Tuesday 25 October 2016


TODAYS-SPECIAL-DAILY-National-International-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -25-10-2016

Disarmament Week is an annual event that is observed from 24 October to 30 October in various parts of the world. The annual observation of the Week starts on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, which is observed as the United Nations Day. On the occasion, the United Nations invites states to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase


The Union Government is planning to fast-track four projects in Indus river basin to increase irrigation area in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by nearly 2.05 lakh acres. This decision was taken after India had decided to exploit to the maximum the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab as per Indus Water Treaty (IWT). Key Facts Three projects Prakachik Khows Canal in Kargil, Tral

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to facilitate the e-transfer of postal ballot. The new rules empower a returning officer in any constituency to send postal ballots to an eligible voter by electronic means as specified by the ECI. In India, postal ballots have played a critical role in extending the electoral process to voters who are unable to exercise their

The 22nd meeting of the Western Zonal Council was recently held at Mumbai, Maharashtra under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Western Zonal Council consist of the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Key facts The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers and ministers of these States and Union Territories

The service personnel serving in remote areas will now be able to vote through an e-ballot, though they will still be required to return the ballot paper through manual post, official sources said on Monday. "The Election Commission has developed a system whereby blank postal ballots could be electronically transmitted to the voter. The recipients can download it and print the blank postal ballot," a source said.

Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said a sea plane service will be soon launched from Ambajhari lake to Shirdi via Anand Sagar Lake in Shegaon. The sea plane will fly in the morning and return the same day. The sea plane has been launched to benefit the people in and around Nagpur who visit these two pilgrim sites, Gadkari said at a function. There is a shrine of Sai


The Supreme Court, which is hearing a contentious matter relating to electoral malpractices arising out of its 1995 judgment, popularly known as the ‘Hindutva’ verdict, today said it would not examine the issue of religion at this stage. “We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this

Whether names of those who have defaulted on massive bank loans should be made public will be decided by the Supreme Court this week. On Monday, the court raised the question as it examined a list of 57 borrowers who have not returned loans worth a staggering Rs. 85,000 crore. "Who are these people who have borrowed money and are not paying back? Why can't their names be made public?"


LONDON:  Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can accurately predict the outcomes of human right trials in major international courts - an advance that could be a valuable tool to identify violation of rights. Using the new AI method, judicial decisions of cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have been predicted to 79 per cent accuracy. The method is

BEIJING:  China's experimental space lab Tiangong-2 orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board has successfully launched a micro-satellite, roughly the size of a desktop printer. Weighing 47 kilogrammes, the micro satellite has a series of visible light cameras, including a 25 megapixel camera and wide-angle imagers. Its mission is to take photographs of Tiangong II and the Shenzhou 11

Researchers at China’s Northeastern University have proposed an algorithm to construct an energy grid that distributes power similar to data flow on the internet. The proposed ‘energy internet’ would use a main power grid combined with decentralised generators, including fuel, wind turbines and solar power, to distribute energy to multiple microgrids within each designated network. Enter the energy

The Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO)  has started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the critical Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2. These tests were started as ISRO’s new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district, 400 km from Bengaluru. This site has simulated craters. ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) is the lead centre for the second Moon mission. It has artificially created close


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND:  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has hired Russian doping whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov as a consultant and is helping his runner wife Yuliya in recognition of their efforts, a spokesman said on Monday. The Stepanovs were instrumental in exposing doping in Russian sport that led to the country being banned from international athletics while dozens of

Guwahati: Miss International India 2016, Rewati Chetri, India’s face at Miss International 2016 in Tokyo Japan, has been officially appointed as `Visit Japan Ambassador’ by the Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Tourism, Land & Infrastructure and Transport of the Japanese Government. Rewati Chetri who hails from Assam, had left for Tokyo on October 9 last and is now in

Mumbai: Tata Sons today announced that its Board has replaced Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as Chairman of Tata Sons. The decision was taken at a Board meeting held here today. The Board has named Mr. Ratan N. Tata as Interim Chairman of Tata Sons. The Board has constituted a Selection Committee to choose a new Chairman. The Committee comprises Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Mr. Amit


The global development lenders like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ABD) must provide help countries including India to shift away from coal for energy purpose. It was proposed by the World Coal Association to finance countries to help them to shift from their to more efficient technologies so that they can meet their COP21 commitments. Why should global development lenders

The Union Government will provide higher a subsidy to airlines that operate flights between two regional airports under the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The subsidy amount given to airlines that operate between two unserved or underserved airports will be 10% higher than sum offered to airlines that connect only one regional airport. Key Facts The subsidy will be provided under the UDAN (Ude


G Balakrishna in October 2016 won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. 25-year-old Balakrishna is a Bengaluru-based water tanker driver. In 2013, he won Mr Universe Under-24 junior contest in Germany . In 2014, he won Mr Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens. He joined the water-tanker business in 2010 in Whitefild,

The Udaipur born author Arefa Tehsin has been shortlisted for the prestigious The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017 for her book Wild in the Backyard published by Penguin. The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Awards, the first Indian awards to promote excellence in Indian children’s books, recognises Indian works in English and English translation. Goodbooks, a website for

