Thursday, 29 September 2016


The World Maritime Day is observed across the world on 29 September to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. Several events are organised to mark this day by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), member Governments, maritime industry etc. 2016 Theme: “Shipping: indispensable to the world”. The theme focuses on the critical

NEW DELHI:  As Confucius said, "Happiness makes up in height, what it lacks in length." Ashishh Gupta, the fitness expert at Gold's Gym, Gurgaon pens his experience, how it took him years to understand the real meaning of the quote. "In a world, which is becoming much programmed, humour and laughter have taken a backseat. We are losing the plot! We have started finding
International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st of October every year pursuant to the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly to observe the year 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons with the theme, “a society for all ages”. The 2016 United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) will take a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in Srinagar for the state of Jammu & Kashmir by Chief Minister of J&K, Ms Mehbooba Mufti along with Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. This marks another step in the direction of providing LPG connections to 5 crore families who are Below Poverty Line (BPL). 
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Railways during a function held at Rail Bhawan today i.e. 29.09.2016, as a part of fulfilment of Budget Announcements 2016-17, launched and dedicated following services to the nation : -
The Narendra Modi government will on Thursday launch Progress Panchayat, a campaign to reach out to the minorities, particularly Muslims, to create awareness in these communities about the government’s policies and programmes and remove “fears and misconceptions” about the government. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will launch first of the Progress
The Union government formally started strategic sales on Wednesday with the Allahabad-based Bharat Pumps and Compressors (BPCL) getting the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)'s in-principle approval for privatisation. The government has budgeted Rs 20,500 crore to come from strategic sales this financial year.  In a separate decision, the Cabinet also cleared closure
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today unveiled the Roll On Trophy for BRICS U-17 Football Tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from October 5 to October 15. In his address, the Prime Minister reiterated the Nation’s commitment to ‘Sports for All’ and ‘Khelo India’ and taking football to every corner of the country. He emphasised that the youth being the leaders of the future,
The Government has approved further import of 80,000 MT Masur and 90,000MT Tur for buffer stock of pulses. The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Price Stabilization Fund chaired by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Shri Hem Pande here today. The meeting reviewed the procurement and distribution of pulses from buffer stock. So far, the Government agencies have
WASHINGTON:  Congress voted to decisively overturn President Barack Obama's veto of a controversial 9/11 victims bill Wednesday, the first override of his presidency and a sharp setback for longtime U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. The bill clears the way for families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to file claims against Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's long-rumored but
The world’s first baby was born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people. The baby was born in Mexico. The baby was born on 6 April 2016 after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where they were cared for by US fertility specialists. The baby was born using the new and controversial technology, called mitochondrial donation, which incorporates DNA from three
The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas. The declaration of measles' elimination was made by the
Pharma company Abbott India appointed Ambati Venu its new managing director for a term of 5 years effective September 29, 2016. In February this year, Abbott India announced resignation of its managing director Rehan A Khan. 
The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (RBI Act) has been amended by the Finance Act, 2016,  to provide for a statutory and institutionalised framework for a Monetary Policy Committee, for maintaining price stability, while keeping in mind the objective of growth. The Monetary Policy Committee would be entrusted with the task of fixing the benchmark policy rate (repo rate) required
Flagging severe talent crunch at the top in public sector banks (PSBs), Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor S S Mundra on Wednesday pressed for the need to focus on human resource management. He said there cannot be a “leaderless bank” even if autonomous vehicles edge closer to reality. This assumes significance in the light of an ailing Chennai-based Indian Overseas Bank functioning
In a swift progress towards the goods and services (GST) tax roll-out from April 1, 2017, a Cabinet committee cleared the Rs 2,256 crore back-end information technology (IT) project for the indirect tax department on Wednesday. The new indirect tax network (systems integration) called Project Saksham will be developed with the help of Wipro.  "The implementation strategy for the project will
The government will sell 7% stake in Hindustan Copper as a part of this year’s disinvestment programme. The share sale will be done through the so-called offer for sale (OFS) route on Thursday at a base price of Rs 62 per share, five per cent discount to current market rate. Shares of Hindustan Copper on Wednesday closed at Rs 65.35 on the BSE. A total of 64.76 million shares have been put
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has allowed commodity exchanges to introduce trading in options. The regulator on Wednesday said in a circular sent to exchanges that would require its approval, which will be subject to guidelines that would be announced later. Sebi has refrained from introducing index-based futures as of now. Leading commodity exchanges have their
Jordan’s King Abdullah has formed a new government headed by Hani Mulki as prime minister for a second term. Mulki was first appointed last May to oversee the parliamentary elections. He was reappointed now and tasked with reviving a sluggish economy and business sentiment hit by regional turmoil by overseeing a new International Monetary Fund-guided programme that started this year. In
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued Letter of Award (LOA) for development of following National Highway sections in the state of Karnataka on EPC mode under NHDP Phase IVB: NHAI Awards Contract for Two Highway Development Projects in Karnataka. 
