Wednesday 30 November 2016


TODAYS -SPECIAL-DAILY-National-International-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -30-11-2016
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Nov 29. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN-organized observance. Events are held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as at the United Nations offices at Geneva and Vienna. It is generally held on November 29 each year to

India-Special-Important-Daily-NEWS-IN-ENGLISH -30-11-2016
ICICI Bank’s Adopted Akodara Village becomes India’s first Digital Village,  A tiny village Akodara in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat has become the first Digital Village in India. The village, located 90 km from Ahmedabad, was adopted by the ICICI Bank under Digital Village project in 2015 that developed it as a digitized village with a rural branch of the bank.India’s First Digital Village. The campaign was
Manipur hosts WWII Vintage Jeep Rally, Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh flagged off World War II Vintage Jeep Rally from Koirengei Old Air Field as a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival on November 27, 2016.  Objective: To spread a message of peace and reconciliation and evils of war. Nine vintage jeeps, 30 to 35 motorcycles and cycles were took part in this rally.The participants from
78 schemes covered under DBT system so far,  As many as 78 schemes including Jhan Dhan and MGNREGA being implemented by 17 ministries and departments are covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system. The government has decided to introduce DBT system for fertilizer subsidy payments. It is slightly different from the normal DBT being implemented in LPG subsidy.
Losar Festival being celebrated in J&K , 10 day long festival named Losar festival has begun in Ladakh region of J&K to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region. Losar is Tibetan word for ‘new year’ and this festival is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh. Losar celebrations in the Ladakh district can be regarded as the most elaborate and convoluted of the different
Asia’s first cycle highway inaugurated in UP,  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has inaugurated India’s first and Asia’s longest bicycle highway between Agra and Etawah in UP. A rally of 90 cyclists from five countries and across India followed the inauguration ceremony at the Lion Safari in Etawah. The track begins from the lion safari in Etawah. On its way to Agra are tourist destinations
NEW YORK:  A 1946 picture of Mahatma Gandhi with his Charkha (spinning wheel) in the foreground is among the 100 most influential images of all time, according to a compilation by Time magazine of "images that changed the world." The black and white photo of a bespectacled Mahatma Gandhi taken by Margaret Bourke-White shows him sitting on a thin mattress on the floor, head bent down as he is
Hailing Beti Bachao Indian-Origin Woman Drives From London To Maharashtra, MUMBAI:  An Indian-origin woman from London drove alone in a car to reach Maharashtra in support of Central government's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Badhao' scheme. Bharulata Kamble was welcomed by the Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale on Tuesday. "Kamble went to China via Russia.
The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare launched e-pashuhaat portal to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals. The portal will act as a single online e-trading market platform, including availability of bovine germplasm. It will enable the farmers to buy bovine animals, frozen semen and embryo. Key Facts e-pashuhaat portal will connect farmers with breeders- State, Central, Co-operative,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had launched the ‘Indian Police at Your Call’ mobile app at a national police conference held in Hyderabad. It was organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The app is a GIS Map based interface for the citizens to locate police stations near to their current location so that they can easily reach the police station in case of emergency. Key Features The app was developed
The Union Government has decided to introduce Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system for fertilizer subsidy payments. Under the proposed system, 100% subsidy on various fertilizer grades will be released to the manufacturers and importers on basis of actual sales made by the retailer to the beneficiaries. Key facts Initially, the modified subsidy procedure under DBT system will be introduced
Understanding 'Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana' better. Around three weeks after its announcement to withdraw high-denomination currency notes, the government has introduced amendments to the Income Tax Act in Lok Sabha on Monday. This enables the imposition of a higher penalty and tax rate on assessees of unexplained deposits. The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment)
E-Governance . The Government of India is implementing the ‘Digital India’ programme with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Digital India is an umbrella programme that covers multiple Government Ministries and Departments and is being coordinated by MeitY. Various e-Governance initiatives are being taken in last two years by
Whistle Blower’s Amendment Bill . To make amendments to the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2014, the Government has introduced the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha on 11-05-2015 which has been passed by the Lok Sabha on 13-05-2015. The Bill is presently pending in the Rajya Sabha. 
The Supreme Court Wednesday made playing of the national anthem mandatory before movie screenings in theatres across the country, underlining that it would “instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in citizens. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra issued guidelines on the national anthem, saying it cannot be commercially exploited and that no entity could either dramatise it
Son has no legal right in parents’ house, can stay at their mercy: HC, A son cannot claim a right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents and can do so only at their mercy. Merely because the parents have allowed him to live in the house when their relations were cordial does not mean they have to bear his burden throughout life, the Delhi High Court has said. Where the house is self-acquired, the son
After a long legal battle a big victory for women's rights; After five years women granted permission to enter Haji Ali Dargah; A group of 80 women present a chadder at the shrine. After a series of legal battles and agitations, a group of women activists on Tuesday entered the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai and offered prayers.  The dargah is a popular religious place located on an island
Nepal’s government has registered the Constitution amendment bill in Parliament despite opposition from CPN-UML, aimed at carving out a new province to meet the demands of agitating Madhesis and other ethnic groups whose protests last year left more than 50 people dead. The bill, registered at the Parliament Secretariat after the Council of Ministers passed its draft on Tuesday, also proposes to

