companies. Kovind said India has created jobs and contributed to the prosperity of Ethiopia. Indian investment has had a significant presence in manufacturing in Ethiopia and value addition to local resources, he said. Ethiopia has been the largest recipient of Indian concessional lines of credit in Africa, with over USD 1 billion committed.

India, EU to hold 14th summit talks on October 6

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the EU leaders are likely to discuss ways to step up cooperation to prevent terrorism and revive Free Trade talks.
  • The EU is India's largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in goods at $88 billion in 2016.
  • India and the European Union will hold their 14th summit talks on October 6 during which both sides are expected to discuss a host of key issues including ways to remove hurdles for the long-pending Free Trade Agreement.
  • The 14th India-EU Summit aims to deepen the India-EU Strategic Partnership and advance collaboration in priority areas for India's growth and development.
  • The EU is India's largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in goods at USD 88 billion in 2016. The EU is also the largest destination for Indian exports and a key source of investment and technologies. India received around USD 83 billions of foreign direct investment from Europe during 2000-17 which constituted approximately 24 per cent of the total FDI inflows into the country during the period.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs celebrates World Habitat Day

The Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri spoke at a programme organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on the occasion of ‘World Habitat Day’ on the theme ‘Housing Policies : Affordable Homes’ in New Delhi.

The Minister said the new urban missions launched by the Government like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) is at the core of ensuring affordable homes to the poor and the needy while other missions like the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) aim at enabling the much needed basic infrastructure for a decent habitat.

Under PMAY(Urban), the Ministry has so far approved construction of 28,57,321 affordable homes for Economically Weaker Sections, Low and Middle Income Groups with an investment of Rs.1,54,180 cr. Central assistance of Rs.44,278 cr has been approved for these houses.


AP signs MoU with Mastercard

The State government on Thursday entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mastercard to pave way for digital financial transactions in a secure environment. The MoU would help the government in adopting and hastening innovations such as digital payments and launch financial inclusion programmes.

Under the MoU, cybersecurity would be implemented across the digital payments and IoT in coordination with the State government and other key stakeholders.


IBBI notifies the IBBI (Information Utilities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017

IBBI had notified the IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 on 31st March, 2017. These regulations provided that ordinarily a person should not hold more than 10% of paid up equity share capital or voting power of an information utility, while allowing certain specified persons to hold up to 25%. These further provided that a person may hold up to 51% of paid-up equity share capital or total voting power of an information utility till the expiry of three years from its registration.

IBBI has amended the IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 on 29th September, 2017. According to the amended regulations, a person may, directly or indirectly, either by itself or together with persons acting in concert, hold up to fifty-one percent of the paid-up equity share capital or total voting power of an information utility up to three years from the date of its registration.

India signs €300 million Finance Contract with European Investment Bank (EIB) for financing Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II- Line R6.

Government of India and European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed the Finance Contract for lending of € 300 million for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II Line R6. The agreement was signed by Shri S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (BC), Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Andrew McDowell, Vice President, EIB, on behalf of the EIB.

Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II is to be jointly financed by the European Investment Bank (€500 million) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (€300 million). The first tranche of Euro 300mn was signed today. The project envisages extension of East-West & North-South lines for Bangalore Metro Rail which includes a total length of 72.095 km (13.79 km underground) and 61 stations with 12 underground stations. The project implementation period is 5 years from date of commencement of the Project.

Shell companies crackdown: 4.5 lakh directors may face axe

By Manoj Rammohan New Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) As many as 4.5 lakh directors may face disqualification for their association with shell companies, Union minister P P Chaudhary said today as the government steps up its fight against the black money menace.


FIFA launches Hindi twitter account for U-17 WC

World football's governing body, FIFA on Thursday launched a Hindi twitter account of the U-17 World Cup, which begins here tomorrow.


British author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day", won the Nobel Literature Prize today, the Swedish Academy said.

The 62-year-old, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," the Academy wrote in its citation.

Born in Nagasaki, he moved to Britain with his family when he was five years old, only returning to visit Japan as an adult. Both his first novel "A Pale View of Hills" from 1982 and the subsequent one, "An Artist of the Floating World" from 1986, take place in Nagasaki a few years after World War II.

Gauri Lankesh honoured with Anna Politkovskaya Award

Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5, has been posthumously accorded with the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award, instituted by Reach All Women (RAW) in War.

Gauri is the 12th woman to receive this prestigious award. Nominations Committee members have observed that they were deeply moved by Gauri and Gulalai's bravery and dedication to peace and human rights. The citation reads: Gauri Lankesh was a major figure in India, critic of right-wing Hindu extremism, campaigner for women's rights, fiercely opposed to the caste system, campaigning for rights of Dalits and so on.


New nanomaterial can create hydrogen fuel from seawater

In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a new nanomaterial that uses solar energy to generate hydrogen from seawater, producing the low cost and clean-burning fuel more efficiently than existing materials.

The advance may lead to a new source of hydrogen fuel, ease demand for fossil fuels and boost the economy of countries where sunshine and seawater are abundant.

It is possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly.

Researchers from University of Central Florida in the US developed a new catalyst that is able to not only harvest a much broader spectrum of light than other materials, but also stand up to the harsh conditions found in seawater.

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PM addresses Company Secretaries at the inauguration of the golden jubilee year of ICSI

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed Company Secretaries at the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Year of ICSI – the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated all those associated with ICSI. He said he is happy to be among those who are responsible for ensuring that companies follow the law, and maintain their accounts properly. He said their work helps establish the country's corporate culture. Their advice has a bearing on the country's corporate governance, he added.

Government sets up a high-level committee for proper management of water resources in North-Eastern region .

The Centre has set up a high-level committee for proper management of water resources in the North-Eastern region. The Committee will be headed  by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar. It will facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco tourism. The committee is also tasked with spelling out actionable steps for optimizing water resources in the region and chalking out an action plan for dovetailing of Central schemes.

Cabinet approves the Extradition Treaty between India and Lithuania

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the signing and ratification of the Extradition Treaty between India and Lithuania.
  • The Treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to Lithuania.
  • The Treaty would help in extradition of fugitive criminals including terrorists for criminal prosecutions from Lithuania who may have committed crimes against India. It will bring the criminals to justice, with a view to ensure peace and tranquility to public at large.