Tirupati Airport Awarded “Best Tourist Friendly Airport” under the category for “State Annual Excellence Awards “ Airports Authority of India’s Tirupati Airport has been awarded as “Best Tourist Friendly Airport” under the category for “State Annual Excellence Awards for the year 2015-16” by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The award was presented on the eve of World Tourism Day by the Chief
GQ has named Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder and CEO of India’s largest payments and commerce company, Paytm in the much prestigious ‘GQ Awards 2016, Men Of The Year’. The annual list recognizes excellence across sectors – from cinema and fashion to business and sports. Vijay is the first Indian startup entrepreneur to be recognised among the GQ Men of the Year. In his
Indian NGO Slum Soccer has won the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award . The award was created by FIFA to recognise outstanding organisations, group initiatives and football personalities that are standing up for diversity and inspire unity, solidarity and equality among all people. Slum Soccer uses football to connect individuals, teach life skills and work towards improving the living
Akruti, a cultural organisation founded by Sudhakar organised a significant event to celebrate M. S. Subbulakshmi’s 100th birth anniversary. On the occasion noted mridangam vidwan Yella Venkateswara Rao was honoured with ‘The Subbulakshmi Award’. The event held at Ravindra Bharati had two signifying segments recalling contribution of MS to the field of music. While the
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) President Pranab Mukharjee will present the National Awards for Senior Citizens -- Vayoshreshtha Samman-2016 -- to eminent individuals and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens. The awards will be presented at Vigyan Bhawan here on International Day of Older Persons which is observed on
Nairobi, 28 September 2016 - Shoes made from old tires by disabled artisans in Ghana, roads built from recycled plastic in Kenya, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinths in Burkina Faso. Those are just some of the 20 African eco-innovations honoured this year with the prestigious SEED Awards.  Founded in 2002 by UN Environment, UN Development and the International Union for
Amitabh Bachchan and Ranveer Singh bag GQ awardsOozing with style and glamour, celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Saif Ali Khan walked home with trophies at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016.  GQ India celebrated its eighth anniversary with the annual Men of the Year Awards in association with Chivas at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on Tuesday. The eighth edition of the
Bhopal, Sep 27 () India's leading integrated power major Hindustan Power was awarded the Best Solar Developer' by the Indian Power Producers Association of India during its 17th Regulator and Policy makers Retreat at Goa. The award was conferred to the company on the basis of its significant contribution to the Indian solar sector which has the distinction of commissioning India's first 5 MW
Three boxers have been reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for betting on boxing bouts during the 2016 Rio Olympics.The three boxers involved are Michael John Conlan, Steve Gerard Donnelly, and Antony Fowler. All three athletes have been issued severe reprimands
KANPUR: Suresh Raina will lead the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy team in the first two matches in the forthcoming season. Raina has recently led India Green in the Duleep Trophy matches, held at Noida. And agood show by the India limited overs star will go a long way in convincing the selectors that he is good for the longer version of the game too. Announcing the team on Wednesday, the selectors
Aditi Dhumatkar wins gold medal in the 100m Freestyle Senior Women's category at the 70th Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship here today. Aditi clocked 00:29.14 sec to beat Olympian Shivani Kataria of Haryana, who settled for a silver with a time of 00:59.50 sec and Maharashtra swimmer Rayna Saldhan won the bronze medal after clocking 00:59.91 sec.