WASHINGTON:  In the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), data from NASA rovers Opportunity and Curiosity reached Earth last week, the US space agency said on Wednesday. The transmissions from the two active NASA rovers on Mars received by one of the twin Electra radios on the orbiter, mark a strengthening of the international
JERUSALEM:  Scientists have created the first 'water-wave laser' that emits a beam through the interaction of light and water waves, and may be used in 'lab-on-a-chip' devices to study cell biology and test new drug therapies.The laser could someday be used in tiny sensors that combine light waves, sound and water waves. For now, the water-wave laser offers a "playground" for scientists studying
In an astonishing find, astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet that has the potential to harbour extraterrestrial life. The remarkable discovery was made by the NASA’s Kepler telescope during K2 mission back in 2015. Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo, and the Astrobiology Center, collectively scanned the data obtained
As reported by The Hindu earlier, Hockey India on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of David John as the teams’ new High Performance Director. John, who worked as the physiologist and scientific advisor with the Indian men’s team for a year between 2011-12, is largely credited with bringing in a more professional and scientific approach to the training methodology within the Indian team and
State Bank of India (SBI) to facilitate this transaction at the nearest INOX multiplex using a debit card. Citizens can simply swipe their debit cards, enter their PIN number and take up to Rs 2,000 in cash per card per day. The facility will be available across 17 properties , and will be made available at the remaining 89 properties over the course of the weekend.
State-owned lender Canara Bank and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, a private sector general insurer, have signed corporate agency agreement for the distribution of Bajaj Allianz’s general insurance products through Canara Bank’s extensive network of 5,920 branches across the country. Under this strategic agreement, Bajaj Allianz GI will offer its industry’s leading general insurance products to the
Private sector lender, RBL Bank has entered into a slew of tie ups and partnerships essentially to further boost its offering in the highly competitive banking industry in the country. RBL Bank has collaborated with Bajaj Finance to launch a series of co-branded credit cards for the customers in the country. Credit cards would be offered to the customer by the last quarter of this fiscal. Coming together of
The Union Government has announced that the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of the Public sector banks (PSBs) have touched around 66 lakh 40 thousand in the three months period from July to September 2016. As on September 30, 2016 gross NPAs of the PSBs in the country rose to  Rs. 6,30,323 crore as against Rs. 5,50,346 crore by end of June 2016. It shows increase of Rs. 79,977
National Fertilizer posted its net profit declined by 11% to Rs 46.5 crore in the quarter ended September 2016 as against Rs 52 crore during the previous quarter ended September 2015. The sales of the company fell by 16% to Rs 1,901 crore in the quarter ended September 2016 as against Rs 2,260 crore during the previous quarter ended September 2015.  National Fertilizer Ltd is currently
Government approves 6 new SEZs for IT, biotech . Union government lead by PM Narendra Modi has approved six proposals from four developers to set up new special economic zones (SEZs) IT and biotechnology across Telangana, Haryana and Karnataka . The decision was taken by the Board of Approval (BoA), headed by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia during the board meeting on November
