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IMF has Suggested three Structural Reforms in India

International Monetary Fund has suggested a pronged approach for structural reforms in India that includes 1.Reducing the number of labour laws 2.Improving infrastructure 3.Closing the gender gap among others  There should be three policy priorities in the area of structural reforms   according to IMF they are. . . . .

UNESCO’s new Director-General Audrey Azoulay

UNESCO’s executive board has chosen former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay to be the UN cultural agency’s next leader The US announcement this week that it’s quitting UNESCO rocked the multi-day election and heightened concerns about the agency’s funding and future direction. Azoulay succeeds outgoing Director-General. . . . .

Indira Gandhi national Integrationaward to T.M Krishna

Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna has won the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015-16. The singer, who won the Ramon Magsaysay award for bringing “social inclusiveness in culture” in 2016, will be presented with the honour by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on October 31, Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary.. . . . .

Switching to methanol as ship fuel

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said India must use pollution-free methanol as fuel like Sweden which is switching over to it from diesel He said that in a bid to reduce pollution at sea, the Centre has initiated talks with engine manufacturers to make bio-fuel compliant engines for ships The Union Minister for Road. . . . .

Hypersonic Vehicle Realistic by 2050

India will make Air-breathing Hypersonic Cruise vehicles by overcoming all challenges within a decade from now to use them on military warfare opined scientists. They also said that the scientists would make affordable hypersonic planes by 2050 with which humans could fly from New York to New Delhi within two hours. lot of complexities. . . . .

Proxy-vote to NRI’s soon

Soon non-resident Indians (NRIs) would be able to proxy-vote in elections in the country as the government was set to amend the Representation. . . . .

 World Class Universities in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government intends to unshackle these institutions and. . . . .

Tianjin open won by Sharapova

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova won Tianjin Open on Sunday since her 15- month doping ban

Shanghai Masters won by Roger Federer

Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6- 4, 6-3 on Sunday. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend drawing him. . . . .

Indian airports capacity should be enhance : Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation

As per a Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) study says India needs to invest up to $45 billion to create an additional capacity. . . . .

Filmmaker Lekh Tandon passes away

Filmmaker Lekh Tandon passed away on Sunday  Mr Tandon has directed films like Amrapali (1966) and Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977)

Abdul Kalam birth anniversary observed

India celebrates the 86th birth anniversary of India's 11th President  2002-07 Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on 15th. . . . .

Doklam effect on Chennai- Mysore high speed railway line

The Chennai-Bangalore- Mysore corridor is a 492-km long proposed high-speed railway line A Chinese company submitted its final report in November 2016. Chinese team. . . . .

WORLD BANK CAUTIOUS ABOUT PROTECTIONISM

After years of disappointing growth, the global economy has begun to accelerate, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Thursday, at the start of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.  He cautioned that a rise in protectionism and policy uncertainty could derail this fragile recovery.

Compulsory hallmarking for jewellery

The government has empowered theBureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to make hallmarking of jewellery compulsory for 14, 18 and 22 carats. Until now, jewellery could. . . . .

GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO DEAL WITH NPA’S : FINANCE MINISTER

Finance Minister ArunJaitley has said the government, faced with the issue of non-performing assets, is working on a plan to rebuild the capacity of India’s banking sector so as to support growth.  Gross non-performing assets (NPA) of the public sector banks rose to Rs 6.41 lakh crore at the end of March 2017. . . . .

AIRTEL, TATA TO MERGE TELECOM BUSINESS:

Bharti Airtel and Tata on Thursday announced that they have entered into an understanding to merge Consumer Mobile Businesses (CMB) of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited (TTML) into Bharti Airtel. As part of the agreement, Bharti Airtel will absorb Consumer Mobile Businesses (CMB). . . . .

US AND ISRAEL QUIT UNESCO

The U.S. on Thursday announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing it of “continuing anti-Israel bias.”  UNESCO is the first UN agency to have admitted Palestine as a full member in 2011.  As required by law, the U.S. has stopped. . . . .

UNITY DEAL BETWEEN HAMAS AND FATAH

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with President Mahmud Abbas calling it a “final” accord.Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza. . . . .

SEX WITH MINOR WIFE RESULT IN 10 YEAR JAIL TERM

The Supreme Court judgment, that came on October 11, criminalised sexual intercourse by a man with his minor wife. The apex court said that it can attract a jail term of 10 years under the India Penal Code or even a life term under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.  National Family Health. . . . .

ANANTA – MAESTROS OF INDIA’ BY ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION SELECTED AS ‘WORLD MUSIC ALBUM’

‘Ananta Volume 1 – Maestros of India,’ the official submission of The Art of Living Foundation has been accepted for the upcoming 60th Grammy Awards as a ‘World Music Album’ and one of the tracks, Guru Stotra, composed by Pt. VikkuVinayakram featuring 3 successive generations, SelvaganeshVinayakram and SwaminathanSelvaganesh. . . . .

COMMITTEE FORMED TO COMMEMORATE MAHATMA GANDHI’S 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head a government committee formed to coordinate year-long celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary from October 2, 2019, the culture ministry said today.  The committee includes the chief ministers of all the states, representatives from across the political. . . . .

SC LAYS NORMS FOR ITSELF AND HCS TO DESIGNATE LAWYER AS SENIOR

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a slew of guidelines, including setting up of a permanent committee led by the Chief Justice of India, to accord senior designation to lawyers.  Composition (1+4) : 1. CJI  2. Two senior most SC or HC judge 3. Representative of the bar     4. . . . .

48th CONFERENCE OF GOVERNORS:

Addressing a conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan here, P.M mentioned the target of ‘New India’ by 2022 and emphasised that this can be achieved only by making it a people’s movement, a PMO statement said. P.M also said that the Governors can “motivate” banks to give. . . . .

