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More earthquakes can be expected in next year

Scientists say a number of severe quakes are likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation. Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger. . . . .

‘’Aadi Mahotsav’’ tribal cultural programme organising in Delhi

The “Aadi Mahotsav” is being organised by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, New Delhi from 16th November to 30th November 2017. Theme: The ‘theme’ of “Aadi Mahotsav” is ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’.

Namami Barak festival held in Assam

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Namami Barak festival in Silchar, Assam. Besides showcasing the potential and possibilities of the Barak Valley, the festival will ensure a boost in trade and economic activities in this part of Assam. Barak Valley is a gateway to Southeast Asia under. . . . .

100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi celebrated across the nation

19 November 2017 marked the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. Key events related to Indira Gandhi: 1. She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India 2. She served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her. . . . .

16th Annual Convocation of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha held in
Hyderabad

The Vice President of India said that language can help good governance because information and knowledge can create an enlightened citizenry. He addressed the 16th Annual Convocation of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, in Hyderabad.

The Richest Country in the World Per Capita:Qatar

As per the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report.Qatar has been named the world's richest country based on the per capita income of its people. The per capita GDP (gross domestic product) of Qatar is over Rs. 81 lakh. India has moved up one position to 126th position Top 3 as per reports: Qatar. . . . .

Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis(TB)

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has recently announced the launch of the daily regimen for TB patients across the country under the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP). Health Ministry is providing thrice-weekly regimen for treatment of TB, however, it has now decided to change treatment strategy. . . . .

Manmohan Singh selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was selected Indira Gandhi Prize for peace, disarmament, and development for his leadership of the country. He was unanimously chosen for the award by an international jury chaired by former President Pranab Mukherjee. The prestigious award accorded annually by Indira. . . . .

The World Toilet Day

The World Toilet Day (WTD) is observed every year across the world on 19 November to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.  In 2001 The World Toilet Day was instituted by World Toilet Organisation. ‎In 2013, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had officially designated November. . . . .

Delhi government to form ‘Mahila Suraksha Dals’ to curb crimes against women in national capital​​​​​​​

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that The Delhi government would form Mahila Suraksha dals (MSDs) to curb the crimes against women in the national capital. The government would constitute these teams in coordination with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). DCW chief Swati Maliwal said as a pilot project,. . . . .

Parasitic plant found in Nagaland named Gleadovia konyakianorum

Scientists have discovered a new species of parasitic flowering plant that has no chlorophyll and survives by feeding on another species of plant that does (chlorophyll helps a plant make its own food using sunlight). The species, named Gleadovia konyakianorum, in honour of the Konyak tribe of Nagas, was identified during. . . . .

Bronze for Pankaj Advani in IBSF World billiards championship

Pankaj Advani settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World billiards championship after losing to English opponent Mike Russell in the semifinals here. Russell reached the desired 1250 mark ahead of Advani. Fact sheet: Venue- Doha (Qatar)

Push to encourage start-ups in cyber security

To encourage the development of new technologies in the field of cybersecurity, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will offer challenge grants of up to Rs. 5 crores to start-ups to spur research and development. Fact sheet: Minister for Electronics and IT- Ravi Shankar Prasad  

100 Indian companies created 1.13 lakh jobs in USA: CII study report

The study “Indian Roots, American Soil,” found that 100 Indian companies have created 1,13,423 jobs in the U.S with an investment of $17.9 billion, across all   The States of USA. New Jersey, Texas, California, New York and Georgia are home to the most number of workers in America directly employed by Indian. . . . .

BASIC countries announced support for implementation of climate agreements

The advanced developing countries quartet BASIC comprising India, China, Brazil, and South Africa have reiterated political commitment to the “full, effective, and sustained” implementation of the UN Climate Convention and its treaties, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Fact sheet: The BASIC countries (also. . . . .

Majority of Australians supported same-sex marriage

Celebrations swept across Australia on Wednesday as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage, political leaders immediately began moves to enshrine the historic shift in law by Christmas. Almost 62% of the 12.7 million people who participated voted “yes” to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex. . . . .

