Friday 28 October 2016


TODAYS-SPECIAL-DAILY-National-International-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -28-10-2016
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was observed across the world on 27 October 2016. The theme for the day was It's Your Story - Don't Lose It.The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken to safeguard audiovisual document. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national

India-Special-Important-Daily-NEWS-IN-HINDI -28-10-2016
Inter State Council (ISC) and Standing Committee of ISC Reconstituted . The Government has reconstituted the Inter State Council (ISC) and the Standing Committee of the Inter State Council under Clause 2 of the Inter State Council order,1990.The Prime Minister has approved the following composition of the Inter State Council.
Hailed as a confluence of ideas, thoughts and literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival has announced the dates for its upcoming edition. To be held from January 19 to 23, 2017 this will be the festival’s 10th edition. Having hosted a string of illustrous public figures like Margaret Atwood, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, OrhanPamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth
The Islamic Research Foundation - headed by the controversial tele-evangelist Zakir Naik - will be declared as unlawful organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2011. Sources said the Home Ministry will soon refer the matter to cabinet. Zakir Naik has been found to deliver provocative speeches, the ministry is expected to tell the Union Cabinet, sources said. His foundation has been
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on Thursday previewed the exhibition – “Uniting India – Sardar Patel” set up by the Ministry of Culture, at National Science Centre in New Delhi. This digital exhibition, which showcases the integration of India, and the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has been prepared with the inspiration of the Prime Minister. The exhibition has around 30 exhibits, and
The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday gave an "in-principle" approval to strategic sales and disinvestment in a number of state-owned companies, kick-starting the process of valuing these entities and finding interested buyers. The public sector undertakings (PSUs) include loss-making and profit-making entities as well as assets such as factories and plants. Finance Minister Arun
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to formation of the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) at Berhampur in Odisha. IISER, Berhampur will be established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and it will start of its 2016-17 academic session from 1 August 2016. It will being its operations from a transit or temporary campus from the Academic Year 2016-17
NEW DELHI:  Government has mandated support for Indian languages in all mobile phones to be sold in the country from July 1, 2017 onward. "In exercise of the power conferred by clause 10(1) of Bureau of Indian Standard Act... the central government, hereby includes the Indian language support for mobile phone as per IS 16333(Part-3) to the schedule of 'Electronics and Information Technology
Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 gave its in-principle approval to NITI Aayog’s proposal for strategic sale of over a dozen public sector undertakings (PSUs). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the names of PSUs that are up for strategic stake sale would be made public once they are going to be put up for the auction. This list does not include PSUs for closure. The recommendations of the NITI Aayog on
The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the first Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS).The key features of the Cadre Review of IP&TAFS: Reduction of the total strength of the cadre from 420 to 376. Creation of one Apex level post of Controller General of Communication Accounts (CGCA). Creation of one additional HAG+ level
NEW DELHI: Amid a high-voltage legal debate on curbing use of religion to seek votes, the Supreme Court asked on Thursday whether secularism meant complete separation of politics from religion and said it would attempt to give a pragmatic interpretation of the law dealing with using religion and caste to promote hatred during elections. “It will be difficult to accept as a proposition that a political party
The Supreme Court has ruled that temporarily-engaged employees like daily-wage workers, ad hoc appointees, those appointed on a casual basis, and contractual workers are entitled to regular pay scale, along with dearness allowance as those engaged on a regular basis against sanctioned posts in government. The judgment, passed in cross appeals by the Punjab government and temporary workers,
New images beamed back by a NASA probe show that the European Space Agency's Mars lander created a shallow crater when it crashed on to the red planet. The latest image was taken on October 25 by the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It provides close-ups of new markings on the planet's surface first spotted by the spacecraft. The new images provide a more
Early Thursday morning, a new and powerful effort was underway to explore a mystery 1,500 light-years away. West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope was hard at work, sucking up information about a strange winking star. The giant radio telescope is the biggest of its kind, with a 330-foot-wide parabolic dish, making the device the largest steerable telescope on Earth. The Green Bank Telescope is tucked
Borje Ekholm was on 26 October 2016 appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of  Ericsson, Swedish communication technology firm, with effect from 16 January 2017. Until then, Jan Frykhammar will remain interim CEO.  Ekholm will also remain a member of the Board of Directors of Ericsson. Presently, Ekholm is working as CEO of Patricia Industries. Prior to assuming
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, was on 27 October 2016 appointed as Chairman of GSMA. As GSMA Chairman, Mittal will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation.