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Switzerland on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Swiss Confederation on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector.  The MoU was signed on on 31st August, 2017.

The MoU will enable technical cooperation in the following areas:-

  • Traction Rolling stock
  • EMU and train sets
  • Traction Propulsion Equipments
  • Freight and Passenger Cars
  • Tilting Trains
  • Railway Electrification Equipments
  • Train scheduling and operation improvement
  • Railway Station modernization
  • Multimodal transport
  • Tunneling technology


Ministry of Railways have signed MoUs for technical cooperation in the Rail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways. The identified areas of cooperation include high-speed corridors, speed raising of existing routes, development of world-class stations, heavy haul operations and modernization of rail infrastructure, etc. The cooperation is achieved through exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology & operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.

The MoUs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector. The MoUs facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.

Cabinet approves renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port.

Ports in India are generally named after the city or town in which these are situated.  However, the Government, in special cases, after due consideration, have renamed the Ports after great leaders in the past.

By renaming Kandla Port as "Deendayal Port, Kandla", a grateful nation would be remembering the invaluable contributions made by one of the greatest sons of India, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. This will inspire the People of Gujarat, particularly the Youth, who may not be fully aware of the contributions made by the great leader.

Tourism Minister Briefs Media Persons on ‘Paryatan Parv’ to be Oprganized Nationwide from 5th to 25th October, 2017

Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism has said that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments and Stakeholders is organizing a “Paryatan Parv” across the country from the 5th to 25th October 2017. Addressing media persons at a Press Conference here today, he said that programme is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”. Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and senior officers were present un the Press Conference.

The Minister informed the media persons that the Paryatan Parv will have three main components:

  • Dekho Apna Desh :  To encourage Indians to visit their own country.
  • Tourism for All :  Tourism Events at sites across all States in the country.
  • Tourism & Governance :Interactive Sessions & Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes

Turtle Sanctuary to be set up in Allahabad

In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures, development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam have been approved under Namami Gange programme.

The project at an estimated cost of Rs 1.34 crore would include development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati), establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre (Permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries) and awareness about the importance of river Ganga and imperativeness of its conservation has been approved.

This project will provide much needed platform to make the visitors aware of their place in the ecosystem, their roles and responsibilities, improve their understanding of the complexity of co-existence with the environment and help generate awareness for reducing the impact of human activities on critical natural resources. The task of dissipating knowledge about river Ganga will be taken up ardently in this project, which is 100% centrally funded.


RBI ups inflation projection to 4.2-4.6% during second half

The Reserve Bank today raised its inflation projection to 4.2-4.6 per cent for the second half of the current fiscal due to firming global oil prices and uncertainty on kharif farm output.

RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6%

  • The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by Governor Urjit Patel, on Wednesday kept the repo rate – the key policy rate at which the RBI lends money to banks – unchanged at six per cent. This was broadly in line with expectations, given the concerns around inflation targeting.
  • Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF remains at 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 6.25 per cent.
  • The RBI reduced the gross value added (GVA) growth target for the current financial year to 6.7 per cent from 7.3 per cent earlier.

World Bank raises 2017, 2018 East Asia growth forecasts, sees geopolitical risks

  • The World Bank raised its economic growth forecasts for developing East Asia and Pacific for this year and 2018, but added the generally positive outlook was clouded by risks such as rising trade protectionism and geopolitical tensions.
  • The Washington-based lender now expects the developing East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region, which includes China, to grow 6.4 percent in 2017 and 6.2 percent in 2018.
  • Its previous forecast in April was for 6.2 percent growth in 2017 and 6.1 percent growth in 2018.


Deepa Malik to receive M G Mehta Human Spirit award

Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik will be honoured with the ''M G Mehta Human Spirit'' award, at a ceremony to be held here next month.

FC Goa signs MoU with EBTC for promotion of football

Indian Super League side FC Goa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) in an effort to promote football in the state.


Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson win Nobel Prize for chemistry for development of cryo-electron microscopy.

  • Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing cryo-electron microscopy which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules, the award-giving body said on Wednesday.
  • Chemistry is the third of this year's Nobel Prizes after the winners of the medicine and physics prizes were announced earlier this week.
  • The prizes are named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.  The novelist has written eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages. His most famous novels "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go" were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He was conferred the prestigious Order of British Empire in 1995.

Urvashi Sahni, founder of SHEF, wins social entrepreneur award

  • Urvashi Sahni, founder and chief executive of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF), was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award 2017 for her work in educating India’s most disadvantaged girls.
  • She won the award, beating candidates from more prominent non-profit organizations including Akshaya Patra. Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu presented the award to Sahni.
  • Jointly founded by Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010, the award recognizes promising and high impact social entrepreneurs implementing practical and sustainable solutions.


Satya Pal Malik takes oath as Governor of Bihar

Former MP and BJP national vice-president Satya Pal Malik took oath as the Governor of Bihar on Wednesday. The post had fallen vacant in June after Ram Nath Kovind was nominated as candidate for President by the NDA government and subsequently resigned. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been holding additional charge of Bihar since.

Rajnish Kumar appointed new SBI chairman

Rajnish Kumar, Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI), was appointed the next chairman of the largest public sector bank today.  He will succeed Arundhati Bhattacharya, who is at present serving her one-year extension, that ends on Friday.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kumar for a period of three years from October 7, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

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Ministry of Health ranks first in Swachh Bharat initiative

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been adjudged as the best department for its contribution during ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, an inter-ministry initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from February 1-15. The award was presented on the third anniversary of the Mission on October 2. Health Secretary C. K. Mishra received the award on behalf of the Ministry.

Vice President Lays foundation stone for National Highway projects and Inland Water Ways in Andhra Pradesh

Vice President laid foundation stone for six national highway projects and dedicated seven national highway projects, costing Rs. 4153 crore in Andhra Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone for development of an Inland Water Way in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada in the Andhra Pradesh capital region of Amaravati.

India set to sign $4.5 billion LoC deal with Bangladesh

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived here on Tuesday ahead of India and Bangladesh signing the third line of credit (LoC) agreement involving $4.5 billion to be spent on infrastructure and social sector development.

New visa scheme

The two countries signed the first LoC in August 2010. The second one was inked in March, 2016.

According to the tour schedule, Mr. Jaitley would call on the Bangladesh premier and inaugurate, along with his counterpart, a new scheme for cashless transactions in visa services run by the State Bank of India on behalf of the Indian High Commission here.

