Saturday, 30 July 2016 English

NEW DELHI: In a first such decision in the Railways, the government today reappointed AK Mital as Chairman of Railway Board (CRB) for two years, two days before his retirement. This is for the first time an incumbent, due to retire, has been reappointed as the highest official of the national transporter. A 1976-batch Indian Railway Stores Service Officer, Mital was to retire on July 31. Today would have been, 

Sruthi Palaniappan's parents immigrated to the United States in 1992 from Chennai. Sruthi Palaniappan, whose parents migrated to the United States in 1992 from Chennai, was the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) that ended on Thursday night. The 18-year-old high school graduate is set to join the Harvard University to study government. She spoke on behalf of the Iowa state

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday passed fresh orders asking the Centre to ban cow slaughter in the country, besides imposing prohibitions on import and export of cow/calf (for slaughtering) and sale of beef and beef products in the next six months. The court rejected the plea of the Centre that since the subject falls under entry number 15 of the state list, it’s up to the state governments to take a call on the issue. In an

After months of wait, the NDA government has cleared the appointment of Justice I A Ansari as Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Justice D B Bhosale as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court and Justice S J Vazifdar as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court. The warrants of appointment are expected to be issued soon. While the Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, had

New Delhi:  Indian has over 4 lakh beggars with West Bengal's 81,000 being the maximum among the states, the government said. There are 4,13,670 beggars - 2.2 lakh males and 1.91 lakh females - in the country, Minister of State for Social Justice Vijay Sampla said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.  West Bengal with 81,244 beggars topped the list followed by 65,835 in Uttar Pradesh, 30,218 in Andhra
Pavan Amara, an Indian-origin rape survivor who gave up her anonymity and set up a charity to help others, on Friday launched Britain’s first maternity clinic for victims of sexual assault and rape. Amara, whose family has roots in Punjab, launched the NGO My Body Back in August 2014. It has been running a cervical screening clinic in St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London since then. The maternity clinic that opened in
KARACHI (Dunya News) - Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday took oath as Sindh Chief Minister (CM) following his victory in the elections held regarding the post in the Sindh Assembly, reported Dunya News.The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Governor s House. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan took the oath whereas a number of party leaders, including PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, former
 Pakistan Parliament today moved closer to adopting a landmark but controversial legislation to deal with cyber crimes in the country with the Senate giving its assent to the bill after incorporating 50 amendments. Senate, the Upper House, approved 'The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act' after incorporating 50 amendments to the original draft already passed by the National Assembly or the Lower House in April.The
Russia's weightlifting team has been banned from competing at the Rio Olympics because of doping offences. Two of the eight-strong weightlifting team had already been banned for prior violations, and another four were named in the McLaren report into the issue. Russia's Sports Minister said 272 of the original 387 athletes selected had been cleared to complete in Rio. A final figure is expected on Saturday, with the

Services at around 80,000 bank branches in the country were hit on Friday as employees of public sector banks went on a one-day strike to protest the proposed merger of the State Bank of India (SBI) associates with the parent and other issues. However, private sector banks were working as usual. Most of the public sector banks including SBI had earlier informed their customers of inconvenience if strike materialises.

The Indo - Thailand Military Exercise MAITREE concluded today at Krabi, Thailand. The exercise had commenced on 15 July 2016 under the aegis of the Royal Thailand Army. 90 soldiers of Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army had participated in the two week long Exercise. The exercise included combined training, familiarization with weapons & equipment used by both the countries, analyzing groupings, drills and

The 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee at the Secretary Level under the India-Japan CEPA. Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) was held on Thursday in New Delhi. The Indian side was led by Smt. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary and the Japanese delegation was headed by Mr. Keiichi Katakami, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan. The two

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar released three books on the life of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on July 27, 2016. The books entitled “Dr Kalam, Prerna ki Udaan” in Hindi, “Do You Know Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam” in English and “Prerna Nu Zarnu : Dr Abdul Kalam” in Gujarati language have been written by Dr. Unnat

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005. In this regard, Union Government has issued a notification mentioning SFC has been brought under sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the RTI. The Section 24 of the RTI exempts security and intelligence establishments from its purview.