Mittal will succeed Jon Fredrik Baksaas, who will step down from the GSMA board at the end of 2016. On the other hand, the company re-elected Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President,
 Public sector major MMTC has joined hands with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Andhra Bank to retail gold coins with a new buyback option. Besides its own outlets across the country, MMTC has tied up with Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Federal Bank and YES Bank to sell gold coins in denominations of 5 gm and 10 gm coin and 20 gm bar. MMTC has also announced a transparent
A unique automatic telling machine (ATM) has grabbed the attention of people in Bengaluru, as instead of dispensing money, it accepts money from users and dispenses gold coins in exchange. This one of its kind experiment has been initiated by online jewellery company BlueStone on the occasion of Diwali. The mechanism behind its usage is quite simple and a frequent ATM user can operate it without any
Inter-ministerial body Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) on Thursday cleared seven proposals envisaging foreign investment of Rs 100 crore. “Seven out of 19 proposals were cleared,” sources said. The proposals of Oxford University Press and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories were among those approved by the board. These two proposals together entail an investment of Rs 90 crore,
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted startups to raise external commercial borrowings (ECBs) of up to $3 million in a financial year for three year tenure The new rules issued by RBI aims at boosting innovation and promoting job creation in the country. It will apply to startups looking to raise foreign borrowings and restrictions on such funds will be kept minimum. Key Facts Under the ECB
Two Yazidi women, Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar, who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. The announcement of the year's joint laureates was made following a decision by European Parliament on 27 October 2016. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been named La Liga player of the season for 2015/16, ahead of the likes of star duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico’s Diego Simeone also took the coach of the season award while Barcelona’s Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was named the top non-EU player. Atletico dominated the awards as Jan Oblak was the best goalkeeper, Diego Godin top
The International Olympic Committee has sanctioned a further nine athletes, including six medal winners, after they tested positive following the reanalysis of samples from the Beijing Olympics.The IOC has been working its way through a backlog of cases uncovered by the more than 1200 samples it retested from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in the build-up to the Rio Games. This week it published
Punjab Directorate on 27 October 2016 won the 2016 National Cadet Corp (NCC) National Games. Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, presented trophies to the winners at the closing ceremony at Delhi Cantonment. The NCC Games aim to provide the talented sportsmen among the cadet exposure of a major sporting event while preparing them with the requisite matching
Roger Federer has been named the top athlete brand in the Forbes Fab 40, the world’s most valuable sports brands. The Swiss superstar has a brand value of $37 million a year, the amount by which endorsement income exceeds the average endorsement income earned by the Top 10 earning athletes in the same sport during the past year. Federer’s brand value is greater than NBA basketball player LeBron
NEW DELHI: The global wildlife population could fall by an average of 67 per cent between 1970 and 2020 as a result of human activities, according to World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report 2016.The report indicated that the global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have already declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. "This places the world on a trajectory of a
NEW DELHI: A report filed by local commissioners appointed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to check the extent of illegal quarrying around Yamuna Nagar in Haryana have found evidence of large scale illegal mining and quarrying on Yamuna riverbed. The report has highlighted that massive illegal mining may have affected the course of the river too making the adjoining villages vulnerable to
NEW DELHI: Delhiites on Thursday inhaled severely poor quality air which had respirable pollutants up to nine times above the safe limit at certain places even as authorities warned of a "critically polluted" period ahead. Anand Vihar, the city's pollution hotspot, had PM 1O (suspended particulate matter) at over 962 micrograms per cubic metre at 2 PM, as against the safe limit of 100, days ahead of Diwali,
Pharmaceutical giant Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd on 26 October 2016 announced that it entered into a strategic collaboration with Gland Pharma. The companies entered into the deal to market and distribute a diverse portfolio of eight injectable Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs). The portfolio is a mix of filed ANDAs pending approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and ANDAs