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff visits Vietnam

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff is visiting Vietnam on a bilateral visit from 04 to 07 October 2017. The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Vietnam and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.

Key Point-

The Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on many issues, which include operational interactions, training and exchange of Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Staff Talks. The Vietnam People’s Navy also participates in the ‘MILAN’ inter-Navy interactions organised at Port Blair by the Indian Navy.

Union HRD Minister launches Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed)

A quality programme of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for in-service untrained teachers training Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) was launched by Union Human Resource Developement Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi today. The Teacher Training Programme is designed for all Untrained Govt. /Govt. aided /Private unaided recognized in- service Untrained teachers of Elementary Schools & 15 lakh (approx) teachers have been enrolled so far.

CWC sign MoU with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support capacity building in dam safety areas under dam rehabilitation and improvement project

Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed MoUs with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support dam rehabilitation efforts of various implementing agencies and CWC.

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has taken on board selected premier academic and research institutes, for capacity building in the areas of dam safety through World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).The scope includes strengthening the testing laboratories, enhancing analytical capabilities, exposure visits to best global institutions and on ground exposure to dam safety concerns to the faculty of these institutions.

President Ram Nath Kovind appoints Commission to examine sub-categorisation of OBC

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed five member Commission to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
  • Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini will be the chairperson of the Commission which will present its report to the President within twelve weeks.
  • The sub-categorization of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.
  • The Commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the Central List. It will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such OBCs.


Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour over Rohingya criticism

An honour bestowed on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the city of Oxford has been withdrawn as a reaction to her perceived inadequate response to the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the country.

WEF’s India summit starts today

World Economic Forum’s 33rd India Economic Summit will kick off on Wednesday, in partnership with industry body CII. The theme of the conference, which will be attended by key ministers of the government, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and industrialists such as Sunil Bharti Mittal, is ‘Creating Indian Narratives on Global Challenges’.

More than 650 leaders from 35 countries are taking part, allowing Indian business, society and government leaders to interact and collaborate with peers from across the globe.


India to top global remittances chart with USD 66 billion in

India is expected to retain it position as the top remittances receiving country, with its diaspora set to pump in a whopping USD 65 billion in the year 2017, the World Bank said today.

India exported a total of 11,34,948 MT seafood valued at all time high US$ 5.78 billion (Rs. 37,870.90 crore) in 2016-17

India exported a total of 11,34,948 MT seafood valued at all time high US$ 5.78 billion (Rs. 37,870.90 crore) in 2016-17 as against 9,45,892 MT valued at US$ 4.69 billion in the previous year. Frozen shrimp maintained its position as the top contributor with 38.28 % share in quantity and 64.50 % of the total earnings in terms of US$ from seafood exports. An increase of 16.21% in terms of quantity and 20.33% in terms of US$ has been recorded over the previous year. The demand from the European Union of Indian marine products grew substantially during this period while USA and South East Asia continued to be the major importers.

Manufacturing PMI stuck at 51.2: Nikkei

Manufacturing activity remained unchanged in September compared with the level in August, although the sector witnessed some expansion during both months, according to a private sector survey.

The Nikkei India Purchasing Managers’ Index registered a value of 51.2 in September, the same as in August. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity, while one below 50 denotes a contraction.


U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein's gravitational waves

  • Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago.
  • The work of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne crowned half a century of experimental efforts by scientists and engineers.
  • Measuring gravitational waves offers a new way to observe the cosmos, helping scientists explore the nature of mysterious objects including black holes and neutron stars. It may also provide insight into the universe’s very earliest moments.

Hyderabad Scientist bags Padmashree I V Subba Rao Raithu Nestham-2017 Award

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday presented Padmasree I V SubbaRao Raithu Nestham-2017 award to B Dayakar Rao  for the Best Scientist  category (Millets value added Processing and Promotion)  under Raithu Nestham Awards-2017 at Swarna Bharati trust, Atkur Village, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh . B Dayakar Rao, Principal Scientist and CEO-Technology Business Incubator, ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad received the award in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandra Mohan Reddy and Telangana State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. The function was jointly organised by Muppavarapu Foundation and Raithu Nestham.

Indian academician Prajapati elected as NAPA fellow in US

Indian academician Prajapati Trivedi has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration in the US, becoming the first Indian to be bestowed with this honour.


India’s Soumya Swaminathan becomes WHO’s Deputy Director General

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, has been appointed the Deputy Director General, Programmes, of the World Health Organisation.

Swaminathan is a paediatrician and is known for her research in tuberculosis. This would be second highest position in the organisation, below the Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who took over the post this July.

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Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary

The nation offers homage to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary today (2 October). President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Senior BJP leader L K Advani and other dignitaries visited Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the nation.

Nation pays homage to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today

The Nation also paid homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today. The President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries visited Vijay Ghat, the Samadhi of Lal Bahadur Shastri to offer tributes. Lal Bahadur Shastri led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and gave the slogan - Jai Jawan Jai Kisan which is remembered even today.

Swachh Bharat Mission completes three years on Oct 2

The Swachh Bharat Mission completes three years today. The mission was launched in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the country Open Defecation Free and achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage by October 2019. Prime Minister presented swacchhata awards to participants in various categories on the third anniversary of the Swacchh Bharat Mission at a function in New Delhi. In his address, Mr Modi said, India has accepted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the movement has become a people's movement due to the 'Siddhi' of Swachhagrahis.

India opens two border crossing points

  • India has opened 2 immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar & Bangladesh.
  • Zorinpui check post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • Kawrpuichhuah post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Bangladesh.

President inaugurates Shirdi Airport, first flight to Mumbai

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the newly-built airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.
  • The airport secured the aerodrome licence from the DGCA for commercial operations last month.
  • According to an estimate, about 60,000 pilgrims visit Shirdi everyday, out of which the airport authorities plan to tap at least 10-12 per cent.
  • The 2,750 sqm terminal building has been designed to handle a total of 300 passengers, including the arriving ones.

AIR to expand global services; to cover Japan, Germany, Canada

The All India Radio (AIR) is planning to launch new services for several countries, including Japan, Germany and some in the Commonwealth of Independent States, with an aim to supplement the government’s diplomatic efforts and outreach programmes to the Indian diaspora, an official said.

