Friday, 30 December 2016


India-Special-Important-Daily-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -30-12-2016
 PM launches Mobile App –BHIM to enable easier digital transactions Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended the Digi-Dhan Mela in Delhi's Talkatora stadium where he launched a Mobile App -BHIM, to enable easier digital payments & transactions. The Prime Minister also made payment to Khadi using the newly launched app. The Bhim app can be downloaded through android app store.

Shri Thawarchand Gehlot Launches ‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of ‘National Trust’ on its Foundation Day’ Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the ‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of the National Trust at a function to mark the ‘National Trust Foundation Day’  on the theme “Celebrating Inclusion” here today. Ministers of State for Social Justice
Government- proposes -setting- up- Financial -Data- Management -Centre The Union Government has proposed setting up Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) based on recommendation of a committee set up under the Department of Economic Affairs (DEC). The Committee was headed by Ajay Tyagi, Additional Secretary in Union Finance Ministry and has
Railways announce 10 per cent rebate in vacant train berths  Worried over many unoccupied seats in Mail/Express trains, railways today announced 10 per cent rebate for vacant berths after finalisation of the reservation charts from January one. Worried over many unoccupied seats in Mail/Express trains, railways today announced 10 per cent rebate for vacant berths after finalisation of

Pakistan Senate panel approves Benami Transactions Prohibition Bill Islamabad, Dec. 30: An opposition-dominated Pakistan Senate panel has approved the Benami Transactions Prohibition Bill while withdrawing all objections, particularly to the proposal of confiscation of property.  The Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue passed the bill, which after approval of the upper house
Colombia passes FARC amnesty law Colombia’s Congress passed a law granting amnesty to Marxist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels as part of historic peace deal reached between rebels and Government. The Senate passed the bill 69-0 votes after the House of Representatives approved it by 121-0 votes. This is another step to formally end to 52 years of Columbian civil war
 New tech to make credit cards, mobile transactions hack proof! Scientists are developing better ways to prevent everyday radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology used in passports, credit cards and mobile transactions from being hacked. The technology, which allows fast, automated identification of physical objects, is also a staple for many industries - factories and warehouses use it
Coach names Selena Gomez as brand ambassador Marketer of luxury accessories and lifestyle brands Coach Inc. has named actor and singer Selena Gomez has its brand ambassador and to begin with, Gomez will appear in Coach’s fall 2017 fashion campaign. In addition, Gomez will be associated with the Coach Foundation, which works towards empowering teen girls from under resourced
India's first transgender college principal resigns KRISHNAGAR: India's first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at "non-cooperation" of a section of teachers and students of her institution. Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta on Thursday said he had received her letter of
Mithun Chakraborty's resignation from Rajya Sabha accepted Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has accepted the resignation of Bollywood actor and Trinamool Congress MP Mithun Chakraborty's resignation from the Upper House, sources said today..Mr Chakraborty had recently sent his resignation to Dr Ansari due to health reasons.The Bollywood actor had offered to resign from his

Suresh Kalmadi Declines IOA’s Life Time Presidency Proposal Suresh Kalmadi has refused to accept the post of life president with the Indian Olympic Association following a notice from the Sports Ministry to the IOA. The former IOA presidents Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala were unanimously appointed IOA life presidents on December 27 by 150 members. Objecting the

RuPay card usage at PoS terminals surges 7 times after demonetisation: NPCI Mumbai: Demonetisation has boosted the digital platforms for payment, which has helped the National Payments Corporation’s (NPC) RuPay card usage at merchant terminals soar seven times since 8 November, taking the daily volumes to over 2.1 million. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)-administered retail
South Indian Bank Introduces SIB Mirror+ App for NRIs  Kerala headquartered South Indian Bank has launched a full-fledged NRI-focused mobile banking application called SIB Mirror+ across major mobile platforms.  SIB Mirror+ enables the customers to perform almost all banking transactions from their smart phones. The app has self-registration facility for ease of activation and uses NEFT facility
Rabi Crops Sowing Crosess 582 Lakh Hactare As per preliminary reports received from the States, the total area sown under Rabi crops as on 30th December, 2016 stands at 582.87 lakh hectares as compared to 545.46 lakh hectare this time in 2015. Wheat has been sown/transplanted in 292.39 lakh hectares, rice in 10.68 lakh hectares, pulses in 148.11 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 52.21 lakh
Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme- 2016 extended up to 31st January, 2017 In view of the representations received from various stakeholders and for the convenience of the taxpayers, the last date for availing the Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2016 (the Scheme)  has been extended up to 31st January, 2017. The scheme was to close on 31st December, 2016.    

