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Monday, 6 June 2016

Jakarta: Indonesian author Laksmi Pamuntjak's 2012 novel, "Amba” won the 2016 Liberaturpreis, an award given by German literary association Litprom to recognize female writers from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America, Jakarta Globe reported.In an online statement issued Friday, Litprom announced that Laksmi's work was selected as a winner based on a public vote by readers that took place over several

Delhi High Court on Monday dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking selection trial for 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Olympics 2016.The court, in its last Thursday hearing observed that it was not mandatory for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to hold a trial between the Haryana grappler and Narsingh Pancham Yadav of Maharashtra to decide who will represent India at the Rio

N.K. Chari on 30 May 2016 took over as the Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of Mysore.The State Bank of Mysore is one of the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI). Prior to his new position, N.K. Chari served as the Deputy Managing Director of State Bank of India. He joined State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer in September 1978. He served as the Chief Operating Officer

In recently released 2015 Good Country Index (GCI), India has been placed at 70th position in the list of 163 countries. The list has been topped by Sweden as the best country in the world when it comes to serving the interests of its people and contributing to the common good of humanity. Key facts Top 10 Countries in 2015 GCI: Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Canada, France, Austria

India’s first Mr Universe and eelebrated body-builder Manohar Aich passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal age-related ailments. He was 104. Manohar Aich had won the Mr. Universe title in 1952 and was nicknamed ‘Pocket Hercules’ due to his 4-feet, 11-inch frame.  He was also nicknamed “Bahubali”. About Manohar Aich Born onMarch 17, 1912 in Tipperah, Bengal in then British India (now in Bangladesh). He had joined the

The unseeded pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan survived three match-points and won the doubles title with a 6-3, 3-6, [11-9] victory over second seeds Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski of Britain in the €42,500 men’s Challenger tennis tournament in Manchester on Sunday.
It was a commendable fare from Purav and Divij, as the duo beat the top seeds as well as the

The 2016 junior World Cup hockey will be hosted in Lucknow after the state government agreed “in principle” to Hockey India’s proposal for the same.The decision was taken after Hockey India president Narinder Batra met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday to finalise the details.Work on upgrading the existing infrastructure to ensure compliance with

Arctic may become ice-free this year or next for the first time in more than 100,000 years, a leading Cambridge scientist has claimed. According to the predictions of Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University in the UK, we could see “an area of less than one million square kilometres for September of this year”.Provisional satellite data produced by the US National Snow and Ice Data

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a review meeting on Monday on the performance of Public Sector Banks (PSBs). Key points of discussion included credit flow, expansion of banking activity and bad loans position.

This is at a time when these are severely stressed by bad loans and have incurred record losses in the last quarter. He also reviewed the MUDRA yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan

NASA scientists located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions. They used a new satellite-based method to locate the sources of toxic emissions.The study was published in The Nature Geoscience journal on 30 May 2016.NASA scientists of Environment and Climate Change, Canada along with The University of Maryland, College Park, and

Odisha in the first week of June 2016 became the first Indian state to give transgender people social welfare benefits, such as a pension, housing and food grains.The state took the step to give the transgender community the same benefits as those living below the poverty line. The step was aimed at improving their overall social and economic status.

Assam Assembly on 4 June 2016 passed the Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016. The legislation will facilitate the enterprises with a view to attract fresh investment in the state through an easy computerised clearance system.The Bill replaces the Assam Ease of Doing Business Ordinance, 2016 which came into effect on 26 February 2016.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain on 4 June 2016 won the French Open Women’s Singles tennis title at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.For the 22-year-old Muguruza, this was her first Grand Slam title. With this win, she also became the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Sanchez-Vicario in Paris in 1998.To win the title, she defeated the defending champion Serena

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) banned media coverage at the premises of Golden Temple on June 6, the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar. The order in this connection was passed by SGPC Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh.In a letter written to Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chahal and District Public Relation Officer Sherjang Singh Hundal, Harcharan Singh sought help of the police to keep the media away from the periphery of Golden Temple on June 6 morning when the

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of the Kingdom of Sweden on the eve of their National Day (June 6, 2016). In a message to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, Kingdom of Sweden, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm

04 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 30th May to 5th June 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 7 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh , 17   in Assam, 23 in Jharkhand, 6 in Rajasthan,8 in Madhya Pradesh , 13 in Bihar, 3 in Chhattisgarh,  and 27 in Meghalaya . The progress of ongoing
Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff today, 06 June 16. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Pune, he was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1982. The Admiral has held various challenging Staff and Command assignments during his distinguished naval career spanning

On the World Environment Day today, the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar has highlighted the need for increasing the green cover and protecting wildlife. “Urban forestry is the new thrust area and we will be taking up massive tree plantation drive in as many as 200 cities and towns across the country” said Mr. Javadekar at a commemorative function
In terms of Budget Announcement 2016-17, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today flagged off the inaugural run of the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi Safdarjung Station. Shri Suresh Prabhu who was on tour to Mumbai, flagged off this train through video conferencing between Mumbai and Delhi.Several dignitaries were present on this occasion at both

The Green Initiatives Programme of the Indian Navy completes two years on World Environment Day. Over this period, considerable impetus has been given to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the Navy. Being a responsible and multidimensional force, the Indian Navy believes in an all inclusive and sustainable growth. Accordingly, the focus has not only been on correcting its ‘impact’ on the energy

Around 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs across the country, representing 120 media organizations will come together on a single platform at the first ever ‘All India Women Journalists’ Workshop’ organized by Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi tomorrow. The women journalists represent print, electronic and online media across the country including small regional media organizations. This

Home Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy said that despite attempts by Andhra leaders, the Telangana government would complete construction of irrigation projects in the State and extend irrigation to about 1 crore acres. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the first jail museum in the district headquarters on Sunday, Mr. Narasimha Reddy said that Andhra

Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said Mulugu would become the seed hub of India. Speaking to reporters after examining the ongoing construction work at Mulugu, Mr. Srinivas Reddy said the horticulture university would be established soon that would give a fillip to research activity. “Mulugu will also be transformed into an education hub. Cultivation
With several government and Zilla Parishad schools on the verge of closure following low enrolment of students due to advent of private English medium schools in various parts of the district, the district administration had decided to launch special drive of enrolment of students into government schools by opening English medium schools following the demand

Shobhana K. Pattanayak of the Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DoAC&FW), has called on all value chain actors, including farmers, seed companies, private sector, and research organisations, to find a joint solution to resolve all hurdles and issues that are preventing Indian farmers from meeting their demand for hybrid pigeonpea seeds and

The first Global Telangana Convention opened in Dallas, showcasing the rich culture of the land amidst thousands of people who descended at the SLPS Convention centre from different parts of the world including India. True to its image the event focused on the development issues related to the region and the culture than political issues that are quite common on such

Pro Kabaddi, promoted by Star India and Mashal Sports has announced the formation of an Ethics & Governance Committee in a move to adopt and ensure incorporation of best practices with immediate effect. The fourth season of Pro Kabaddi is set to commence on the 25th of June, 2016 and conclude with the Playoffs between the 29th – 31st of July 2016.This newly constituted Committee is mandated with a

Mo Farah of Great Britain poses for a picture after winning the Men's 3000m during the Birmingham Diamond League meet at Alexander Stadium on June 5, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Getty Images)
The Olympic champion broke the record in the 3000 metres category at the Diamond League in Birmingham.Double Olympic champion Mo Farah continued his build-up to the Rio Games by breaking

A NASA astronaut will enter the first human-rated expandable module deployed in space to investigate the potential challenges and benefits of such habitats for deep space exploration and commercial low-Earth orbit applications. Jeff Williams' entry on Monday will mark the beginning of a two-year data collection process.He will take an air sample, place caps on the now closed ascent vent valves, install

Norway's MPs have reportedly agreed to ban or reduce the sale of all cars running on petrol and diesel after 2025, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk lauded the move and tweeted, "Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!"Norwegian Liberal Party MP Ola Elverstuen told local

Having mastered the art of fabricating its own space launch vehicles and satellites for a range of purposes, India has planned to launch at least a satellite every month, Mylswamy Annadurai, Director, Indian Space Research Organisation’s Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, has said. ddressing a function organised here on Sunday by Sterlite Copper to honour the SSLC and Plus- Two

he government of India has signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the latter to loan $200 million to upgrade 176 km of state roads inJharkhand. The total cost of the project, due to be completed by December 2019, is $306.25 million. The Jharkhand state government will finance the remaining amount.Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19