Canada, South Africa and Maldives are also among the countries the AIR plans to reach to, the External Services Division (ESD) director Amlanjyoti Mazumdar said. Currently, the ESD of the AIR covers around 150 countries with programmes in 27 languages—14 of them targeting neighbouring countries and nations in Southeast Asia.

Nepal, India to conduct joint tiger census in November

  • Nepal and India will be conducting in November a joint head count of tigers in the national parks, forests and sanctuaries along the international border between the two neighbours using a similar camera tapping method.
  • The tiger is regarded as an endangered animal and is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.


Urban Maharashtra declared open defecation free

President Ram Nath Kovind hails Maharashtra government for exemplary work towards cleanliness, says efforts towards cleanliness is true service to humanity. Hailing Maharashtra govt for their exemplary work towards cleanliness, President said that, with the declaration of urban Maharashtra open defecation free, almost half of Maharashtra has become open defecation free, since 49 percent population in Maharashtra lives in urban areas.


Catalans vote on split from Spain

  • Spain is facing a political and constitutional crisis after Catalans voted in favor of independence in a contested referendum that descended into chaos when police launched a widespread and violent crackdown.
  • The Catalan government said it had earned the right to split from Spain after results showed 90% of those who voted were in favor of a split.
  • A minority of around 40% of Catalans support independence, polls show, although a majority want to hold a referendum on the issue. The region of 7.5 million people has an economy larger than that of Portugal.
  • The referendum, declared illegal by Spain government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades, deepened a centuries-old rift between Madrid and Barcelona.

Germans celebrate first gay marriage; Move comes three months after lawmakers voted to legalise same-sex unions.

  • Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings on Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.
  • Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the same status in German law as marriage.

India to be guest country at World Government Summit

  • India will be the guest of honour during the sixth edition of the World Government Summit scheduled from February 11th – 13th, 2018 in Dubai.
  • The summit is the largest movement to review and share the best experiences, and the first global forum for governments, countries, organizations and private sector leaders interested in the industry of the future.


First-ever shipment of US crude oil to India arrives at Odisha's Paradip Port

India on Sunday received its first ever shipment of US crude oil with state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) importing a 1.6 million barrels parcel at Paradip in Odisha. MT New Prosperity, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), with a capacity to haul two million barrels of crude, left US Gulf Coast on August 19 and arrived at Paradip port.

Fitch lowers India's growth forecast to 6.9% for FY18 from 7.4%

Fitch Ratings has lowered India's economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 6.9 per cent from 7.4 per cent after the GDP growth "unexpectedly faltered" in the April-June quarter. The credit rating agency said however that it expects the economic activity to accelerate in the second half of the fiscal year with the waning impact of one-off events including the demonetisation shock in late 2016 and the GST rollout in July, which had dampened growth in the short term.

Govt to dilute 10% stake in military plane maker HAL

  • The government has approved the sale of a 10 per cent stake in public sector military planemaker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) through an initial public offering.
  • So far, HAL has been the sole player in the country building fighter aircraft such as Sukhoi-30-MkI and the Hawk advanced jet trainers under licenced production and helicopters such as Dhruv advanced light helicopter, designed in-house. It is also the designated agency to produce Tejas, the homegrown light combat aircraft for the air force.

GDP to hit $6 trillion by 2027 on digital leap: Morgan Stanley

  • According to the global financial services major, the trend line in India's annual GDP growth has been accelerating to 6.9 percent in 2000s, from 5.8 percent in the 1990s, and this momentum is likely to continue in the next decade as well.
  • Morgan Stanley expects digitisation will provide an enhancement of 50-75 basis points to GDP growth and forecast that India will grow to a 6-trillion-dollar economy and achieve upper-middle income status by 2026-27.
  • Morgan Stanley said that India's real GDP growth is to compound annually at 7.1 percent and nominal GDP growth at 11.2 percent, over the coming decade.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 to be held in Hyderabad

  • The Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held between 28th to 30th of November in Hyderabad will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Advisor to the US President, Ivanka Trump, who leads the U.S. delegation.
  • The summit is the preeminent annual gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

Airtel gets approval for Tigo Merger

  • Bharti Airtel has received Ghana’s National Communications Authority’s approval for the merger between Bharti Ghana (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana (Tigo), subject to certain conditions. This merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the country.
  • The merger was first announced in March this year.


Nobel Medicine Prize goes to US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young for insights into internal biological clock.

US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize today for shedding light on the internal biological clock that governs the wake-sleep cycles of most living things. Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth's revolutions. The award was announced by the Nobel Assembly.

The trio will share the prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor about 1.1 million US Dollars.

Classical singer Manik Bhide chosen for Bhimsen Joshi award

Noted vocalist Manik Bhide has been chosen for the prestigious Bharatratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award for year 2017-18 for her contribution in the field of music.


International Day of Non-Violence: 2 October

  • The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
  • According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

World Habitat Day: 2 October 2017

  • The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
  • Theme of World Habitat Day 2017 : “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”.

World Architecture Day: 2 October 2017

  • World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, was set up by the Union International des Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat”.
  • Theme of the World Architecture Day 2017 : “Climate Change Action !”


Samuel Newhouse, US media mogul who revamped ‘The New Yorker’, dies at 89.

  • The chairman of Conde Nast since 1975, Si Newhouse bought and remade ‘The New Yorker’ and ‘Details’ magazines and revived ‘Vanity Fair’.
  • Samuel ‘Si’ Newhouse Jr., the low-profile billionaire media mogul who ran the parent company of some of the United States’ most prestigious magazines, died on Sunday. He was 89.

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Rajnath Singh inaugurates 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority

The third edition of 'Women of India Organic Festival' to be inaugurated by Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi at Dilli Haat, INA

To celebrate and promote women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic sector from across India, the Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 3rd annual ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from October 1st to 15th, 2017, in New Delhi. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, will inaugurate the festival in the presence of Shri Virendra Kumar, Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development, on October 1 at Dilli Haat (INA).

Roll Out of ARPAN Version 3.0 for Defence Security Corps

Defence Security Corps personnel now have a software ‘ARPAN’ which shall ease personal documentation and all issues related to their progression. The ARPAN software consisting of seven modules facilitates end to end human resource, financial management of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks with major functional advantages of timely processing of postings, promotions, release of salary, publication of personal occurrences and processing of pension has been rolled out by DCOAS (IS &T) for the Defence Security Corps.