Noted Tabla maestro Pandit Lachu Maharaj passed away in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh due to cardiac arrest. He was 73 years old. Lacchu Maharaj was renowned internationally and his table performance had drawn attention of the connoisseur of performing arts from across the country and world. About Lachu Maharaj His real name was Lakshmi Narayan Singh. He belonged to Banaras gharana of classical music. He had started

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for installation of Ghatampur Thermal Power Project (GTPC) of 1980 MW (3 X 660 MW) capacity through a Joint Venture Company named “Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited (NUPPL)” formed jointly by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan

Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is all set to perform at United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day. This will be second time in a year when India will showcase its strength at the international platform. Prior to this, renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru had led a yoga session on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21, which was attended by top UN officials,

The Bharatiya Janata Party MP and Board Of Control For Cricket In India president Anurag Thakur was today commissioned into the territorial army as a lieutenant by Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Like most politicians, he is usually dressed in a kurta pajama in Parliament. However, this morning he caught his colleagues by surprise by turning up in army fatigues. Thakur is attached to the Sikh regiment and will

The Centre has told the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) that its order to phase out diesel vehicles more than 15-year-old in Delhi is “contravention” of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act because “currently there was no legal provision” under which such vehicles can be scrapped. “At present no legal provisions exist under which diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old and are BS I or BS II compliant could be

The newly released data from the 2011 Census shows that the Muslim community, the largest minority in the country, come out pretty much at the bottom of most socio-economic indices even a decade after a high-level government probe into their historical disadvantages led to policy actions. Almost a quarter of India’s 370,000 beggars are Muslims, newly released data from the 2011 Census show, reinforcing that the

A day after, it provided protection to the key witness Harish Dulani in Salman Khan Chinkara poaching case, Rajasthan Govt on Friday constituted five member committee to review Supreme Court appeal details in Salman Khan Chinkara case. The move comes after Dulani who was believed to be missing, resurfaced and told media that he was forced into hiding after receiving threats. Dulani resurfaced two days after the

The report of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, is being scrutinised by the Russian Investigative Committee (IC), Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday. "Our current task is to calmly work in the legal framework. McLaren's report was sent to IC, they are scrutinising it. The Ministry of Sports has set up a

Lucknow/Buxar, Jul 29 (IBNS): Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dayashankar Singh has been arrested in Buxar, Bihar, on Friday, according to media reports. He was on the run for nearly a week after his derogatory comment about Bahujan Samaj Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter, Mayawati, who is also seen as a champion of the Dalit community. On Thursday, Dayashankar Singh failed

Srinagar, July 29 (IBNS): The Supreme Court on Friday refused to impose Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir, but asked the union government for a status report on the ground level situation, reports said. The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by the J&K Panther’s Party chief Bhim Singh. As per reports, the court directed the Solicitor General of India to file before it a status report on the ground situation in the

A trial court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Friday declared beleaguered industrialist Vijay Mallya a ‘proclaimed offender’, after he failed to appear before the court on Friday. A person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued can be declared a ‘proclaimed offender’ if the court has reasons to believe that he/she is absconding or is in hiding, blocking execution of the warrant. The Enforcement

State-run MTNL will soon get a full-time chairman and managing director (CMD), as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed a search-cum-selection committee for such an appointment with a tenure of five years. The state-run telecom company, which offers services in Delhi and Mumbai, has been without a full-time CMD since May 30, 2014, when A K Garg retired from the post. P K Purwar, director

Unaffected by the nationwide strike by employees of public sector banks, State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said on Friday the merger of five associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank with the country’s largest lender should be over by next March. On the sidelines of the launch of SBI’s wealth management offering called “SBI Exclusif,” Bhattacharya also said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is revamping a popular outreach programme, conceived to hook children early on to science and research, and tweaking it to reflect a thrust on technology and exposing children to the “innovation cycle.” The INSPIRE Awards (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research), as they are now called, will be rechristened MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) conducted a symposium to announce the upcoming ‘Media Awards 2016’ at Green Park Hotel in Begumpet on Friday. An interesting extension this year is that the ‘Awards’ have been opened for print media. Anita Medasani, Regional Manager, CMS Hyderabad moderated the programme and covered the modalities. She explained that for this year these

 The state government has announced Dr Rajkumar Award, Puttanna Kanagal Award and Dr ishnuvardhan Award for the year 2015. The prestigious Rajkumar Award has been conferred on noted Kannada actress of yesteryear Harini. The Puttanna Kanagal Award has been conferred on noted director Nagatihalli Chandrashekar. Noted music director Rajan (of Rajan-Nagendra fame) has been selected for Dr

Tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj passed away on 28 July 2016 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was 72. Lacchu Maharaj has been described as one of the frontline tabla players in the world. Pandit Lacchu Maharaj belonged to Banaras Gharana. His real name was Lakshmi Narayan Singh. Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films.