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance releases Quarterly Statistics on India’s External Debt for the Quarters at end-September 2016; India’s External Debt at end-September 2016 stock stood at US$ 484.3 billion, recording a decline of US$ 0.8 billion (0.2 per cent) over the level at end-March 2016 .Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has been compiling and
Sugar mills produce about 66 Lakh MT of sugar so far Sugar production expected to be about 22.5 million MT by the end of the season .During the current Sugar Season 2016-17, the sugar mills of the country have commenced the crushing operation smoothly and  have produced about 66 Lakh MT of sugar so far. The sugar production is expected to be about 22.5 million MT by the end of the season.

CBDT inks 2 unilateral APAs with taxpayers The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed two unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers pertain to the Information Technology and automobile sectors. The international transactions covered in these two agreements include software development services, IT enabled services (ITES), manufacturing and business
FIPB clears 6 FDI proposals worth Rs 1,200 crore The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has approved six Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposals worth Rs 1,200 crore. Decision in this regard was taken by FIPB meeting headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. It has approved the proposals of, Star Den Media Services, Sanofi Synthelabo India, Idea Cellular

Arunachal CM, 6 legislators suspended In a sudden development, the Peoples' Party of Arunachal temporarily suspended Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and five other party MLAs from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect for alleged anti-party activities. The five other MLAs are Jambey Tashi from Lumla, Passang Dorjee Sona from
SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS 2016'S TOP-GROSSING ACTOR Scarlett Johansson narrowly topped her Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. to become 2016's top-grossing actor.According to Forbes, which calculated the global ticket sales of actors’ movies released this year, Johansson brought in $1.2 billion at the box office thanks largely to her role as Black Widow in Captain
Real Madrid’s Ronaldo honoured at Globe Soccer Awards 
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best Player of the Year along with Goodwill Award at the seventh edition of the 2016 Globe Soccer Awards held in Dubai on December 27, 2016.Besides, Club’s president Florentino Pérez was named as the Best President and the coach of the club, Fernando
Solanki clinches gold in Sr National Weightlifting Vishal Solanki of RSPB won the gold in men's 105kg category on day four of the Senior National Weightlifting Championships here today. Solanki lifted 150kg in snatch and 180kg in clean and jerk for a total of 330kg to bag the gold.V A Christopher of Tamil Nadu and Chandrakant Mali of Services took the silver and bronze respectively with efforts of
Khandu lauds Deru for breaking national record ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today congratulated state's weightlifter Jimjang Deru for setting a new national record and becoming the senior national champion in clean and jerk event under 62 Kg category of weightlifting. In his appreciation letter to Deru, Khandu wrote, "I am elated by the news of you making
Gujarat’s Pruthviraj Ayachi equals the score of Olympic Gold Medalist to win Championship
Gujarat based Pruthviraj Ayachi, won the gold medal in the finals of junior men’s 50M Rifle Prone event at the National Shooting Championship in Pune.  A 16-year-old shooter shot 209.5 in the finals, equaling the score of the Olympic champion H Junghaenel of Germany who shot the same score by
47 of 68 fish species in India under threat, says study MUMBAI: More fish species on the east coast, especially in the waters off Odisha and West Bengal, are highly vulnerable to climate change, according to a first-of-its-kind assessment by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).
That vulnerability stems not only from changes in climate but from fishing pressure and lower
Scientists discover 163 new species in Greater Mekong region: WWF BANGKOK: A rainbow-headed snake and a dragon-like lizard are among 163 new species that scientists recently discovered in the Greater Mekong region, conservation group WWF said on Monday, adding rapid development in the area, from dams to mines, was threatening wildlife survival. The discoveries, published in a report
Facebook’s Oculus has acquired an eye-tracking startup called The Eye Tribe The virtual reality company of Facebook, Oculus has acquired  eye-tracking software company The Eye Tribe for an undisclosed amount on December 29, 2016.
About The Eye Tribe:
Chinese E-Commerce Firm Alibaba To set up Office in Mumbai Chinese major e-commerce entity, Alibaba is to set up its first Indian office at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, to take the advantage of the growing e-commerce market in the city.  The company has rented 3,221 sq ft of office space at Platina building owned by the The Alibaba's Chairman Jack Ma appointed adviser to UN
Government removes minimum export price on potato
The central government removed the minimum export price (MEP) of potato from December 29, 2016.
MEP of USD 360 per tonne on potato had imposed to increase domestic availability and cool prices in July 2016. India was the world’s second largest potato producer at 48 million tonnes (mt) in 2014-15.
BHEL Commissions 600 MW Coal Based Thermal Power Plant in Telangana
India’s second largest coal mining company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (Bhel) on December 29  informed that it has successfully commissioned second 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Telangana. The first unit of the project was commissioned in March 2016. The project has been

