Wednesday, 26 October 2016


India-Special-Important-Daily-NEWS-IN-HINDI -26-10-2016
GANGTOK:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 1200 MW Teesta Stage III Hydro Electric Project in Sikkim, all 6 units of which are expected to be ready for commissioning by the end of this year. PM Modi gave this assurance to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling when he called on the Prime Minister at his residence in New Delhi, an official release said in Gangtok. Teesta

Implementation of the contentious no-detention policy which does not allow any child to be failed till Class VIII will now be left to the discretion of different states. The Central Advisory Board of Education which is the country's top education advisory body has made that recommendation today at its annual meet. The no-detention policy has been blamed for a drop in learning outcomes and to
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on launched the SMS alert service for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) for salaried class and the CBDT will soon offer this facility on a monthly basis.  Jaitley said salaried class cannot afford to pay tax twice or indulge in litigations and hence they should be kept updated about their TDS deductions. Hence tax payers will benefit if they receive information through use of
Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa was acquitted along with his family members by a special CBI court on Wednesday, in a Rs 40 crore bribery case related to the alleged grant of favours to a JSW Steel affiliate to mine iron ore.Yeddyurappa, his two sons, a son-in-law, steel major JSW Steel and four Bellary-based JSW Steel affiliates were cleared of criminal
The Uttarakhand High Court on 25 October 2016 ordered a complete ban on the sale of whitener in the state. The decision came following the death of a teenager (14-year-old) in Bhowali town of Nainital district after he sniffed an excess of whitener for a kick. The single bench of Justice Rajeev Sharma directed the state government to put a complete ban on its sale. Besides, the court also ordered that
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES:  A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal, the largest such automaker settlement in history. The buyback deal at the same time also resolved some claims brought by US and California environmental regulators who had sought penalties for Volkswagen's violations of
WASHINGTON:  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have started planting their third on-orbit crop of red romaine lettuce, NASA said. "Early this morning, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough initiated the Veg-03 experiment, one of his first science assignments as a new crew member aboard the orbiting laboratory," the US space agency said in a statement on Wednesday. Astronomers are using a
An American team of robots have defeated their Australian rivals in a game of football to win the RoboCup Challenge after technical problems plagued the Australian side. The University of Texas at Austin’s Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales’ Runswift 7-3 during China’s World Robot Conference. Jeremy Collette, from the University of New South Wales in Australia, bemoaned

A day after Tata Group abruptly replaced Cyrus Mistry as chairman, Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, and N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD of TCS was appointed as Additional Directors on the Tata Sons Board. “Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, and Mr N Chandrasekaran, CEO & Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), have been appointed as Additional Directors
India-born Rajeev Misra in the third week of October 2016 was appointed the SoftBank Vision Fund, constituted by Japanese telecom and Internet major Softbank Corp. The SoftBank Vision Fund intends to make investments in the technology sector globally. It is managed in the United Kingdom by a subsidiary of the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG). It is reportedly one of the world's largest of its kind and
The first cross-border transaction between banks using multiple blockchain applications has taken place, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Wells Fargo & Co said , resulting in a shipment of cotton to China from the United States. Australian cotton trader Brighann Cotton Marketing bought the shipment bound for the port city Qingdao from U.S. division Brighann Cotton in Texas, the companies
Road and inland water communication in Assam is set to improve in the wake of the Centre deciding to invest nearly Rs 1 lakh crore to improve connectivity.Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari announced this while discussing several issues related to improvement of transport communication with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi. An official release