Morgan Stanley lowers India’s growth forecast by 40 bps to 7.3% for FY’17.  American Morgan Stanley has lowered its growth forecast for FY’17 to 7.3% from 7.7% earlier on account of currency replacement programme. As global growth accelerates to 3.4% in 2017 from 3% in 2016, Morgan Stanley expect India’s exports to support overall recovery in 2017 after being a drag in 2016.
ICICI Bank to convert 100 villages into digital in 100 days.  Mumbai based ICICI Bank announced to transform 100 villages into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ in 100 days to enable villagers go in cash less banking and payments transactions. People from 100 villages will be able to open bank accounts using Aadhar-based e-KYC and make cashless payments to retail stores through a unique SMS/USSD-based
After Maharashtra, BJP sweeps Gujarat local body polls; Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet says BJP's great win in local polls shows people's strong faith in development politics; says these results across India illustrate that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption and mis-governance. After Maharashtra, BJP has swept Gujarat local body polls. Out of total 126 seats
HYDERABAD: Three senior scientists of the city-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) received two prestigious awards for their outstanding performance.  As per a CCMB release here on Tuesday, Dr Rakesh Mishra, director, CCMB, and Dr Imran Siddiqi, chief scientist, received the JC Bose National Fellowship. This award is given in recognition of outstanding performance of
IT major Infosys has bagged the IT Ratna of Karnataka award for the company’s consistent and outstanding performance in IT exports in the above Rs 10,000 crore category and for being the highest exporter and employer in Karnataka. Apart from Infy, 22 other companies were awarded for their respective contributions to the state, 10 of which bagged the IT Pride of Karnataka awards given away
UNESCO Salon Competition: Toonz wins award for ‘Magical Piano’, ‘Magical Piano’, a short film by the Toonz Media Group has won an award at the prestigious UNESCO Salon Youth Video Competition 2016. In an event held in Marrakech, Morocco at the iconic COP 22 Green Zone in the UNESCO Pavilion on November 14, Salon Films Chairman Fred Wang and Armelle Arrou, Chief of Public
Iranian film “Daughter” has won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). It has been directed by Reza Mirkarimi. It is a family drama set in southern Iran. It brings out intergenerational conflict between a strict father and a young daughter. Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore conferred these
Virat Kohli has climbed a new high. The India captain, after the third Test win over England, moved up to a career-best third spot in the latest ICC rankings for batsmen. Starting the five-Test series against England in 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace, scoring 405 runs in three Tests so far. India currently lead the series 2-0. The 28-year-old Kohli scored 62 and six not out in the recently-concluded
The fastest time taken to solve a Rubik's Cube by a person in India is 5.72 seconds -- a feat achieved by Chennai boy Vijay Kishore. The eighteen-year-old from SRM University set the new National record this year on November 26 at a competition held at Montefort School in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, by solving the Rubik's cube in an attempt that broke the earlier record of 6.56 seconds. The world record
Bhavini of DPS wins bronze in National Badminton Championship, JAMMU: Bhavini Dalpatia, class VIII-K student of Delhi Public School (DPS), Jammu brought laurels to the institution by winning bronze medal in the Open National Badminton Championship in U/15 category, organized by Badminton Association of Punjab at Jallandhar, recently. She was also awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1100.