Military seized power in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s military seized power on Wednesday saying it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals” around the president. Robert Mugabe has ruled the nation since independence 37 years ago. Fact sheet: Capital- Harare Currency- United states dollar

4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child labour

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said that the Government of India is fully committed to continue working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eliminate child labour. The Minister made this statement at the plenary session of the 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication. . . . .

Jharkhand celebrated 17th state formation day

Every year, the state celebrates its foundation day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of tribal leader Birsa Munda, an important figure in the history of the Indian independence movement. Carved out of Southern Bihar in 2000, the state has been at the centre of Naxalite-Maoist insurgency and also accounts for at least. . . . .

BS-VI fuel in Delhi from 01st April 2018

In a bid to deal with the critical pollution situation in the national capital, the Ministry of Petroleum has brought forward the date for the rollout of BS-VI fuel for Delhi to April 1, 2018, instead of the original deadline of April 1, 2020. Environmentalists welcomed the Centre’s decision on Wednesday to advance the. . . . .

Patanjali group for setting up food park in Telangana

The Telangana state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Patanjali Group for setting up a huge food park in the Nizamabad, Telangana. The Patanjali Group had committed an overall investment of over Rs 10,000 crores countrywide at the recent global food processing fair, World Food India, organised by. . . . .

Shanshan Feng becomes world No.1 in Women’s Golf Rankings

In a historic first for professional golf, Shanshan Feng, of the People’s Republic of China, has reached No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings (WWGR). She becomes the first player from China, male or female, to sit at the top of the golf rankings.

India out of Under-19 Asia cup

Defending champion India was knocked out of the Under-19 Asia Cup after suffering its second defeat in three days as the Rahul Dravid-coached side went down to Bangladesh by eight wickets here on Tuesday. Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Proposals for second round of UDAN scheme

The government has received 141 initial proposals covering 502 routes under the second round of regional air connectivity scheme UDAN.The government’s UDAN scheme aims to boost air connectivity to and from unserved and under-served airports. The 502 routes seek to connect about 116 airports and helipads, including 49 unserved. . . . .

Nandi awards announced by Andhra Pradesh government

The Andhra Pradesh government announced Nandi film awards for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. It also announced the NTR National Award, RaghupatiVenkaiahPuraskarams and the Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani National Award. 2016 winners: Best film- 1. Pellichoopulu 2. ArdhaNaari 3. Manalo Okadu Best popular feature. . . . .

GI tag to BanglarRasogolla and Mamallapuram stone sculptures

The Geographical Indication (GI) Registry and Intellectual Property India on Tuesday presented the Geographical Indication Tag status to BanglarRasogolla of West Bengal and Mamallapuram stone sculptures of Tamil Nadu. Sculptures from Mamallapuram were known to be carved in stone with characteristics of intricate designing. . . . .

Anti-Superstition bill introduced in Karnataka assembly

Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017, popularly known as the ‘Anti-Superstition Bill’, was tabled in the Legislative Assembly. It seeks to ban the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual (where devotees roll over plantain leaves that have leftover food) in public/religious. . . . .

Telangana to constitute 40 more Urban Local bodies

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K.T. Rama Rao stated that the government was keen to declare major panchayats as municipalities with more than 15,000 population as per 2011 census and the comprehensive household survey taken up across Telangana. Minister also revealed that these steps could. . . . .

World Diabetes Day observed

World observed November 14 as World Diabetes Day. Theme: The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or be living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines. . . . .

International Solar Alliance to commence from 06th December

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which will become a legal entity on December 6, has planned to add 1,000 gigawatts (GW) of solar power across the globe by 2030. It is estimated that the plan to create 1000 GW of solar power capacity will need an investment of nearly 1,200 billion Euros by 2030. The current installed. . . . .

BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) launched.

The Government of India launched the BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund targeting an initial amount of about Rs.8,000 crore. This Index is a unique blend of shares of key CPSEs, Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and also the Government-owned shares in blue-chip private companies like. . . . .