India Hosts Global Wildlife Programme to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

  • In an attempt to address illegal wildlife trade across 19 countries of Asia and Africa, India is hosting the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) jointly with World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the Global Wildlife Programme on October 2.
  • Coinciding with the ‘Wildlife Week’, the theme of the Conference is - “Peoples’ participation in wildlife conservation”

EC issues formal direction to use paper trail machines in all future polls

  • The Election Commission has issued formal direction to use paper trail machines in all future polls in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
  • In March, the then chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi had told political parties in a meeting that VVPAT machines will be used in all future elections. But now formal directions have been issued.
  • VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. It has only been used on trial basis in some places.


Karnataka to get new solar park soon

  • Located 180 km from Bengaluru and bordering Andhra Pradesh, the taluk is blessed with good sunshine for most part of the year. capitalising on this, it is now finding a place in the global green energy map, with the State government commencing the process of setting up a solar park, claimed to be the world’s largest, with an investment of Rs. 14,425 crore, including Central aid.
  • The solar park, spread over 13,000 acres across five villages of the taluk, will generate 2,000 MW of power by September 2018. In the first phase, to be ready by December, it would generate 600 MW.
  • With this and other solar projects, the State would become the number one State in solar power, with a generation of 3,000 MW by the end of December, officials of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) told.

Eastern Canal Project to link three rivers in Rajasthan

An Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, to be taken up shortly at a cost of Rs. 40,000 crore, will link the Kalisindh, Gambhiri and Parvati rivers and solve the drinking water problem in 13 districts, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has announced. The project will run concurrent to the ongoing Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (JSA) in the State.

Haryana govt to celebrate Oct.2 as International Day of Non-Violence

The Haryana government on Saturday said it has decided to celebrate International Day of Non Violence on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.


US halves Cuba diplomatic staff over mysterious 'attacks'

The US is withdrawing more than half of its personnel from the embassy in Havana in response to "specific attacks" targeting at least 21 of its staff, a senior State Department official said today.


'Highway projects to create jobs of 50 cr man-days in 4 yrs'

Highway projects of NHAI will help in creating employment of estimated 50 crore man-days in the next four years, the road and highways ministry said today.

EESL to procure 10,000 Electric Vehicles from TATA Motors

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited. The company was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors won the tender and will now supply the Electric Vehicles (EVs) in two phases – first 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase.
  • The tender floated by EESL is the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement. Three leading manufacturers – Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan participated in the tender and the bids for TATA Motors Limited and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) were opened.


International Day of Older Persons 2017

  • October 1 marks the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, which aims to raise awareness of how vital older people are as a part of the community and break down age discrimination.
  • The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.


President appoints five new Governors, Banwarilal Purohit made TN Guv

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed five new Governors for the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya.
  • Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as the governor of Tamil Nadu while Satyapal Malik would be the new governor of Bihar.
  • Jagdish Mukhi will take the place of Purohit as the Assam governor. Satya Pal Malik, former MP and BJP's national vice president, has been appointed the governor of Bihar. The post had fallen vacant after Kovind was nominated as the BJP's presidential candidate.
  • Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi will be the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in place of Mukhi, a press release issued by the president's office said. Former member of Bihar Legislative Council Ganga Prasad has been appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya. Brig (Retd) B D Mishra will be the governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the release said.

Shri R. K. Mishra takes over as DG, SSB

  • Shri Rajni Kant Mishra took over as Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) succeeding Smt. Archana Ramasundaram here today. He is a U.P. Cadre Police Officer of 1984 Batch. He is a Post Graduate in Science. He has served in different capacities in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Shri Mishra joined CBI in the year 2002 and worked there as DIG & IG till 2009. He joined Border Security Force (BSF) in June, 2013 and worked as IG/ADG BSF, Frontier Headquarters, Tripura and South Bengal. Before taking over the charge of DG, SSB, he was working as ADG, BSF Headquarters.
  • Shri R. K. Mishra is a recipient of Police Medal in 2003 and Prestigious President Police Medal in 2009.

BHU appoints Royana Singh as first woman proctor

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Thursday appointed Professor Royana Singh as its chief proctor. The appointment of Singh comes at a time when the university is under the scanner for compromising women's safety and security. She will be first women Chief Proctor of the Central University.


Vice President releases book 'Securing India: The Modi Way'

  • Senior Journalist Nitin Gokhale's book Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, surgical strikes and more was released by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.
  • The book sheds light on some national security and foreign policy initiatives, including the surgical strikes, of the Modi-led NDA government. The book dwells in detail about recent security challenges that were successfully thwarted by the Indian Army braves, including the Pathankot attack and the Doklam stand-off.


Noted actor Tom Alter passes away at 67

  • Padma Shri awardee and veteran theatre, film and television actor Tom Alter has passed away. He was 67. Indian actor of American descent, Alter was the son of American missionary parents. He was born in 1950 in Mussoorie. He studied at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and later at Pune's Film and Television Institute.
  • The actor appeared in over 300 films which included Satyajit Ray's acclaimed movie "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" and "Junoon". His first Hindi film to be released was Ramanand Sagar's Charas in 1976. His acting credits also include "Aashiqui", "Parinda", "Sardar Patel" and "Gandhi".

Veteran Assamese scribe Bhagawati passed away

Veteran journalist Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, editor of several Assamese newspapers and a Sahitya Akademi awardee, passed away on Saturday at a hospital here following protracted illness. He was 84. He began his career as a journalist as sub-editor in Notun Asomia in 1958. He later joined the magazine Ramdhenu and subsequently became its Editor.

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Rajnath Singh inaugurates 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated the 13th Formation Day of the National Disaster Management Authority in New Delhi.
  • The theme of this year's Formation Day is School Safety. NDMA released the National Disaster Management Guidelines on School Safety Policy in February, 2016 with an aim to strengthen the risk resilience of schools across the country.

190th Gunners Day Celebrated

Regiment of Artillery, one of the largest Arms of the Indian Army celebrated 190th Gunners’ Day on 28 September 2017. The Gunners’ Day is celebrated to commemorate the raising of the first Indian Artillery Unit namely, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery on this day in 1827.