 U.S. Expels 35 Russian diplomats In a strong response to election hacking, US President Barack Obama has sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials while expelling 35 Russian officials and shutting down two Russian-owned compounds in the US. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date over Russia's involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in
Darul Uloom fatwa approves triple talaq over phone New Delhi: Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a ‘fatwa’ saying triple ‘talaq’ over phone is legal from the Islamic point of view. The issue of triple talaq (saying the word divorce three times in succession) has been much debated lately, and the recent ruling by the Islamic school came in the wake of Naseem Ahmad, Chairperson of the National Commission
Turkish parliamentary panel approves constitutional reform  Ankara, Dec 30 (IANS) A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday approved the controversial constitutional reform for introducing a presidential system, and it will now be put to vote in the coming weeks.After the commission approved 18 of the 21 articles proposed by the ruling Islamist party AKP, the general assembly could debate the
Egypt Cabinet Approves Saudi Border Pact as Court Ruling Nears Egypt’s government approved a maritime border deal that transfers two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia and triggered the largest protests during President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s rule.The cabinet on Thursday referred the agreement, which is currently being disputed in Egyptian courts, to parliament for approval, according to an e-
India eases Visa Procurement Process for Bangladesh
In an effort to ease the process of securing Indian Visas for Bangladesh visitors, the High Commission of India will now allow all Bangladesh travelers with confirmed air, train or bus travel tickets to submit their tourist visa applications directly without prior appointments from January 1, 2017. The initiative
Pakistan Opens New Nuclear Plant Built With China's Help Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated a nuclear power facility built with the assistance of China. The plant at Chashma, in Pakistan's Punjab province, adds 340 megawatts to the national grid. Beijing has already constructed two other nuclear reactors, with a combined capacity of more than 600 megawatts. The three power
Pakistan rejects new formula for NSG membership ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Foreign Office has rejected a new formula for evaluation of the candidature of non-Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) states for the Nuclear Suppliers Groups (NSG) membership as "discriminatory" and "unhelpful". At the weekly media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said: "This would be
Advanced Landing Ground at Tuting becomes operational The IAF Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Tuting, a small town located in the Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, was inaugurated by Pema Khandu, Chief Minister in the presence of Air Marshal C .Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC) on Wednesday. The event was attended by large
HM Rajnath chairs Southern Zonal Council meet at Thiruvananthapuram NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday chaired the 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council at Thiruvananthapuram during which 16 out of 22 items on agenda were resolved. At the meeting, Singh said that Naxalism had been assuming serious dimensions in certain parts of the country. The recent
4-Day World Bhojpuri Conference begins in Varanasi The four-day World Bhojpuri Conference began in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on December 29, 2016 and will continue till January 1, 2017. High Commissioner of Mauritius to India, Jagdishwar Goburdhun informed that participants from over 18 countries are participating in the conference. The Conference has been organised at a private school in

Government invites comments of stakeholders and public on the Report of the Financial Redressal Agency by 31st January 2017. In his Budget Speech of  2015-16, the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley had announced the creation a sector-neutral Financial Redressal Agency (FRA) to address the grievances of retail consumers against all Financial Service
Veteran Nepali litterateur Kamal Mani Dixit passes away Veteran Nepali litterateur Kamal Mani Dixit has passed away. According to the Kathmandu Post, Dixit died at his residence in Patandhoka, Lalitpur, on Thursday morning. He was 87. Dixit was the founder Chairman of the Madan Puraskar Guthi and Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya. A die-hard lover of Nepali literature, Dixit was considered one

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba to chair committee of Chiefs Putting an end to speculation that the government might appoint Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, superseded for the post of Army Chief, as the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, is all set to assume chairmanship of the committee on December

BoB Signs MoU With HFL To Provide Dairy Loans To Farmers Vadodara based Bank of Baroda signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU). with Heritage Foods Ltd (HFL) to provide dairy loans to farmers through the lender’s branches across the country on December 29, 2016.  Aim : To increase formers productivity and earningsBoB exhibited Highest Ever Loss by a PSB .Heritage Foods is in the
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