After bagging the strategically important Chabahar Port in Iran, the government is looking eastwards and is in discussions with Bangladesh to develop a similar facility in Payra. India Ports Global, the joint venture between state-run JNPT and Kandla Port for overseas ports, is interested in the expressions of interest which have been invited for construction of Payra port in Bangladesh.The Narendra Modi

HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co. Ltd, the non-life insurance joint venture between HDFC Ltd and ERGO International of Germany, said that it will acquireL&T General Insurance Co. Ltd in an all-cash deal worth Rs.551 crore. PromoterLarsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) will exit the general insurance business via the deal.L&T General Insurance, which began operations in

Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won gold medal on in people’s choice prize at world championship festival of sand sculpting Russe, 2016 in Bulgaria for his sand sculpture – “Drugs kill Sports”. After recently bagging a gold medal in Moscow for creating a beautiful sand sculpture on Peace and Nonviolence, Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik and his skills have done the nation proud,

Nominations and Winners list for Golden Kela Awards 2016 has been released and we are all set to find which one was worst film of the year or who was worst actor or actress of the year 2016. At least according to this particular jury who presents this award every year.Golden Kela Awards is the Indian version of Razzies to offer award for worst of the year in Film

Eminent actor and theatre personality Sulabha Deshpande passed away 4 June 2016 in Mumbai. She was 79.Deshpande was considered to be one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement that swept Mumbai in the 1970s.• Sulabha Deshpande was an acclaimed Indian film, theatre and television actress and theatre director.• She started her career as a teacher at Chhabildas Boy's High

World number one Novak Djokovic on 5 June 2016 won 2016 French Open title. In the final clash in Paris, Djokovic defeated Britain's Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. It was Djokovic's first French Open title and 12th major title of his career. Other 11 titles include six Grand Slam titles from the Australian Open, three from Wimbledon and two from the US Open. Among men, only Roger Federer (17),

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government today announced its first ever 'IT and Electronics Start-up Policy', having special focus on encouraging new ventures by providing them various incentives and subsidies. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced the policy, which will be applicable only to IT and electronics related start-ups. "Under the policy, the state government would develop 50 incubator . to mentor and guide 2,000 start-ups in the next five years",

DOHA: India today evinced interest in joint exploration of new oil and gas fields as well development of discovered assets in resource-rich Qatar as the two countries decided to focus on enhancing cooperation in the energy sector. India also invited Qatar to invest in the country's exploration and production sector by bidding for the blocks under the new 'Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing' Policy and take part in disinvestment of Indian PSUs . An MoU was signed with

India's oil minister said on Monday that the government was ready to help with the revival of projects including Nagarjuna Oil Refinery Ltd."The government will support any project, within the legal framework, to boost the country's oil sector. The Nagarjuna refinery is also one of these projects," Dharmendra Pradhan told CNBC's Hindi-language news channel.Nagarjuna

Saudi Arabia's National Transformation Plan, a pivotal element of the "Vision 2030" reforms announced in April by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be put before the cabinet for approval on Monday, a senior Saudi source told Reuters.The plan is expected to flesh out sector-by-sector details of the implementation of Prince Mohammed's programme,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held talks with Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, taking forward bilateral ties with an important Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member. India and Qatar signed seven bilateral agreements.
Some of the agreements include:

A High Powered Committee on 'Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi' has called for a paradigm shift in transport planning and policy interventions to check explosive growth in automobile population in the national capital and move people more efficiently than cars through effective public transport system. The Committee set up by the Minister of Urban

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), founded in 1895, functions to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering with industry, government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
Pune-headquartered Kirloskar Ebara Pumps Limited (KEPL), a joint venture of Kirloskar

Morocco (June 04, 2016) - The year 2016 will definitely be a golden year in the career graph of Achraf Baznani as he bags the prestigious Prize Colosseo award in Italy. Baznani becomes the first Moroccan photographer to claim this prestigious award which is conferred for enhancing the image of that of the city of Rome. This award ceremony was initiated in the year 2009 to celebrate the 2000th Birth anniversary of the Roma Emperor Vespasian who built the historical Roman Colosseum. The recipient of this ward receives

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