Russia has been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (South Korea) in an historic decision by the International Olympic Committee – although some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.The head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, revealed the decision in a press conference in Lausanne,. . . . .
The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which aims at increasing solar energy deployment in member countries, will become a treaty-based international inter governmental organization from 06th December 2017. The ISA, headquartered in India, has its secretariat located in the campus of the National Institute of Solar. . . . .
Indian-American California senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine’s 2017 list of ’50 Leading Global Thinkers’. She belongs to democratic party of USA. She is the first-ever Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate. Seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate,. . . . .
India successfully test-fired Akash its supersonic surface-to- air missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha.The state-of- the-art indigenous missile targeting an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) 'Banshee' was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
The list of 10 most followed Indians on Twitter in 2017 topped by Narendra Modi with 37.5 million followers, Amitabh Bachchan with 31.5 million followers in second position. Top Hashtag Trends of the Year: Tamil film Mersal generated colossal engagement from fans of South Indian cinema, making #Mersal the top hashtag. . . . .
Lawyers demanding percentage of claimed amount from clients:The practice of some lawyers demanding a percentage of the claim amount awarded to clients by the courts as professional fees, was severely criticized by the Supreme Court and ruled that this amounts to “misconduct” and goes against public policy. The. . . . .
Telangana government is setting up T-Works in Hyderabad by the end of 2018. With an equipment worth $20 million, it will be set up in 2,50,000 square feet area.The initiative was announced by IT Minister KT Rama Rao at India Design Summit organized by CII in collaboration with Telangana government.T-Works is expected to serve. . . . .
Meeting for the first time after its constitution last week, the 15th Finance Commission on Monday decided to involve various research organisations across the country. The panel will decide on devolution share of states from central taxes It will suggest measures to improve the Consolidated Fund of a State. . . . .
Global rating firm Fitch Ratings has cut India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 percent from its earlier projection of 6.9 per cent in September, saying that the rebound in the economy was “weaker than expected”. The cut in GDP growth estimate by Fitch. . . . .
United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever, an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern seaboard of the United States. The five-day drill, which is called Vigilant Ace, is meant to improve the. . . . .
China has thrown open its economic corridor with Pakistan for investment by other countries. China invited other countries to participate in the corridor on the “principle of equality and voluntarism”. China announced this statement on the occasion of completion of first phase of 1320 Megaatt Port Qasim power project.
The Madhya Pradesh assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill that will see rapists of girls 12 years or below being hanged till death. The bill will be sent to the Centre and will need the assent of the President to become a law. Background: The development comes after the latest NCRB report revealed that Madhya. . . . .
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies,. . . . .
World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December.World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. 2017 Theme: ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’ Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General. . . . .
Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on 4/12/2017 after prolonged illness. He was 79. The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films during . . . . .
The State government on Monday constituted a cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to oversee the arrangements for the ensuing five-day World Telugu Conference, to be held from December 15 in the city. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao, Roads and Buildings Minister. . . . .
The first phase of the Shahid Beheshti Port in the Sistan-Baluchestan province inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 03rd December. Significance: Construction of the Chabahar port in Iran will contribute to regional trade It helps to bilateral and regional trade and economic development. . . . .
The Central government is working on issuing a new set of enhanced pictorial and text warnings and planning to print the national toll-free anti-smoking helpline number on the packets of all tobacco products to amplify the message. Exam point: The National Tobacco Cessation QuitLine-1800 227787 is a dedicated toll-free. . . . .