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Thursday, 9 June 2016

A two-day national summit on the theme ‘Smart Cities in the Era of Digital India’ will be held under the ‘Knowledge Exchange – Goa 2016’ programme in the city on June 10 and 11, with the top politicians and bureaucrats from most of the 33 cities selected under the Smart City Mission attending the same. City MLA and vice chairman of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) Sidharth Kunkalienkar,

A spectre now haunts the information technology (IT) sector in Tamil Nadu, that of trade unions. The state, in a significant departure, has said the IT sector will now be covered by the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, which allows workers to form labour unions.Kumar Jayant, principal secretary for Labour and Employment of the Tamil Nadu, which is among India's top three software exporting states, clarified this to the Puthiya

The Union Government on 8 June 2016 decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga.At present, the AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017.Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik announced the plan in New Delhi while inaugurating the National Health Editors' Conference.

World Health Organization (WHO) on 8 June 2016 recognised Thailand, Armenia, Belarus and Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis.
The announcement was made in New York on the eve of the United Nations General-Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. On this occasion, the representatives of these four countries were

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 8 June 2016 announced that a new Indian Reserve Battalion in Rajasthan will be named after Maharana Pratap. The battalion will be named as Maharana Pratap reserve battalion. Maharana Pratap, a Rajput ruler who had fought against the Mughals and never bowed before them, is attributed as the greatest warrior of the Mewar region.The announcement was

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and partners on 6 June 2016 launched Anaconda-16 Exercise, the biggest ever joint military exercise in Poland. The drill is part of NATO's exercise program and is being held just weeks before NATO's summit in Warsaw that is expected to decide that significant numbers of NATO troops and equipment will be based in Poland and in the Baltic

CHENNAI: Frontier Lifeline , a Chennai-based heart hospital has tied up with Russian scientists to manufacture a low-cost mechanical heart pump that can serve as an alternative to a transplant or as a temporary measure before transplant. The 'Made in India' device will be available at one-third the cost of existing devices - 30 lakh as against 90 lakh said senior cardiac surgeon Dr KM Cherian. The device, called Left Ventricular Assisted Device (LVAD), can be

LONDON: India was today ranked low at 141st place on a Global Peace Index -- making it less peaceful than countries like Burundi, Serbia and Burkina Faso -- with violence taking a USD 680-billion toll on its economy in 2015. In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria has been named as the least peaceful, followed by South Sudan , Iraq , Afghanistan and Somalia. On the other hand, Iceland was ranked as the

NEW DELHI: Post offices across the country will soon be providing assistance to pensioners in linking their their accounts to Aadhaar numbers. Besides, the Centre will be taking steps to ensure quick grant of Aadhaar numbers to pensioners in north eastern areas .This was decided by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a video conference held last week with representatives of pensioners' association on various matters concerning them. It

NEW DELHI: Foreign investors in companies that provide armoured car services or train private security guards will have to comply with the 49 per cent FDI cap, the government has clarified, ending ambiguity over whether such firms could be considered logistics providers. A stringent framework for private security agencies, in line with the home ministry's definition of such entities, has been put in place in the annual FDI compendium published by the Department

NEW DELHI: Former Vodafone Group chief executive Arun Sarin has joined the Advisory Board of Trucaller, followed by a capital investment in the mobile communications app. With his global experience and network, Sarin will be focusing on supporting and advising the company on the overall strategy, the Sweden-based company said in a statement on Thursday. Truecaller offers services related to caller ID, spam detection and search. "Over the last few years, we have

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has said that home buyers cannot be charged service tax on payments made towards purchase of under construction apartments from builders if the total value of the apartment includes the land value. However, service tax can still be levied on preferential location charges (PLC) that builders charge from buyers. The court also said that if the developer has already collected service tax, buyers would be refunded the amount with 6%

AGRA: After 13 years of research and crores of rupees spent, parachutes meant for special forces designed by a Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) lab here have not only failed field trials but have also been classed as "seriously life threatening", according to an audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), that slammed the functioning of the lab and the indigenous manufacturer. The report (no. 44 of 2015) released on

NEW YORK: A 30-year old Indian entrepreneur has been named by Time magazine to its 2016 list of "10 millennials who are changing the world " for building a phone which can help people to interact and access critical services by communicating in their native languages. Umesh Sachdev has been named by Time to its 2016 list of "10 millennials who are changing the world" for his work on "building a phone that can understand almost any language". Sachdev,

NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama having resolved to facilitate greater movement of professionals, investors and business travellers, students, and exchange visitors between the two countries and the signing of an MoU for development of an international expedited traveler initiative (also known as the Global Entry Program), some Indian travellers are now set to join an elite group that enjoys expedited clearance upon

A study appearing in the journal PLOS ONE this week shows that bioluminescence -- the production of light from a living organism -- is more widespread among marine fishes than previously understood. Most people are familiar with bioluminescence in fireflies, but the phenomenon is found throughout the ocean, including in fishes. Indeed, the authors show with genetic analysis that bioluminescence has evolved independently 27

Chaitanya Tamhane, the director of the universally acclaimed multilingual dramaCourt (2015), has been selected by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón as his protégé under the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative for 2016–17, as per anIndieWire report. 29-year-old Tamhane's debut feature won upwards of 30 international awards, including two big trophies at the 71st

Seeking more teeth to check call drops, the regulator TRAI has asked government to amend law to allow it to impose penalty of up to Rs 10 crore on mobile operators and jail term of up to two years on their executives for any violation of regulatory framework. This follows a Supreme Court judgement quashing the TRAI order that asked telecom operators to compensate subscribers for call drops. The regulator has

The Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar has written to BCCI newly elected chief Anurag Thakur, suggesting him to include a limited-overs cricket tournament for boys under 23.The BCCI conducts various junior and senior tournaments every year. At under-19 level too, it has Cooch Behar Trophy, which is a four-day format. An under-19 challengers tournament was introduced last year. owever,

As part of promotion of use of Rajbhasha in the administration and daily affairs of Government departments and agencies the Rajbhasha Shield was awarded to Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Visakhapatnam Port, Indian Navy, AIR and HPCL. The awards were decided at the 65{+t}{+h}Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) held meeting

Scientists suggest searching for carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) stars as research shows their capability of hosting Earth-like planets. Carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides and diamonds possibly hosted life in the early universe, a new study has revealed.Scientists suggest that searching a rare class of stars might help find these 'diamond worlds'. Here's all you need to know about this discovery:

Mexico supports India joining non-proliferation body the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday, and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked him for his backing. In pics: Mexican President tacos Modi for dinner and walk.India is emerging from decades of isolation over its nuclear arms programme, and is poised to join the Missile Technology Control Regime

NEW DELHI, June 8: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh convened here today a meeting of the Hindi Advisory Committee reconstituted by him under the auspices of Department of

SRINAGAR, June 8: In order to save energy and costs, the Government would be providing LED bulbs to the consumers at subsidized rate, so that the revenue so saved would be used on other developmental initiatives. This information was given at a high level meeting convened to discuss providing of LED lights to consumers at subsided rates to save energy.The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh and was attended by Minister for 

Deviating from an established practice, the government has returned twice to the Supreme Court collegium a recommendation made by it. The collegium headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has stood by its recommendation to appoint an additional judge to the Patna High Court, overruling the government’s objections on both the occasion. Highly-placed sources in the government said today that in November, 2013 the collegium had 

The four superheavy, radioactive elements will be completing the seventh row of the periodic table. Scientists have recently discovered and named four new elements which will soon be added to the periodic table. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, on June 8, 2016, announced that the proposed names for the newly discovered elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are nihonium,

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited has been awarded with the National Award under the category ‘DISCOM – Promotion/Facilitation’ for Roof Top solar programs. The award was presented by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, GoI, Shri Piyush Goyal to Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO& MD, Tata Power-DDL  during   the National Workshop on Roof Top Solar Power

SRINAGAR, June 8: Madhu-kar Gupta, former Home Secretary and Chairman of the Committee to Strengthen Border Protection (CSBP) along with members of his Committee Dr Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Advisor; K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ashok Prasad,  former Secretary (Internal Security) in Ministry of Home Affairs, and officers of the National Security

London, Jun 9 (PTI) "Spider-Man" star Elizabeth Banks, Gemma Arterton, Reese Witherspoon and pop group Little Mix are among those, who picked up prizes at the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Awards."Pitch Perfect" director Banks scooped the Filmmaker of the Year gong at the ceremony held here, and used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to her mother, reported Female First. "I want to thank my

LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting gravitational waves. The Mission was led by the European Space Agency (ESA) scientists with the contribution of NASA.This research was ublished in Physical Review Letters on 7 June 2016.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick, which was founded by renowned Indian-origin Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, on 7 June 2016 was bestowed the Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II.
Who is Kumar Bhattacharyya? 