Closing Ceremony Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017

  • Joint Indo US exercise, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 concluded on 27 September 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington, USA.
  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas is an annual bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the US and Indian Army partnership. The training was focused on specialised drills and procedures involved in counter insurgency, counter terrorist operations in an urban environment

Signing of Mou Between Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University
Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi recorded their mutual intent for academic collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel, in a MoU signed on 28 Sep 2017 between Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army) & Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU). The University agreed to recognise the in-service courses run by the Army. This would facilitate admission of defence personnel in second or third year Graduation/Post Graduation/Doctorate programme through the medium of distance learning. This would enable the soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.


Maharashtra's Dhule district to house 500 Mw solar park

The Maharashtra government, in a bid to strengthen its footing in the renewable energy segment, is planning to set up a 500-Mw solar park in Dhule district.


India to train Afghan police forces

India and Afghanistan exchanged a memorandum of understanding on Thursday which will see Afghan police forces trained in India for the first time. The agreement followed a meeting between Afghanistan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

India International Science Festival 2017: ‘Science for New India’

  • The 3rd edition of IISF 2017 will be held in Chennai during 13-16 October, 2017 at various venues which include Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and IIT-Madras.
  • The previous two editions of IISF held at New Delhi have been a great success.
  • Emphasizing the role of technologies and innovation, India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’.

India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018.

World heart day observed all over the world
The World Heart Foundation organises World Heart Day on September 29 every year. On this day, people are made aware about the importance of being active and staying informed about cardiovascular health and diseases.


World Gold Council to form panel for establishing spot gold bourse in India

  • The World Gold Council (WGC) plans to form a committee soon to help set up India’s first spot gold exchange within 12 to 18 months, a senior official of the industry body said on Thursday.
  • A dedicated exchange for physical gold is expected to pave the way for standard gold pricing practices in India, apart from bringing in transparency into a market which sees large cash transactions.
  • The Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) currently offer gold futures contracts in India, but do not have a platform for physical trade.

RBI increases foreign investor limits in G-secs

  • The Reserve Bank on Thursday increased foreign portfolio investors' investment limits in central and state government securities by an aggregate Rs 14,200 crore for the October-December period.
  • Limits for investment by FPIs for the December quarter have been increased by Rs 8,000 crore in Central government securities and by Rs 6,200 crore in state development loans, the central bank said in a notification.

India Inc's foreign borrowings nearly halve to $1.64bn in Aug
Indian Inc's foreign borrowings nearly halved to USD 1.64 billion in August this year, data from Reserve Bank showed today.


AAI’s Srinagar and Raipur Airports awarded as Best Airports under National Tourism Awards 2015-16

The Airports Authority of India’s Srinagar International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir and Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh have been jointly conferred with the prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16. The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award for Best Airport under ‘rest of India’ category at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th September, 2017.


Tata Capital names Rajiv Sabharwal as new CEO and MD

  • Tata Capital on Thursday named Rajiv Sabharwal as its next chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) who will take charge from April next year.
  • Sabharwal will join Tata Capital in January 2018 and would take over the position from current managing director & CEO Praveen P Kadle, Tata Capital said.


Facebook Unveils Blood Donation Features in India, Hopes to Connect Donors With Recipients 

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new initiative to increase blood donations in India, by connecting donors with those in need - whether individuals or organisations like hospitals and blood banks. Citing the 'shortage of safe blood' in India, Facebook said users in the country already use the social network to reach out for donors.


Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Playboy founder Hugh M Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolised by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91.

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2017 World Tourism Day celebrated on theme of “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”

  • This year’s World Tourism Day, held on 27 September, is focused on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on September 27, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force. Peace and Dialogue, Energy, Accessibility, World Heritage and Water and Tourism have been some of the topics tackled on the 37 previous editions of World Tourism Day.

President launches Incredible India 2.0 Campaign; ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project on World Tourism Day.

  • Incredible India 2.0 campaign will be focusing on specific promotional plans, with greater emphasis to be given to social media, whereas, ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities.
  • The President on 37th edition of “World Tourism Day” also launched “New Incredible India Website”.

Govt constitutes high-level forum on 5G India 2020

  • Government has constituted high-level 5G India 2020 Forum with three Secretaries of key Ministries/Departments Telecom, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science & Technology (DST).
  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which will finalise the standards, has already proposed key performance requirements for the fifth-generation mobile technology. Under the 5G technology, the government aims to deliver about 10,000 megabit per second (10 gbps) in urban areas and 1,000 mbps (1 gbps) in rural areas.

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah arrived in New Delhi today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with Dr. Abdullah to strengthen strategic partnership with the close neighbouring country. Dr Abdullah will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day.

Cabinet approves Enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years.

Cabinet approves bilateral MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing an MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development.
  • The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improving the security apparatus in the region.

Cabinet approves signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between India and Belarus on investments

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the India and Belarus on Investments.
  • The Treaty is likely to increase investment flows between the two countries. The agreement is expected to improve the confidence of the investors resulting in an increase in FDI and Overseas Director Investment (ODI) opportunities and this will have a positive impact on employment generation.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed on 12th September, 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.
  • The MoU will promote bilateral relationship between India and Belarus and it is envisaged to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in oil and natural gas sector. Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream activities, capacity building, technology transfer, enhanced oil recovery and development of mature fields in India.

Cabinet approves Agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media” between India and Ethiopia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to sign the Agreement between India and Ethiopia on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media”. It aims to harness the growing power of Information, Communication and Media for information dissemination and enhancing outreach between the two countries for inclusive development. It will also enhance people to people contact through exchange programmes. It would also provide an opportunity for both the nations to share best practices and new innovations in the field of Information, Communication & Media.

Railways to soon introduce innovative techniques to eliminate rail accidents.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that innovative techniques are soon being introduced to eliminate rail accidents. These include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS (Train Protection and Warning System) and MTRC (Mobile Train Radio Communication).

Union Cabinet approves 25 thousand crore rupee scheme for modernization of state police forces in next three years

  • The Cabinet Committee on Security today approved the implementation of an umbrella scheme for modernization of state police forces in the next three years.
  • The internal security, law and order, women security, weapons procurement, hiring of helicopters and other requirements will be covered under the scheme.
  • T scheme has three thousand core rupees as central assistance for 35 worst Left Wing Extremism affected districts. Mr. Singh said, it will also have 100 crore rupees outlay for North Eastern States for police infrastructure up-gradation, training institutes and  investigation facilities.