GREATER NOIDA:  Dog 'Sophia' and horse 'Thunderbolt'-- the four-legged soldiers of border guarding force ITBP-- today created history by becoming the first animals which were decorated with special service medals. While seven-year-old Thunderbolt is part of the Animal Transport unit of the force, 'lifeline' of the force at high-altitude forward posts, 3-year-old Sophia undertakes special sniffing

Two doctors each from the AIIMS and the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) have been selected for the prestigious Dr B C Roy Award for excellence in the field of medicine. Randeep Guleria, Head of Pulmonology, and C S Yadav of department of orthopaedics, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have been chosen for the award. Chairman of Board of Management at SGRH D S Rana and 

The Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has been named 2016’s European Golden Boy, beating Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford into second place. The annual award for Europe’s most impressive footballer under the age of 21 is run by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who will present the trophy to Sanches at a ceremony in Monte Carlo on Monday night. The 19-year-old, who

Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or. Both were on the 2016 shortlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Ballon d'Or sponsors France Football


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given its consent for using the Decision Review System (DRS) in the forthcoming five-Test series against England in November 2016. BCCI will use the DRS on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements and changes made to the system over a period of time. Earlier, BCCI as well as many members of the current Indian cricket team including Captain

Karate has been included for the first time in Olympics and promises to throw light on the rich history of the discipline. At the 2020 Tokyo Games, 80 competitors will take part in the karate event. It joins surfing, skateboarding, climbing and baseball-softball as new sports included for the 2020 edition. In its press release, IOC described the decision as “the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic


A pale, thread-like creature found lurking in a California cave is a brand-new species of millipede. The stringy arthropod has 414 legs and four "penises," limbs that were converted over evolutionary time into structures that transfer sperm. Only a single specimen of the new species has been found, a male, so researchers don't know what the females look like. The millipede hails from a marble cavern called

Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest adjacent to the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. Seven otters, including a family of four, were found in a playful mood. They were photographed while preying on the fish in the brackish waters. The forest authorities with the support of a local wetland researcher, A. Venkata Appa Rao, have


NEW DELHI:  A book chronicling the life of fighter pilot MP Anil Kumar, who became an icon of armed forces through his prolific writings despite having been paralysed after an accident, was today released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The minister said everyone should draw inspiration from Mr Kumar's determination and adopt it. MP, as he was fondly called, was a MiG 21 fighter pilot.


The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that India and Bahrain are working together to further strengthen security and counter-terrorism cooperation between both the countries. Embarking on a three-day visit to Bahrain today, Shri Rajnath Singh said that he looks forward to the visit to Bahrain on the invitation of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen Sheikh Rashid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. India and


Sikkim government is planning to launch eco-tourism at Mt Kanchenjunga. When launched, this initiative will let adventure lovers, mountaineers and trekkers circumambulate the mountain in a 15-day trek. The trek will start from the Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP) and will bring travellers in closest encounters with the snow-capped peaks, the local temples, the flora, the fauna and the unique


Modi Government is hosting the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). It is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda and identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk – ‘reducing the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention’. The


COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives will begin a four-day Coast Guard exercise in the Maldives on Tuesday to strengthen corporation and enhance the interoperability of forces. The Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sagara left for the Maldives from Colombo in order to take part in the tri-lateral exercise dubbed "DOSTI - XIII", reports Xinhua


PARIS, FRANCE:  Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers.Constant noise pollution -- especially traffic -- also boosts the likelihood of hypertension, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal. High blood pressure is the most important risk

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

NEW DELHI:  The University of New South Wales (UNSW) today said its new solar cell technology can help India save Rs. 6,000 crore annually in operational costs. The technology will be showcased during a roundtable discussion in Sydney with Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday, UNSW said in a release. According to the release, UNSW has developed Passivated Emitter and Rear

The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounted for about 65% of radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases. The pre-industrial level of about 278 ppm represented a balance between the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere. Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels has altered the natural balance


Cartoonist Jack Chick has passed away at the age of 92, according to a Facebook post made by Chick Publications. Chick was known for his small comic strip booklets, called "Chick tracts," that warned of social dangers through the lens of Chick's fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Chick tracts warned of the dangers of everything from rock music, to Freemasonry, to Catholocism, Judaism, and Islam. One of

British singer Peter Burns, best known as the frontman for 1980s band Dead or Alive, died from massive cardiac arrest, his family said on Monday. He was 57. Burns, known for his androgynous image, rose to fame with Dead or Alive's 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," and became part of the British punk, electro and dance-pop scene. "He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented


New Delhi: The Centre has refused to share a report of Baswan committee, that has suggested changes in civil services exam pattern. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan, to review the scheme of civil services examination, in August last year.

NEW DELHI: The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry plans to constitute a new committee for formulating the new education policy and it is likely to be headed by an educationist, a senior ministry official said — an indication that the TSR Subramanian-led committee, constituted to propose and draft the new education policy by former HRD minister Smriti Irani, would be

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