Veteran journalist KK Katyal passed away on 8 June 2016 following a brief illness in Delhi. He was 88. He is survived by his wife and daughters. He was a former Delhi Chief of Bureau of The Hindu, who led the newspaper’s wide-ranging coverage from the National Capital during a particularly eventful phase of political change.

SIIMA, the most glamourous South Indian Awards has become the favourite spot for celebrities to make important announcements, thanks to the phenomenal reach provided by the organizers across in all forms of media. The latest update is that the makers of Sivakarthikeyan's Remo have decided to unveil the single 'Senjitaley' from their ambitious film Remo on July 1st at SIIMA 2016 in Singapore. 

The first batch of women fighter pilots, comprising three cadets, will be inducted in the Indian Air Force on June 18. The three women pilots will be commissioned into the fighter stream on June 18 this year after successful completion of the initial training, official sources said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is also expected to attend the event. Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would

United Nations, June 9 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Swedish Major General Per Lodin, a logistics expert, to head the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that monitors the situation in Kashmir. India does not recognize the UNMOGIP's mandate. He is to succeed Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who is completing his two-year assignment

New Delhi: Tata SIA Airlines Ltd, which operates an airline under the brand Vistara, has signed on actor Deepika Padukone as its first brand ambassador, two people familiar with the development said, asking not to be identified.Spokespersons for Vistara and Padukone declined comment.“Deepika was chosen as she blends with the Vistara brand,” said one of the two people. “She captures the spirit of the airline—warm and

New Delhi: This year’s Pinkathon Chennai, held on June 5, 2016, saw an active participation of 125 World Vision India workers. Pinkathon Chennai 2016 is aimed at helping spread awareness on breast cancer and educate people to understand the causes and prevention. The Pinkathon is India’s Biggest Women’s Run, founded by Mr. Milind Soman and Ms. Reema Sanghavi, organised by the United Sisters Foundation and

 Mumbai: The Royal Society’s prestigious University Research Fellowships (URF) scheme, which supports exceptional young scientists, is to receive a £5.6 million boost thanks to generous funding from a group of Tata companies, including Tata Sons, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The funding will establish nine new Tata University Research Fellows in the Physical Sciences and Engineering

New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book titled “The Education President” today (June 8, 2016) at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan. He received the book from Vice President, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari who formally released it. The book published by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building, OP Jindal Global University

New Delhi: In the august presence of Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology for setting up of ‘Kalpana Chawla Chair’ on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways at PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh was signed today i.e. on 30.05.2016. On the event of Signing Ceremony, Chairman Railway

Mumbai: With his Film & Media Arts institute Whistling Woods International (WWI) entering its 10th year, and having had the success of it being rated as one of the ten best film schools in the world, Founder & Chairman Subhash Ghai is delighted to announce a scholarship for meritorious yet indigent students in the name of Padmashri awardee Lata Mangeshkar ji.

New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd., the country’s largest exporter and the second largest car manufacturer announced that it has expanded the scope of its agreement with 25 ITIs in India. As a responsible corporate citizen, this is Hyundai Motor India’s initiative to contribute to Govt. of India’s Skill India Programme. This expansion of Hyundai’s association with 25 ITIs comes after a successful completion

New Delhi: Airport Authority of India (AAI), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) here today signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where AAI has committed to contribute an amount of 5.25 crore of its CSR funds to NSDF along with land and premises for setting up skill development centres in the country for scaling up skill development

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: Professional exam providers in India are struggling to maintain the relevance of their exams – and they are also concerned about cheating – according to a recently published report. The study, conducted by Pearson VUE in partnership with IMRB, surveyed senior managers from 100 exam-owning companies and institutions in the medical, legal, finance, IT and higher

Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years from Tennis by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on 8 June 2016 for using a prohibited drug. She will remain under suspension for two years, commencing on 26 January 2016. The Russian tennis sensation was provisionally banned in March 2016 after testing positive for meldonium at Australian Open in January 2016. Meldonium is a metabolic

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