Indian GDP growth likely to be at 7% by NITI Aayog

Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar has said the economic slowdown that began in 2013-14 has bottomed out and the GDP is likely to grow 6.9 to 7 percent this fiscal and 7.5 percent in 2018-19.

Indian economy growing at solid track by IMF 

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagard said that Indian economy was on a “very solid track” in the medium term, days after the International Monetary. . . . .

Narendra Modi visited Kedarnath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kedarnath on Friday, a day before the portals of the Himalayan shrine close for winter. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stones for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including the renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb,. . . . .

Indo-Tibetan Border Police is raising a mechanised column of power vehicles

For the first time in its over 50 years history, the ITBP is raising and deploying a mechanised column of power vehicles and machines to speedily mobilize troops along the Sino-India border. . . . .

AP Rythu Runa Mafi 2017 3rd Phase

The state government of Andhra Pradesh has announced the 3rd list of eligible farmers of Rythu Runa Mafi Yojana 2017 and can be checked online on the official website at apcbsportal.ap.gov.in. Andhra Pradesh Rythu Runa Mafi Yojana is a farm loan waiver scheme under which the state government has waived-off Rs. 3600 Cr. towards. . . . .

13,000-yr-old cave paintings found

Prehistoric new cave paintings were found in Thaatimattayyah hills, 10 km from Mancherial district headquarters in which painting of ‘shaman’ (sorcerer), who was considered as a holy man, was unearthed. Shaman is considered as a divine man who has access to supernatural spirits and protects his people with his touch. He. . . . .

Sadar Festival in Telangana

What started as an annual social gathering of the Yadav community decades ago has now transformed into a prestigious event The Telangana State Festival Sadar (Dunnapothula panduga) , covering the entire city. Sadar was started during the reign of Nizam VII when the Yadavs in erstwhile Hyderabad state used to converge. . . . .

kidambi-srikanth-wins-denmark-open-2017-third-super-series-title-of-the-year

Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Superseries title of the season on Sunday, as he crushed South Korean Lee Hyun II to win the men's singles title. Srikanth cantered to a 21-10, 21-5 win in just 25 minutes as he added to the titles of Australian Open and Indonesian Open in the season. Overall, it was his fifth Superseries title.

Sawfish facing more threatening than tiger

A statement issued by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here on Monday said the sawfish may be the most endangered fish species in India. Sawfish is elasmobranchs. . . . .

Javed Akhtar conferred with Hridaynath award

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is being honored with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award on the 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts and the. . . . .

Life ban on Sreesanth restored by Kerala High Cort 

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday set aside a single judge’s verdict quashing the life ban imposed on cricketer S. Sreesanth by the Board of Control. . . . .

Keshavalu is chief of seed advisory panel

Director of the Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Agency ( TSSOCA) K. Keshavulu has been named the chairman of the advisory council of the International Seed Testing Association to coordinate the international seed agencies and the seed industry.

Old train coaches to be used as shelters

The state government exploring the possibility of using old and condemned railway passenger coaches as shelters for needy and homeless at the request of the Union ministries of housing and urban affairs and railways, the Telangana Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (TMEMPA) has directed 16 urban local bodies. . . . .

Nalco plans two joint ventures

Aluminium major Nalco is planning to set up two joint ventures one with USbased Almex and another with Russia’s Rusal at the upcoming Angul Aluminium Parkin Odisha 

Commodity options on gold futures

India’s largest commodity exchange MCX on Tuesday launched options trading in gold with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley describing it as one of the steps towards formalizing. . . . .

NASA’s spacecraft identifies magnetic tail around Mars

NASA has found some important information regarding the red planet’s magnetic field. The magnetic field around Marc is not visible to naked eyes. The magnetic tail looks like a rotating tail, and it is said that the reason behind this formation is the solar winds that have been stripping the planet of its atmosphere and. . . . .

Rohingya crisis is worst than Syrian crisis

Between 10,000 and 15,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh over the past 48 hours, taking the total Rohingya population to have fled Myanmar to 5,82,000 the UN High Commissioner. . . . .

Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi was country's most polluted city on Diwali day

Rajasthan's Bhiwadi, which is infamous for its smoke-emitting industries, has now has got the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the country.  The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) issued a report on Diwali mentioning ambient air quality which has revealed pollution level in. . . . .

Journalist who leaked Panama papers killed 

A journalist ( Daphne Caruana Galizia) who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday by a car bomb.

United Nations Medal for Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan 

Fifty Indian peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan have been awarded the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building a durable peace in the conflict-ridden. . . . .

Narendra Modi inaugurates ferry service in poll-bound Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 October inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 615-crore ‘roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro)’ ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch in the Gulf of Cambay. “Every day, 12,000 people travel between south Gujarat and Saurashtra while 5000 vehicles. . . . .

Lakshmi Mittal donated 25 millon US dollars to Harvad University

Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal donated a whopping USD 25 million to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with India and other South Asian countries The donation will establish. . . . .

All Institute of Ayurveda inaugurated on Ayurveda Day

P.M told that the government is working towards setting up an Ayurveda hospital in each district and asserted. . . . .

Naval exercise by USA and South Korea

South Korean and US troops have begun five days of naval drills amid North Korea’s renewal of its threat to fire missiles near the American territory of Guam.

Aitel and Millicom merged their operations

Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular on Monday announced the closure of a deal to combine their operations in Ghana the company will continue to operate. . . . .

Abu Dhabi fund contibution into NIIF

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on Monday became the first Institutional investor in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund's Master Fund with an investment. . . . .



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