Mumbia-based independent Insurance Process as a Service (IPAAS) platform, OCARE has launched the first ever dental insurance product in the country. A group insurance product aims to make dental treatments accessible, affordable and achievable for the end-users. With its nationwide effort, OCARE will offer group dental insurance to villages through gram panchayats of the country. Vihigaon, a village
Pakistan is being exposed on all fronts - terrorism, radicalisation, crackdown on democratic dissent and clandestine activities like espionage. Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar has been asked to leave India within 48 hours. Akhtar was detained by Delhi Police for his involvement in espionage activities. Later, he was let off. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi last
WELLINGTON:  The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the US and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past.Proponents of the reserve say it sets a precedent for multiple
Gambia has announced its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the Hague-based tribunal of “persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”. announcement comes after similar decisions earlier this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandon the institution, set up to try the world’s worst crimes. The ICC was set up in 2002 and is often accused of bias against
The State of Himachal Pradesh was today declared Open Defecation Free (ODF), making it the second State in the country (after Sikkim) to achieve the feat. The State government made the declaration today at a public event in Shimla, where the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Virbhadra Singh, felicitated the respective District Administrators and Local Administrators for successfully achieving
In what would come as major relief to apple growers in Jammu & Kashmir who lost their crops in the floods that lashed the state in 2014, the Union Cabinet has decided to relax norms under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture, to help them restore their orchards and also help new apple growers in setting up new orchards. For the horticultrists in J&K, a fund of 500 crore rupees was
According to recently released study, global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970 and if the trend continues then two-thirds of wild animals may go extinct by 2020 The study was published as The Living Planet assessment by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). What the study says? It suggests that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are
MIAMI: A small, dark-feathered bird known as the common swift flies for 10 months on end without ever landing, the longest time spent aloft of any known bird, scientists said Thursday. The findings in the US journal Current Biology confirmed a 46-year-old hypothesis, first offered by British researcher Ron Lockley, that these birds spend most of their lives in the air. A team of researchers from Sweden
Goa’s first woman chief minister Shashikala Kakodar passed away on Friday morning, after a brief illness. She was 81. A prominent leader of the Maharashtrwadi Gomantak Party, Kakodkar was the daughter of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar. Following her father’s death in 1973, Kakodkar was sworn in as the chief minister, and held charge till April 1979, following a split in the
Indore: Former rector of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Bal Krishna Pasi passed away after prolonged illness on Thursday afternoon. He was an eminent professor who guided many PhD scholars, including NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty, wrote several books and was instrumental in opening of many departments in DAVV. Remembering Pasi, vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad said
The Union Agricultural Ministry on 27 October 2016 constituted a High-Level Committee to monitor the bird flu situation and help state governments take steps to contain the disease.The Committee will be headed by Munialappa, Joint Commissioner in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (DADF). Munialappa will be the nodal officer and will be available to provide advice and help
 Leader of the Opposition and DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin on Thursday threatened to move a no-confidence motion against the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly P. Dhanapal for not constituting various Committees of the House despite making a statement in the House that they would be constituted. He added that the DMK would raise the issue with the Governor. “The Assembly
The Union Urban Development Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NBCC and CPWD for redevelopment of seven General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colonies. The National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Ltd(NBCC) will redevelop Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, while the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will redevelop
The Goods and Services Network(GSTN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for sharing of foreign exchange realisation and Import Export code data, a move that is expected to strengthen processing of export transactions of taxpayers under GST, increase transparency and reduce human interface. The Memorandum of Understanding

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