Javelin thrower Ravinder Singh broke the first meet record in the 56th Open National Athletics Championships with an effort of 79.04m on the second day of competitions here today. World junior record-holder Neeraj Chopra held the previous meet record of 77.67m from last year. The silver medal went to Shivpal Singh (77.72m) who also bettered the old mark.  Olympian Manpreet Kaur
Siddarth Vishwakarma of Delhi today won his first career men's singles title by stopping veteran Pune player Nitten Kirrtane 6-1 7-6(2) in the MSLTA-ATT Tennis Tournament (M3) organised by Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association at their courts here.  Vishwakarma employed his variety of play and better ground-strokes to dominate the first set comfortably before his 42-year-old rival
Danang: India bagged their first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games with the women's beach kabaddi team winning the title for the record fifth time in succession in Danang, Vietnam. Indian beat Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash at Bien Dong Park. The Indian women's kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008. Indian women's
NEW DELHI: The Centre has given its approval to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change, a move that will bring the global deal into force early November. But it has toughened its stand on negotiations to cap emissions by the aviation sector, making it clear that India will not commit to reducing emissions in the sector by 2020 as it will be an "injustice" to the country's growing
India is going to invest 2 billion dollars in Sri Lanka in the next three-four years. It was announced by Union Minister for State (MoS) Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to Sri Lanka. She had visited Sri Lanka for talks on the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) to discuss the terms of the agreement. About Economic and Technological
SHANGHAI:  China will build the world's deepest and largest high-speed railway station at a popular section of the country's Great Wall, as part of its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics, state media reported today. The station will be at Badaling, the most visited section of the Great Wall which lies about 80 km northwest of Beijing. The site received 30,000 tourists in just one day during
WASHINGTON:  The International Monetary Fund or IMF today released $102.1 million to cash-strapped Pakistan as part of its final tranche of distribution of financial assistance to improve and restructure the country's economy. The disbursement was part of $6.15 billion approved by the IMF Board in September 2013. "Significant challenges remain for Pakistan in the post-program period,
BEIJING:  A nearly 1,000-year-old wooden pagoda in China's northern Shanxi province, has been declared the world's tallest wooden pagoda by the Guinness World Records. Wu Xiaohong, a Guinness World Records notary, granted the certificate to Wang Xinjun, director of an agency responsible for the pagoda's protection, state-run People's Daily reported. Wu said it is a classic
STATE -DAILY-NEWS-29-09-2016
The Union government on Wednesday approved Rs1,269 crore of drought assistance for Maharashtra. A panel headed by home minister Rajnath Singh decided on the aid at a meeting on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Maharashtra chief minister’s office said. The move was approved following the recommendations of a central government committee that inspected drought conditions
New Delhi, Sept. 28: Bengal has shown the least progress in initiating reforms under a scheme launched last year to modernise the working of urban local bodies, according to data available with the urban development ministry. Bengal's performance in the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) could be a cause for concern as states that achieve the scheme's
Hyderabad: The Centre has promised to assist rain-battered AP and Telangana states. Central teams will visit both the states to assess the damage to life and property after TS and AP submit reports on the rain-havoc, Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said in New Delhi on Wednesday. He briefed his Cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Radha Mohan Singh on the damage caused by
Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa announced a bonus of Rs.476.71 crore to employees of state public sector companies on Wednesday. “About 3.67 lakh eligible employees would receive bonus of a minimum Rs.8,400 up to Rs. 16,800 per month for the period 2015-16. In total, the various public sector companies will receive a total of Rs.476.71 crore as bonus,” a
SAARC Summit which was going to be held in Islamabad in Pakistan, has been postponed as four countries out of eight member grouping deciding to boycott the meet. Apart from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have pulled out of the Summit scheduled to be held in November, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not conducive for the successful holding of
This is what Lt General Ranbir Singh, the army's Director General of Military Operations, said today:It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing and increasing infiltration by terrorists across Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. This is reflected, amongst others, in the terrorist attacks on 11 and 18 September in Poonch and Uri respectively. Almost 20 infiltration
Nobel laureate and former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Perez succumbed to illness at a hospital in Tel Aviv today.  He was 93 and was being treated after a suffering a stroke two weeks ago. Acclaimed as the founder of modern Israel, Perez is credited with his the Oslo Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority and formed the basis of negotiations  to fulfill the “right to self determination”
MELBOURNE: Former Australia fast bowler Max Walker died on Wednesday following a battle with cancer. The 68-year-old played in 34 Tests and 17 one-day internationals (ODIs) and was also a key figure in the introduction of World Series Cricket in the late 1970s, according to Cricket Australia. Walker claimed 138 Test wickets and 20 ODI scalps between 1973 and 1981, including 12
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) strongly refutes all claims of having installed faulty LED street lights in their project in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area. Under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) over 1.98 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights in Delhi. A social audit of about 4,500 people
New Delhi: In what could bring cheer to millions of central government employees and pensioners, the committee on allowances is likely to purpose more than double House Rent Allowance (HRA), with the increases ranging between 106% and 122% for all categories of employees.  The committee on allowances is ready to submit its report even two months in advance, when the Finance minister
Rattled by the fury of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the BCCI will meet here on September 29-30 to chalk the course of action. The BCCI will be holding an Emergent Special General Meeting to consider the amendments to BCCI’s rules and regulations as recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee. The Supreme Court though has held that holding the
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to discuss the situation at the Line of Control. The meeting comes in the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC. Pakistani troops on Thursday violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Naugam sector of Kashmir by opening
India will sign social security agreements with Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa after a consensus emerged at a BRICS labour ministers conference on Wednesday that they will promote labour mobility in the grouping. India has been trying to persuade the US to sign a similar bilateral social security agreement, which could help bring back billions of dollars worth of contributions
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation and the railways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fix the target for various projects during 2016-2017. Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), a government enterprise under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways, is at present carrying out construction of 3,342km eastern and

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