Wholesale inflation for October recorded as 3.59%

The wholesale price index (WPI) went up in October to 3.59 per cent from 2.60 per cent in September.According to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the wholesale price index (WPI), with the revised base year of 2011-12, went up in October to 3.59 per cent from 2.60 per cent in September. Factsheet: Base year for WPI is 2011-12

India International Trade Fair inaugurated

The President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind, inaugurated the 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) -2017 in New Delhi. Point to be noted: It Commences every year on November 14. 222 companies from abroad, are participating at IITF 2017. Thirty-two of India’s states and Union territories are represented.

15th edition of Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the control of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology organizing the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference from November 12-15, 2017 in New Delhi. This is the 15th Conference of APCERT and first ever conference in India and South. . . . .

4th edition of ‘HunarHaat’ exhibition launched at IITF

The fourth HunarHaat exhibition is being organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi from 14th to 27th November 2017. HunarHaats have become a successful mission to provide employment and income generation opportunities with platforms for marketing. . . . .

UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: Vancouver 2017

Minister of state for defence, Dr.SubhashBhamre will represent the Government of India at the ‘UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: Vancouver 2017’, which is being held on November 14-15, 2017. Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organisations are expected to gather at the Defence Ministerial. . . . .

National child awards on the occasion of Children’s day

The President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind, presented the National Child Awards today (November 14, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Children’s Day. The National Child Awards include: The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement that give recognition to children with exceptional abilities Outstanding. . . . .

Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took his victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton battled from the back to finish fourth. Vettel controlled the race after taking the lead from pole position man ValtteriBottas' Mercedes at the start. Hamilton, his fourth world title won at the last race in Mexico, provided much. . . . .

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced retirement

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests. He famously captured 24 wickets. . . . .

Leander Paes and Purav Raja won Knoxville Challenger tournament

Leander Paes and Purav Raja swept aside the duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 in the summit showdown of the Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament in Tennessee It is Paes and Raja’s first-ever title after joining forces in August this year. Earlier, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles. . . . .

India to be third largest economy by 2028

India is likely to achieve strong growth over the next decade and will overtake Japan in nominal GDP by 2028, to emerge as the world's third-largest economy, according to report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch report. India has already overtaken Brazil and Russia to emerge as the second largest BRIC economy after China.

CPI inflation is 3.58% in October

Retail inflation accelerated to 3.58% in October on the back of rising food and fuel prices, according to official data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on Monday. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was 3.28% in September.Core inflation, which excludes food and. . . . .

EU nations joint defence agreement

At least 20 countries in the European Union will sign up to a new defence pact next week, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and develop joint military hardware. The Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, could be the biggest leap in EU defence policy in decades and may go some way to matching the bloc’s economic. . . . .

Major earthquake along Iran-Iraq border

A major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing at least 415 people and injuring thousands.The 7.3-magnitude tremble had its epicentre in Penjwin, Sulaimaniyan Province, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq

Telangana Fiber Grid under Phase-II of BharatNet

TelanganaFiber Grid programme is all set to a get a fresh boost with the Central government signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telangana State government and allotting Rs 1,243 crore under Phase-II of BharatNet programme which is a hi-speed rural broadband network. The MoUs were signed during the national. . . . .

India becoming world’s top sulphur dioxide emitter: study

India's emissions of the air pollutant sulphur dioxide increased by 50 percent since 2007, while China fell by 75 percent, claims a study which found that India is yet to implement emission controls like its neighbour. The study led by researchers at the University of Maryland in the US suggests that India is becoming,. . . . .

Audrey Azoulay was appointed as Director-General of UNESCO

Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay was appointed as Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. She is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position, replaces outgoing DG Irina Bokova

Rice Field laboratory in Manila named after PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory' the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines on Monday. IRRI is international agricultural research and training organization known for its work in developing rice varieties that contributed to Green. . . . .

National education day observed on November 11th

November 11 has been celebrated as the National Education Day since 2008. The date has been chosen to commemorate the birth anniversary of independent India's first education minister – MaulanaAbulKalam Azad. MaulanaAbulKalam Azad was born AbulKalamGhulamMuhiyuddin on November 11, 1888.  The freedom fighter and. . . . .

4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue to begin on 13th November

A high-level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr François-Philippe Champagne is visiting India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD) scheduled to begin in New Delhi. The Indian delegation will be led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu.  Efforts would. . . . .



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