Finolex Industries Ltd, one of the leading suppliers of PVC pipes & fittings for the agriculture and non-agricultural sectors in India, has been awarded with the national record certificate by The Limca Book of Records for conducting the largest number of plumbers meets organised simultaneously across 26 states and 58 cities. The activity, which was carried out on the occasion of World Plumbing Day on
Queen Latifah received the highest honour of the Princess Grace Awards for her contribution to the arts. The "Chicago" actress was handed the Prince Rainier III Award, named after the husband of late actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, for giving back to the arts community. She was chosen for the honour by the executives of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which awards grants and
Portugal’s Renato Sanches on 24 October 2016 was awarded the 2016 European Golden Boy award. Sanches will be handed a trophy at a Monte Carlo ceremony. He defeated Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Bayern's Kingsley Coman and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to bag the prize. Sanches was selected following a vote by journalists from 30 newspapers across Europe to name the
Paul Beatty on 25 October 2016 became the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize. He won the award for his racial satire, 'The Sellout' at a ceremony in London's Guildhall. the novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Chair of the Judges, Amanda Foreman, said the book managed to eviscerate every social taboo. Beatty
RSPB finished on top in all three sections -- men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and Female wrestling -- at the Senior (men's and women's) National Wrestling championship at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh. RSPB wrestlers, who dominated the competition, bagged maximum medals on the final day of the tournament as well to emerge triumphant across all three sections. Grapplers representing RSPB -- Lalita (women's

Moscow: Suspended Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was removed from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, according to a report on the organisation's website on Monday.Last week, Sharapova, 29, was in 93rd place in the rankings, reports Efe.  She is serving a two-year suspension for the violation of anti-doping regulations since January 26. However, the Swiss-
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on 21 October 2016 unveiled the Official Mascot for the 2018 World Cup. The Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is named Zabivaka, which means ‘the one who scores’ in Russian. The mascot is the wolf developed by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova. The selected mascot had received 53 per cent of the votes, followed by
NEW DELHI: An afforestation campaigner on Tuesday moved the National Green Tribunal challenging the forest clearance granted by Karnataka government for construction of Phase-I of the Rs 12,912 crore Yettinahole project, prompting the green panel to seek response from the Centre and others. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of

SYDNEY: More corals are dying and others are succumbing to disease and predators after the worst-ever bleaching on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Wednesday. A swathe of corals bleached in the northern third of the 2,300-kilometre (1,429-mile) long biodiverse site off the Queensland state coast died after an unprecedented bleaching earlier this year as sea temperatures

MoU signed for establishing India-Vanuatu Centre of Excellence in IT in Vanuatu. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal led a thirteen-member Indian delegation to Republic of Vanuatu on 25-26th October, 2016. During this visit, the Minister held meetings with H.E. Mr. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Republic of
Taiwan has announced a simplified group visa policy to encourage tourist groups from Southeast Asian countries, including India and Indonesia, to visit the nation. The group visa is free of cost for five or more people and is aimed at promoting Taiwan as a destination for exhibitions and conferences. Taiwan is also being promoted as a locale for shooting movies. The two-way traffic is also set to increase
NEW DELHI: Russia has unveiled the first image of its beast of a nuclear missile called the RS-28 Sarmat, also known as Satan-2. It is Russia’s new super-heavy thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which can wipe out parts of the earth the size of Texas and France, according to Russia’s Zvezda TV channel. The missile is capable of targeting major cities of the UK and other

The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka from 24 October to 06 November 2016. The main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate. A

Indian Naval Ship Sumitra, an offshore patrol vessel, has arrived at Suva, Fiji today on a three day visit from 26 to 29 Oct 16, as part of her operational deployment to Southern Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, in pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and outreach to friendly countries. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing maritime security cooperation between the two countries.
After pinning its hopes on a significant improvement in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, India has managed to move up by only one rank in the Doing Business Report 2017. India’s position on seven out of 10 parameters also went down, compared to the previous year's rankings. The government said the ranking failed to take into account the various reform initiatives undertaken by

A majority of Indian firms have voluntarily set up emission reduction targets prodded by growing benefits from reduced carbon emissions. Of the 69 Indian firms examined by the carbon disclosure project, a global non-profit firm assessing the work of companies worldwide in the area of climate change, over 80 per cent are in the process of implementing emission reduction targets, a report