Cabinet approves signing of (i) Inter-bank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum relating to Credit Ratings by EXIM Bank under BRICS Interbank Cooperation mechanism

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of the (i) Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member banks under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism. As both the Agreement and the MoU are umbrella pacts, and are non-binding in nature, the Board of Directors of Exim Bank has been authorized to negotiate and conclude any individual contracts and commitments within their framework.

 CARA launches monthly “Jan Sampark” Program to facilitate adoption

  • The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development has started a monthly “Jan Sampark” program to enable the public to have interaction with its officials and staff for seeking information related to Adoption as well as flagging their concerns.
  • The first of its kind programme was held in New Delhi yesterday. Nearly 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), Adoptive Parents and representatives of agencies participated in the session, which lasted for more than four hours.


A.P. opts for green fleet of e-buses

  • A week after Himachal Pradesh flagged off India’s first commercial electric bus (e-bus) service on the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang pass, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has set in motion plans to replicate similar e-bus services in the State, starting with the ghat road connecting Tirupati and Tirumala.
  • While Himachal Pradesh started off with 25 e-buses, APSRTC plans to start operations with 50. The buses are manufactured by the Hyderabad-based Goldstone Infratech Limited.


US slaps sanctions on eight North Korean banks, 26 executives

The US imposed sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 bank executives, ratcheting up pressure on the country amid increasingly bellicose exchanges with Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. All property and interest of the designated companies and individuals in the US are blocked by the sanctions.

Kurd voted for seperated nation

  • Initial results of Monday’s vote indicated 72% of eligible voters had taken part and an overwhelming majority, possibly over 90%, had said “yes”, Kurdish TV channel Rudaw said. Final results are expected by Wednesday.
  • The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held northern Iraq on Tuesday and Turkey threatened sanctions after a referendum in the region showed strong support for independence.


StanC, Citi become shareholders in Swift India

  • Standard Chartered and Citibank have picked up stake in global financial messaging service Swift's local arm, becoming the first foreign lenders to invest in the platform.
  • Swift India was formed in 2012 as a joint venture between the global cooperative Swift Scril and nine leading domestic banks.
  • Other lender shareholders in the company include Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and Union Bank of India.

Govt to set up panel to ease regulatory hurdles

  • The government has decided to form a review committee to examine and bring down the regulatory issues faced by industry. The meeting was chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • The new committee, set up under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) secretary, will lead to better ways for implementing the ease of doing business norms.

India remain at No. 40 on WEF’s global competitiveness rankings

  • India remains the most competitive country in South Asia, appearing at No. 40 in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The ranking is one lower than last year’s, but the two rankings are not comparable because of a change in the methodology, WEF said.
  • WEF said India’s score is its highest ever according to the current methodology, which ranked Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy.

ADB lowers India growth forecast for FY18

  • Asian Development Bank has downgraded India's growth projection to seven per cent for the current fiscal year, while lowering its forecast for the next financial year as well.
  • "India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is downgraded to seven per cent in financial year 2017-18, a 0.4 percentage point drop from the April forecast. In financial year 2018-19, the forecast is adjusted down to 7.4 per cent, from 7.6 per cent," ADB said in its Asian Development Outlook 2017 update.

Indirect tax share in GDP at all-time high of 10.5%

There has been a steady rise in indirect taxes (net of subsidies) in recent years, pushing up retail prices of commonly used goods and services. The combined share of Customs and excise duties, service tax, and value-added tax (VAT) in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached an all-time high of 10.5% during the financial year 2016-17, up from 7.7% three year ago. The previous high was 10.1% during the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1987-88.


ICC's new playing rules to come into effect on Thursday

  • To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness will now be restricted.
  • In a new playing condition pertaining to players' conduct, a player can now be sent off the field for the rest of the match for any serious misconduct. "...meaning it will apply to Level 4 offences while the Level 1 to 3 offences will continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.
  • Also, in the new the DRS rules a review will now not be lost in case of a decision that remains unchanged, solely as the result of an 'umpire's call'.

Louisville ground to be named after Gavaskar

A cricket ground in Louisville, Kentucky USA — known as the hometown of celebrated professional boxer and sports icon Mohammad Ali — is to be named after India’s legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar.

Sumit Nagal bags golds in men's singles tennis event at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

Sumit Nagal bagged the men's singles gold medal in the tennis event of Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games with a dominating win over compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan today. Nagal outplayed Prashanth 6-1, 6-1 in the all-Indian final as he broke him five times in the match.


President of India presents the National Tourism Awards

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Tourism Awards today (September 27, 2017) at a function held in New Delhi.
  • Kerala Tourism bagged nine wards in various segments of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry for 2015-16 at a function organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism on World Tourism Day in New Delhi on Wednesday.
  • Kerala Tourism received the ‘hall of fame’ award for the ‘most innovative use of information technology - social media / mobile app’ for the ninth consecutive year for tourism promotion using the services of IT solution provider Invis Multimedia.
  • Gujarat Tourism won the Hall of Fame award for being the Best State in Comprehensive Development of Tourism category at the function.
  • In the ‘niche’ category, Kumarakom got the award for the best responsible tourism initiative.

10 scientists won the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

  • Ten scientists were announced winners of the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize at a function presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The winners this year for the Biological Sciences are Deepak Nair at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, and Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi; Chemical Sciences, Naresh Patwari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Earth Sciences, Suresh Babu, VSSC, Thiruvanantha-puram; Engineering Services, Aloke Paul and Neelesh Mehta, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.


India Mobile Congress 2017 started in New Delhi

  • India’s first ever mobile, internet and technology event on a global scale, the Mobile India Congress 2017, kicked off in New Delhi on Wednesday with an aim to foster digital inclusion in India.
  • The event was inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge) Communications, Manoj Sinha, who also echoed on the need for digitisation for India’s development.
  • Led by Department of Telecom as the nodal ministry, the India Mobile Congress is being organised by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the industry association of mobile and telecom operators and internet companies will be a congregation to display, discuss, unveil, imbibe, educate and recognise the importance of the global and Indian telecommunications, mobile, internet, connectivity and digital services sector to the world.

’Lost city’ of Alexander the Great found in Iraq

  • Archaeologists have discovered a city in Iraq that is thought to have been founded by Alexander the Great and was lost for more than 2,000 years.
  • Researchers at the British Museum in London used drones to find the remains of Qalatga Darband, a fortified settlement in northern Iraq with a thriving wine trade, that went unrecorded in history.