T Nanda Kumar resigned from the post of Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). Kumar had submitted his resignation on 29 June 2016. Kumar’s resignation was accepted by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet on 27 July 2016. Kumar, who had a five-year term ending in 2019, will be relieved on 1 August 2016.T Nanda Kumar is a retired 1972-batch IAS officer from the Bihar cadre.

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust: 40 years celebration of its opening for public . Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology came in news in fourth week of July 2016. It came in news because it is celebrating its 40 years of opening its gate for the public. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (or Croc Bank)  It is a non government environmental organization and was founded in 1976 by

Astronomers in a new study claimed that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm three times bigger than Earth, is hundreds of degrees hotter than anywhere else on the planet. The study was published in Nature on 27 July 2016. GRS, the largest storm in the solar system, was detected using an infrared telescope at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory. The storm is based in Jupiter’s lower atmosphere and spans 13670 miles by 7456

The Indo-Thailand Military Exercise Maitree concluded on 29 July 2016 at Krabi, Thailand. The exercise had commenced on 15 July 2016 under the aegis of the Royal Thailand Army. The aim of the joint exercise was to train contingents of both the armies on conduct of counter terrorist operations in an urban nvironment.
• 90 soldiers of Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army had participated in the two week long Exercise.

The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 was observed across the world on 30 July 2016. On this day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the campaign #igivehope to show victims of human trafficking.the day aims at raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promoting and protecting their rights. In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level

Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana, an insurance cover scheme for cattle breeders in the state. It was launched by Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, O. P. Dhankar in Jhajjar. Key Facts Pashudhan Bima Yojana will provide insurance cover to cattle breeders in the state at different premium rates for different animals. Insurance cover will be provided at a premium of Rs 100 for cows,

MD and CEO of Rajshri Media, Rajjat Barjatya passed away on Friday, July 30, 2016, after losing a battle to cancer. The cousin of Sooraj Barjatya, Rajjat had been fighting with cancer since the last three months and as per sources, the family was trying to arrange a bone marrow match for him. The cremation ceremony

In a meeting of State Food Secretaries held here today, procurement target for paddy in terms of rice for Kharif Crop  during Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2016-17 has been finalised as 330 lakh tonnes against target of 300 lakh tonnes of last year i.e. KMS 2015-16. In KMS 2015-16 actual procurement of rice (Kharif crop) was 309.28 LMT.the meeting chaired by the Union Food Secretary, Ms Vrinda Sarup

The Sixth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were released online on web portal by Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture here today. The present batch of 25 files consists of 25 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) during 1952-2014. It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and

Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra is a premier R&D Laboratory of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) engaged in design and development of various types of parachutes for Armed Forces.  Over the years, ADRDE has designed and developed the following categories of parachutes:-Paratrooper parachutes.

Government of Himachal Pradesh, NTPC Ltd. & NHPC signed an MoU for setting up Hydro Engineering College in the State of Himachal Pradesh to promote technical education in the State here today. The signing of this MoU will herald a new era of cooperation of federal spirit between central Govt. & State Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and hugely benefit the Education & Skill Development needs of people of Himachal

Total 97 number of Cluster Development Programme related to natural fibre (including Bamboo craft) under Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) have been sanctioned to different agencies during last five year from 2011-12 to 2015-16. During last five years, 77148 artisans were mobilized and about 4572 SHGs have been formed. These artisans of SHGs have been benefited through different kind of interventions like

The Ujjawala scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development has specific components for Prevention of trafficking and for Rescue, Rehabilitation, Re-integration and Repatriation of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. The Ministry has released a total amount of 42 Crore to States/UTs during 2013-16 under the scheme and nearly 18215 have benefited over the same period. During 2016-17 (upto

the Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing IGMSY, a centrally sponsored Conditional Maternity Benefit (CMB) scheme, under which the maternity benefits of Rs.6,000/- per beneficiary is provided in two equal instalments to pregnant and lactating mothers of 19 years and above, for first two live births, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions relating to maternal and child health. IGMSY aims to

The number of beneficiaries [children (6 months to 6 years) and pregnant & lactating mothers] for supplementary nutrition under ICDS scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development have increased from 956.12 lakh to 1030.14 lakh and Number of beneficiaries [children (3-6 years) for pre-school education increased from 353.29 lakh to 354.05 lakh during the last four years. Similarly, Anganwadi

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