India has climbed 21 spots to rank 87th on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2016. In 2015, it was ranked 108th. The improvement in ranking, the report says, is driven largely by major improvements in education, where it has managed to close its gap entirely in primary and secondary education. With this jump in ranking, India has now overtaken China which is ranked 99th
NEW YORK:  Efforts to close gender gaps in pay and workforce participation slowed so dramatically in the past year that men and women may not reach economic equality for another 170 years, the World Economic Forum said on Tuesday. Statistics just a year ago predicted the economic gap between genders could close in 118 years, but progress has decelerated, stalled or reversed in nations
TORONTO:  Dismissing a common perception that dinosaurs were solitary, vicious monsters, researchers have found evidence that just like most modern animals, these gigantic creatures too loved company and they lived and died together in groups. "The common mythology of dinosaurs depicts solitary, vicious monsters running around eating everything," said one of the researchers Gregory
India is becoming more generous with larger number of people stepping up to support others in tough times, according to a new study that shows the country climbing up the World Giving Index of global generosity.  According to the Index that is compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), India has re-entered the list of top 100 most generous countries, by occupying the 91st rank as opposed to the
Renowned Kashmiri singer Raj Begum passed away on Wednesday, 26 October. She was 89.News agency ANI reported that Begum had been ill over a prolonged period of time leading up to her death. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, as well as their children. Born to Ghulam Rasool Sheikh of Srinagar in March 1927, Raj Begum began singing from a very early age, reported The Kashmir
Jorge Batlle, a veteran politician who was the fourth member of his Catalan immigrant family to be president of Uruguay, died a day before his 89th birthday. A centrist leader of the right-wing Colorado Party, he sought closer ties and free trade pacts with the United States during his 2000-2005 presidency that was also marked by one of the South American country’s worst-ever financial

The mortal remains of freedom fighter and Gandhian Narayana Pillai, 93, were cremated at the courtyard of his ancestral home, Eeswaravilasom, at Nellimukal, near Adoor, on Tuesday. He was the former president of the Sarvodaya Mandalam. He died due to age-related illness on Monday. He is survived by wife Sulochana Amma and three children. District Collector R.Girija paid tributes to the

Mumbai: Pop singer Pete Burns, the founder of the group Dead Or Alive, has died at the age of 57 from a cardiac arrest. Burns was catapulted to fame in 1985 with the huge success of the group's single 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)', and later participated in the 2006 edition of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, in which he finished fifth. "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our

Carlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a heart attack. The marauding right-back scored Brazil's fourth goal in their 4-1 win over Italy in Mexico’s Azteca Stadium, a thumping drive that ended a move involving nine players, before hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy as Brazil won the
Six Indian films have bagged eight major nominations in the 10th edition of Asia Pacific Screen awards this year. Bollywood thriller “Psycho Raman,” directed by Anurag Kashyap and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been nominated in three categories including best actor, achievement in cinematography and achievement in directing. In the best performance by an actor category, Nawazuddin is up
The Union Telecom Ministry has formed a committee to look into the regulator TRAI’s recommendation of a Rs. 3,050 crore penalty on top three telcos — Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. The committee has been asked to give a report on the recommendations soon likely to be before 15 November 2016. What is the case? Earlier TRAI had recommended Department of Telecom to impose
The Centre has constituted a Committee headed by Joint Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (DADF) to maintain constant vigil on the situation arising out of avian influenza (H5N8). The Committee will have representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Department of Agriculture Research and Extension
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met meet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Wednesday. Both leaders held bilateral talks on the issues of mutual interests on trade, renewable energy and defence. India and New Zealand also exchanged agreements and issue a joint statement. Addressing media after meeting New Zealand PM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he
New Revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Republic of Korea comes into force with effect from 12th September, 2016; Will have effect in India in respect of income derived in fiscal years beginning on or after 1st April, 2017. A new revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Korea for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention

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