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Deadline for obtaining Aadhaar extended by three months

  • The Centre on Wednesday extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31.
  • The extension is, however, only for those who are yet to apply of Aadhaar, an order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said.

Vice-President inaugurates a “Crusade for Toilets” in Karnataka

The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, today inaugurated the “Swachhta Hi Seva” and “Shouchalayakkagi Samara” (A Crusade For Toilets) Programme in Karnataka.

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan launches “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System”

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution today launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) & “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System” in New Delhi, today.

Union Home Minister launches Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal at the National Conference on Child Labour organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
  • The PENCIL is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and the general public in achieving the target of child labour free society.
  • Shri Rajnath Singh also launched the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the enforcement of legal framework against child labour. The SOP is aimed at creating a ready reckoner for trainers, practitioners and monitoring agencies to ensure complete prohibition of child labour and protection of adolescents from hazardous labour ultimately leading to Child Labour Free India.

Shri R K Singh inaugurates workshop on “Waste to Energy” as a part of “Swachchata Hi Sewa” campaign

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh inaugurated a Workshop on “Waste to Energy” – Swachchata Se Swachh Urja. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as a part of “Swachchata Hi Sewa” campaign.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot launchs ‘Divyang Sarathi’—Accessible and Comprehensive Mobile Application for easy information dissemination to ‘Divyangjans’

  • Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the Beta version of ‘Divyang Sarathi’—The accessible and comprehensive mobile application for easy dissemination of information to ‘Divyangjans’.
  • This mobile application aims at providing all relevant information pertaining to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, including its various acts, rules, regulations and guidelines, schemes, information about the various outreach institutions, employment opportunities, and the disability market in an accessible format.

Jaitley to inaugurate India-Afghan trade show tomorrow

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah will inaugurate an India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show ''Passage to Prosperity'' tomorrow.


Karnataka Cabinet approves Bill against superstition

The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved the much-delayed and debated Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 — better known as the anti-superstition Bill — which seeks to ban among other practices the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual (devotees rolling over plantain leaves having food leftovers) in public/religious places.

Maharashtra signs pact with South Korea for infra projects

The Maharashtra government today signed an MoU with South Korea for increased co-operation in infrastructure projects like development of smart cities, roads, airports and metros on the first day of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' visit to that country.


interpol accepts palestine as member

  • Interpol has voted to admit Palestine as a full member, dealing a significant diplomatic blow to Israel, which has strenuously lobbied against Palestinian admission.
  • In a secret vote of representatives of the international police organisation’s members in China, Palestinian membership was approved by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions – exceeding the two-thirds requirement of yes to no votes.
  • Set up almost a century ago, Interpol was designed to help countries share police intelligence and cooperate against crime that crosses international borders, including terrorism and human trafficking,. It now has 192 international members.

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thailand PM, gets 5-year jail term for negligence

Thailand's ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday after the country's highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme.

Nooyi, Kochhar, Shikha on Fortune’s most powerful women in business list

  • Two Indians — Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma — have made it to the rankings of most powerful women in business outside the United States drawn up by the Fortune magazine while Indra Nooyi featured in the top three on the US edition list.
  • The Most Powerful Women in Business Outside the US list, which was topped by Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botin, placed ICICI Bank’s Kochhar at the fifth spot while Axis Bank’s Sharma has been ranked 21st.
  • PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi came in at No. 2 on the US Most Powerful Women in Business list, led by General Motors chairman and CEO Mary Barra. Lockheed Martin chairman, president and CEO Marillyn Hewson took the third spot.

Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban

Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have hailed King Salman's decree allowing women to drive for the first time. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving - and women are still subject to strict dress codes and gender segregation. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.

Fiji, Niger and Tuvalu deposited instrument of ratification of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance

  • Fiji, Niger and Tuvalu deposited instrument of ratification of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in the 5th meeting of International Steering Committee (ISC) of the ISA that was held in New Delhi yesterday .
  • In this meeting representatives from 121 prospective member countries, who either completely or partially lie between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn participated. The meeting was Chaired by Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
  • Till date 40 countries have signed and 11 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of the ISA. With ratifications by 15 countries, the ISA will become a treaty based inter-governmental international organization.


GST yields Rs 90,669 crore in August

Total GST collection for August touched Rs 90,669 crore, against Rs 94,063 crore mopped up in the first month of the new indirect tax regime rollout.


Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurates National workshop on “Sports for All” in New Delhi

A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized with the participation of about 80 representatives from Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports , Sports Authority of India, National Observers , National Sports Federations of high priority and priority disciplines, SGFI and AIUs, Sports Secretaries of the States and the Union Territories, Sports promotion Boards and Sports promotion NGOs.


FHRAI appoints Garish Oberoi as president

  • The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has appointed Garish Oberoi as its president for 2017-18, the apex industry body said in a statement.
  • Founded in 1955 by Oberoi group founder Rai Bahadur MS Oberoi, FHRAI is the apex body of the Indian hospitality industry representing hotels, restaurants and associates across the country.


Twitter scraps 140-character limit

  • Twitter on Tuesday announced that it is doubling its character limit to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. In an official blog post, the company announced that the feature is being availed by a small group of people for testing.
  • At its inception, a tweet, modelled after an SMS message, was restricted to 140 characters. Over the years, Twitter found ways to sneak in a few more characters, first by excluding any form of media and later the @reply from the character count.

New snake species found in western Ghat

  • Scientists have described a new species of non-venomous endemic snake, Aquatic Rhabdops, from the northern Western Ghats.
  • The three-foot-long nocturnal snake hunts for prey underwater, says a study published recently in Zootaxa, a journal that publishes new species descriptions. Interestingly, while adults of the Aquatic Rhabdops have off-white bellies and black spots on their olive brown skin, juveniles are olive green, with yellow undersides. This colour difference in life stages could possibly be due to the different local habitats, say the scientists.


Veteran freedom fighter passes away

  • Veteran freedom fighter Suryamani Panda died of old age related problems at the government district headquarters hospital here, family sources said on Wednesday.
  • Mr Panda, who participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942, was suffering from old age related problem and his condition became serious since August 22, sources said. He was vice-president of All India Freedom Fighters’ Samity and working president of the State Freedom Fighters’ Samity. He was imprisoned by the British.