Penguin acquires Sunita Narain’s book on India’s Green Movement. Penguin India has acquired Sunita Narains “Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through Indias Green Movement“, a personal account of one of India’s foremost environmentalist experts. The book includes an “environmental manifesto” in which Narain lays out a blueprint for the direction India must take, if it is to deal with the exigencies of
Cognizant to acquire Mirabeau BV to expand digital expertise.  American multinational corporation Cognizant will acquire Mirabeau BV for an undisclosed amount to expand Cognizant’s digital business capabilities in the Netherlands and across Europe. The 15-year old digital firm Mirabeau specialises in verticals like travel and hospitality, financial services, retail, and B2B sectors. Its clients includes brands
Stripe’s co-founder, John Collison, is world’s youngest self-made billionaire. As per the report of Forbes, the co-founder brothers of Stripe Inc., Patrick Collison and John Collison, are officially the world’s youngest self-made billionaires after a fresh funding round nearly doubled  their San Francisco-based  company’s valuation to US $9.2 billion. Stripe’s co-founder, John Collison, is world's youngest

Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Pink To Be Screened at UN Headquarters on Special Invitation. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s first Bollywood movie Pink has been invited to screened at United Nations(UN) headquartes in New York, US announced by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who plays a lawyer role in the film. The movie ‘PINK’ was dealt with crime against women and it was released on
Zimbabwe Launches ‘Bond Notes’ To Ease Cash Crunch , Zimbabwe launches ‘bond notes’ currency in bid to ease cash crunch.Currency hold its value against the U.S. dollar. The bright green bond notes, introduced by the southern African nation’s central bank to try to ease a shortage of dollars, were accepted by most businesses and black market tradersZimbabwe currency.
WHO settles India, EU medicine dispute issue. In a meeting on November 24, 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) settled a long standing dispute and battle between India and the European Union (EU) about labeling of drugs by clarifying that ‘counterfeit’— will now be used by member States with respect to protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). This decision to drop the term ‘counterfeit’
Pakistan has approved Russia’s request to use the strategic Gwadar Port for its exports, signaling a new alignment in bilateral relations after decades’ of sour ties during the Cold War era. Following Iran and Turkmenistan, Russia has also decided to use the Gwadar Port for trade to have an access to warm water a top Pakistani official privy to the development was quoted as saying by Geo
IFFI nominates 8 movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal , The International Film Festival of India has nominated eight movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Festival Director Senthil Rajan said, Allama is the only Indian film competing for the prestigious award. The remaining seven are from Canada, Spain, Iran, Turkey,
TORONTO:  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday approved one controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast, but rejected another. He approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline to Burnaby, British Columbia, but rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C. These are the first major pipeline decisions for Trudeau, whose Liberal
Telangana village renamed ‘Kavithapuram’ after CM’s daughter, TRS MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha. Villagers of Khanapur in Telangana’s Nizamabad district have renamed their village as ‘Kavithapuram’ after the daughter of CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. The residents of Khanapur gram panchayat passed the resolution as a “token of reverence” towards TRS MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who helped the villagers
The Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), hosted the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 in New Delhi from 3-5 November 2016.  The Delegations from 41 countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China,

New Zealand, Australia most searched by Indian travellers in 2016 , According to a survey, Australia and New Zealand have emerged as favourite destinations amongst Indian travellers. Global travel search company Skyscanner drew comparisons between travel searches from 2015 and 2016, highlighting the places where Indian travellers will be ushering in 2017. According to the survey, crunching numbers
According new  data from Civil  Registration System ( CRS) released by the Office of the Registrar General of India, Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) continues to worsen in India. The SRB has declined to 887 in 2014 from 898 in 2013. The  ratio  has  been  declining  since  2011  when  the  figure  was 909. Thus, Sex ratio at birth is still on the decline. Key facts The SRB based on CRS figures indicate the gap
NEW DELHI:  India's GDP takes a 3 per cent hit every year due to road accidents, equivalent to over USD 58 billion in value terms, a United Nations (UN) study has found out.Conducted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the study says that in value terms, the country is behind Japan among the 19 countries covered in the Asia-Pacific region.
NEW DELHI:  If India continues with the current trend of "poorly planned, sprawling and unconnected" pattern of urbanisation, it could impose an estimated cost of up to $ 1.8 trillion by mid-century to the country, a new study today said. The new report 'New Climate Economy on India's urbanisation potential' said that better and smarter urban growth could be an economic opportunity for

Parliament Live: Lok Sabha committee finds AAP’s Bhagwant Mann guilty of Parliament security breach, to submit report to Speaker tomorrow, Political uproar erupted following the implementation of the demonetisation policy by the Narendra Modi government had been affecting the parliament since more than a week. And with opposition parties blaming the Prime Miister and the central government
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu to head CMs Committee on Demonetisation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been nominated by the Central Government to head the sub-committee of Chief Ministers of five States constituted to deal with the situation arising out of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes.  Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley requested Chandrabab Naidu to
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has set up two high-level advisory committees to gather inputs from experts, including on service providers and corporate liquidation. IBBI has been set up under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and is expected to soon operationalize. The two committees have begun their deliberations. Key Facts The advisory committee on services: It will be

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