The Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG) headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that five members of parliament (MPs) selected for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards. Among those selected is Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, Manipur’s governor. . . . .
A three-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park here from February 9 with nearly 200 leading ornithologists expected to attend. "The purpose behind the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its. . . . .
Mobile payments company Paytm and Alibaba Group-owned AGTech Holdings Ltd have formed a joint venture to launch Gamepind, a gaming platform aimed at mobile users in India. Gamepind will offer a host of popular social, casual and sports games with an exclusive rewards programme. The platform will be available as a standalone. . . . .
India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries. The survey by GoBankingRates ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics provided by online pricing database Number. The metrics are 1)Local purchasing power index 2)rent. . . . .
R&B star Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner at the Grammy Awards, with a clean sweep of the top awards including Album, Record, and Song of the Year, and six overall. Rapper Kendrick Lamar took home five Grammys on a night that featured powerful #MeToo moments, especially from Kesha, who delivered a searing. . . . .
Acclaimed Ottanthullal artiste Kalamandalam Geethanandan passed away while delivering a performance at Avittathur, Kerala. The 58-year-old theatre artiste and film actor collapsed on stage in the middle of the act. He was given first aid and rushed to the hospital. However, he could not be saved.Geethanandan had given. . . . .
The Economic Survey 2018 has predicted that the Indian economy will be growing at a fast pace, with the GDP growing at 7-7.5 percent in the current fiscal. The survey also shows that the number of indirect taxpayers has increased by 50 percent after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST.) This is the. . . . .
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched Pledge for Khelo India at Khelo India School Games Carnival in Delhi.The pledge resonates with the vision of Khelo India programme and is aimed at inspiring youngsters to build mass participation and excellence in sports. It also promises to the participant and encourages. . . . .
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur launched the ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety in the state. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government, which comes with a panic button. It would be available in both Hindi and English languages. . . . .
Roger Federer was the defending champion and successfully defended his title, defeating Marin Cilic in the final. Federer won with 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 against Cilic. It is the 6th Australian Open, which Federer has clinched. Also, it is the 20th Grand Slam title which Federer grabbed. The. . . . .
Vijay Gokhale will take charge as the next foreign secretary, succeeding S Jaishankar.A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India's Ambassador to China before moving back to the MEA in New Delhi. Gokhale will have a two-year. . . . .
Oxford Dictionaries has chosen 'Aadhaar' as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well. The announcement was made at a session "Oxford Dictionaries' Hindi Word of the Year" during the ongoing Jaipur. . . . .
The Central Government announced the recipients of Padma awards in various categories for 2018.The President has approved the awards for 85 individuals, which includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan, and 73 Padma Shri. The awards are announced on the event of the Republic Day every year. In sports. . . . .
The Country celebrates Republic Day on January 26 every year. Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent. . . . .
Minister for Science and Technology launched four new schemes which seek to help young researchers to realize their potential more fully for their own benefit as well as for the betterment of the society at large. The first initiative called Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) Scheme. The. . . . .
Cultural extravaganza Bharat Parv will be held at the Red Fort in Delhi as part of the Republic Day celebrations. Bharat Parv will be organized at Red Fort from January 26 to 31 on the occasion of Republic Day. The prime objective of the event is to promote rich cultural diversity of the country, generate a. . . . .
National Voters' day is being observed on 25th January. The objective of the day is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. The day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process. 25th January is also the foundation day of the Election. . . . .
On the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had separate bilateral meetings with leaders of three ASEAN nations - Myanmar, Vietnam and Philippines in New Delhi. The PM first met his Vietnamese counterpart and held talks with on issues. . . . .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the National Bravery Awards 2017 to 18 children for their fearless act of bravery from across the country here at his residence. On the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the winners' efforts and their courageous acts. Among the 18 awardees, three. . . . .
Two NASA astronauts conducted the first spacewalk of the year while working on a robotic arm. Astronauts Scott Tingle and Mark Vande Hei, crew members of the Expedition 54 aboard the International Space Station (ISS), spent about 6.5 hours outside the space station. The two astronauts replaced LEE-B with a spare. . . . .